Dissent of the Day

A reader writes:

You wrote:

"Bush and Gerson are big-government liberals under their skin, men who hijacked conservatism for Christianist socialism."

Look, I loathe Bush as much as you do. But (1) Bush isn't a liberal (he wanted to privatize Social Security!) and (2) liberalism isn't socialism (I must've missed the plank in the Democratic platform about nationalizing the means of production).

I've said it before and I'll say it again:  there are two Andrew Sullivans.  One Andrew is the intellectual who penned "The Conservative Soul."  The other Andrew is a late-night AM radio talkshow host, ranting about the gold standard and how FDR was a communist.

You've got a Ph.D. for Christ's sake! Can't you see some daylight between Truman and Atlee?