July 26, 2004

Sullivan Suckupathon Now Aimed at Hoovering Money from Dems

"So long, suckers, thank's for the tips," says
Sullivan in classic "hide that second chin" pose.


Now that he's announced that he values his marriage more than his life, Andrew is passing the tip jar around in hopes of snaring a few bucks from the billions of born again Democrats that are sure to be flocking to his page after he promoted himself to the head of Conservatives for Kerry.

There's been a lot of heat and pressure directed at Sullivan -- most of it centering around the concept that Sullivan has "sold out."

Not so.

Sullivan has not sold out, he's bought in.

Let's face it. It is summer time, Andrew's a long way from a steady paycheck, and his needs are numerous and multiple. Simply put, he needs the cash and his current take is probably a long way from the high point of tip jar heaven for him of a year or two back.

What's a boy to do with the expenses of a Provincetown summer looming? Why

raise money, of course. And the best way to do that in this game, once you've drained the resources of your base, is to simply change bases. To do that something really alarming and something sure to get a new buzz whirling through the blogsphere -- especially glowing and gloating notices on all the right Dem blogs -- and Whammo! Instant traffic bloat with some coppers tossed in your cup. (No pun intended.)

Those who think this whole new plot from the drama master of online politics is sincere are sadly mistaken.

It's not politics. It's business.

Today's award for True Pith goes to the person here who commented: "If your product is tapped out or your clientele is sick of your product, just change the brand."
UPDATE: The elegant Michelle Malkin along with Wunderkinder
has some of the figures behind Sullivan's scam at : SULLIVAN'S GOLD-PLATED BANDWIDTH?

Even if you estimate Andrew Sullivan's homepage at 40KB (generous considering the lack of graphics), and you estimate his monthly visitors at 3,000,000 (generous considering I think he posted special when he got over 100,000 for one day), this still only generates 120GB of bandwidth he needs per month. Well, you can easily buy 10 GB of hard drive room, and 200 GB of data transfer, for about $500 a year.

By comparison, Sullivan raised somewhere around $120,000 from his readers last summer. A previous pledge drive raised $79,020.

Sounds like someone's getting ripped off.

Yes, but not me.

Posted by Vanderleun at July 26, 2004 12:31 PM
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You mean he's not sincere? Will blogland ever recover?

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis at July 26, 2004 3:22 PM

And, of course, conservatives share only their own money while liberals share everyone's money.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis at July 26, 2004 3:24 PM

It appears that "our man Sullivan" is a huge fan of HBO's The Wire.

Sully obviously took to heart that genius Bodie's "getting" Stringer Bell's economics lesson for drug dealing in the Terrace.

If your product is tapped out or your clientele is sick of your product, just change the brand.

Spineless pop culture vulture, that's what "our man Sullivan" has become.

Posted by: ransom at July 26, 2004 3:32 PM

Mr. Sullivan's sad case of kerrytosis reminds of several credulous saps who tried to persuade me that Jimmy Carter was the conservative candidate in 1976. With any luck, Mr. Sullivan will never have the chance to learn how wrong he is.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at July 26, 2004 7:03 PM

Andrew has degenerated into a David Brock wannabee.

Posted by: J_Crater at July 26, 2004 7:36 PM

Ransom, that's a beaut. Take heart: third season of "The Wire" is en route.

So who's Bubbles? Theresa Heinz?

Posted by: Lileks at July 26, 2004 8:48 PM

Just when I was going to tell the missus I lost the rent money on Lucky Lindy in the third at Belmont, I hit the daily double with Vanderleun and Lileks.

"So who's Bubbles? Theresa Heinz?"

With the benefit of a half day's time, we know now who Bubbles is on the nag's dais, none other than Jimmah. I didn't realize that smack and sour mash were kissing cousins until I heard Mr. Nobel speak tonight.

Now, if Sully were only half the man Omar is we wouldn't have to line Tweetie's cage with The Dish.

The Wire rocks! (At $10 a piece).

Posted by: ransom at July 27, 2004 1:00 AM

Izzat what he looks like?

I always imagined some sort of tow-headed British public school-boy.

He looks like one of the "British Bulldogs" who used to wrestle for the WWF back in the 1980's.


Posted by: Eric Blair at July 27, 2004 5:19 AM

Maybe we'll even see a biography out of all this: Memoirs of a Blog-Whore.

Posted by: P.A. Breault at July 27, 2004 8:19 AM

Wow, I thought it was a hallmark of the liberal attack to reduce all human activity to rank materialism (see Howell "They Don't Vote Their Economic Interests" Raines in today's WaPo for a classic of the genre). Sullivan (heretically, apparently) flirts with a Kerry endorsement, ergo he must be doing it for the money? This is embarrassingly juvenile from a site that is usually marked by informed commentary.

Is no one is allowed to waiver from the orthodoxy without motives being impugned? Let's even grant that Sullivan's Kerry-ward drifts are being motivated by lucre (a dubious proposition at best). So what? What about his arguments?

If you can't beat them, you can rail about him being "on the take" all you want - it will simply sound flaccid and pathetic.

Posted by: Greg at July 27, 2004 9:53 AM

As we all know, commenting on old posts is like speaking in an echo chamber.

Anyway, I guess I called it right when I said Sully was going to follow Stringer Bell's economics lesson.

Just call him, Bodie.

Posted by: ransom at July 28, 2004 7:27 PM