The Hard Left Responds

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 5 2011 @ 2:11pm

I have to say there is a great deal of defensiveness out there. This reader conveys some of the feeling:

My reaction to the new website? Meh. My reaction to your embracing Paul Ryan's prescription for "fiscal sanity"? Why not just go ahead advocate that we round up the poor and gas them to death in concentration camps?

Good Lord. If the only proposals the left has to address the debt is massive tax increases, they should say so. And I did not embrace it in its entirety. In fact, I called for revenue-positive tax reform and much bigger cuts in defense. What I admire is Ryan's willingness to cop to the suffering and sacrifice that the Bush years made inevitable in its fiscal irresponsibility.