BEN-VENISTE: Did you tell the president, at any time prior to August 6th, of the existence of al-Qaeda cells in the United States?
RICE: First, let me just make certain. . .
BEN-VENISTE: If you could just answer that question, because I only have a very limited . . .
RICE: I understand, Commissioner, but it's important . . .
BEN-VENISTE: Did you tell the president . . .
RICE: . . . that I also address ...
It's also important that, Commissioner, that I address the other issues that you have raised. So I will do it quickly, but if you'll just give me a moment.
BEN-VENISTE: Well, my only question to you is whether you . . .
RICE: I understand, Commissioner, but I will . . .
BEN-VENISTE:. . . told the president.
RICE: If you'll just give me a moment, I will address fully the questions that you've asked.
Andrew Sullivan, who was once the editor of the New Republic, and later a controversial freelance writer specializing in gays, Catholicism, and gay Catholicism, also lays claim to the Orwell legacy. This is absurd. At least Hitchens has been to North Korea. On the other hand, Sullivan's political writing is perhaps the worst of its kind. It usually appears on his widely read website, andrewsullivan.com, though occasionally he takes the time to write a column for Salon to denounce dangerous characters such as Harry Belafonte and Sheryl Crow.
Doesn't it sometimes get a tad bit embarrassing being on the left these days?
That Sullivan...felt impelled to pick a fight with a lesser-known blogger was a sign of insecurity