I've discussed Andrew Sullivan's lack of Conservative credentials here.
I've discussed Andrew Sullivan's Anti-Jew, Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israeli stance here.
I've discussed Andrew Sullivan's hatred of Former Governor Palin here.
And I've discussed Andrew Sullivan's vision of America here.
Since he is still a citizen of the Crown (UK), he has never learned the rules of engagement in American politics. That's why he went after Palin's family; He does not care.
Now the news across the wires (the main story is linked):
U. S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings says in his decision that the case is an example of how sometimes “small cases raise issues of fundamental importance in our system of justice.”
While marijuana possession may have been decriminalized, Sullivan, who owns a home in Provincetown, made the mistake of being caught by a park ranger with a controlled substance on National Park Service lands, a federal misdemeanor.
The ranger issued Sullivan a citation, which required him either to appear in U.S. District Court or, in essence, pay a $125 fine.
But the U.S. Attorney’s Office sought to dismiss the case. Both the federal prosecutor and Sullivan’s attorney said it would have resulted in an “adverse effect” on an unspecified “immigration status” that Sullivan, a British citizen, is applying for.
At the hearing, Collings observed that Sullivan would still have to state on his application that he had been charged with a crime, and he asked both the prosecutor and Sullivan’s attorney, Robert Delahunt Jr. (cousin of U. S. Rep. William D. Delahunt), for more information about why paying the $125 would have “any additional adverse effect.”
When no attorney could fully answer the question beyond citing advice from immigration lawyers, Collings requested that Delahunt submit a brief on the issue. But before Delahunt could reply, Assistant U. S. Attorney James F. Lang jumped in and said that Collings had no power to inquire why the U.S. Attorney had decided to have the charge dismissed.
Collings says he expressed his concern that “a dismissal would result in persons in similar situations being treated unequally before the law. … persons charged with the same offense on the Cape Cod National Seashore were routinely given violation notices, and if they did not agree to [pay the fine] were prosecuted by the United States Attorney … there was no apparent reason for treating Mr. Sullivan differently from other persons charged with the same offense.”
In fact, noted Collings, there were several other defendants appearing in court the same day who were charged with the same offense.
In his opinion, Collings wrote that the U.S. Attorney is “is not being faithful to a cardinal principle of our legal system, i.e., that all persons stand equal before the law and are to be treated equally in a court of justice once judicial processes are invoked. It is quite apparent that Mr. Sullivan is being treated differently from others who have been charged with the same crime in similar circumstances.”
So, what does this mean? In Andrew Sullivan's America, I wrote, he believes in a caste system. How he is treated in New England shows Americans, that without Andrew Sullivan's contacts (or for that matter Henry Louis Gates' -- I see a pattern, don't you?), what happens to the rest of us does not matter to him.
Now he is entering the world of Realpolitik on a personal level. I've been involved in politics and policy since I was 15. So, what happens next?
He has sold his soul for American Citizenship (as per a Private Bill supported by President Obama [Sponsored by Rep. Delahunt?]), so who does Sullivan sell out for his support?
Simple. If there any Gay Rights groups angling for an end to DOMA, DADT and Federal recognition of gay marriage by the Obama Administration, President Obama can use Sullivan as a shield against doing anything for those causes.
Yet, they will still blame the GOP. If I were a member of any Gay Rights group based in DC (or in any of the 49 other states), I would ask Sullivan "What deal he has with the Obama Administration for his citizenship?"
I'm sending out a warning to these groups know since we Conservatives already know his character. Be ready.