Andrew Sullivan, presently upset that Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is keeping discussions with reporters aboard her jet "off the record" (much as Barack Obama does), shows that he is slowly losing his mind:
If you want to know what it's like to live in Putin's Russia, the Republican party is giving you a good taste. This is the most appalling dereliction of duty by the press that I have ever seen in my adult life. If they had any integrity, they would stop covering her at all under these conditions. We're now well into the second week in which someone who could be president of the United States next January has not been available to the press.
For the record, under Vladimir Putin:
- Anna Politkovskaya was assassinated for reporting on human rights abuses against Chechens;
- Abdulla Alishayev was assassinated for hosting an Islamic oriented radio show;
- Magomed Yevloyev, a lawyer and reporter critical of Russian treatment of the Ingush people, was "accidentally" shot in the back of a police car and his body "accidentally" dumped in the road;
- Boris Berezovsky, a tycoon critical of Putin, was forced into exile;
- Mikhail Khodorkovsky, another businessman who stood up to Putin politically, was railroaded into a Siberian prison;
- Alexander Litvinenko, an exiled critic of Putin, was murdered by an FSB operative using radioactive polonium;
- Garry Kasparov, former chess champion and candidate for President, was beaten and jailed while running for office.
That's just off the top of my head.
In John McCain's America, meanwhile:
- Andrew Sullivan, ferocious McCain critic and celebrity blogger, somehow, against all odds, remains free and unassassinated.
We live in interesting times.
H/t: Confederate Yankee.