So Sullivan was targeted by all sides as an Obamabot and an Obama apologist following his Newsweek cover story.
But last night he very obviously and self-consciously reacted to critics by completely trashing the president's speech and by praising Mitch Daniels' ultra-conservative, the-sky-is-falling-AAAHHHH! response -- a response, by the way, in which Daniels, George W. Bush's budget director who presided over turning a surplus into a record deficit and doubled the national debt, chastised the president for adding to the debt! Instead, this "sane Republican," as Sullivan called him, demanded more tax cuts for the rich -- a prospect that, when passed by the Bush team, contributed most to the debt.
It happens too often. I somehow get lulled into being sympathetic to Sullivan, and then he turns around and kneejerks into something more closely resembling a cable news "better not look too biased" hack.