The Corner

Trying Hard

Andrew Sullivan is making a big deal out of one of our NRO contributors’ description of Roger Simon’s social views as “lean[ing] hard to the left,” since these views–pro-same-sex marriage, pro-choice, etc.–are not all that far left. He finds the characterization “disturbing.” He is too easily disturbed. Simon himself, in the quote to which the description is a preface, calls his own social views “very liberal.” Sullivan even quotes that remark. Maybe our contributor was simply paraphrasing what Simon himself said. And maybe Sullivan should lay off.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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