Internationally known and respected intellectual-columnist-blogger Andrew Sullivan was kind enough to submit to an e-mail interview with me recently. His responses are brief, but this is understandable due to his busy schedule. Here is the result:
1 - You seem to support the idea of Bush choosing Condi Rice as his running-mate in 2004. She has never been married. If she were to become Bush's VP candidate, how do you think the press will handle the inevitable question of whether or not she is a lesbian? How will the Right deal with this?
AS - It should be a non-issue.
2 - You are an HIV-positive gay man. Do you think the President should focus more on a cure for this monstrous disease than on helping HIV-positive Third World peoples live a little bit longer?
AS - It's not either/or. A full cure is unlikely. Good treatments can work.
3 - You support the right of gay men and women to marry. As a gay man, this is to be expected. How do you view those who are ambivalent about such a proposal, and think (without anti-gay bigotry) that marriage should remain between a man and a woman.
AS - I think they need to be reassured that including gay people in marriage will do nothing to affect or weaken the heterosexual institution.
4 - The current budget deficit is enormous. Should the Bush tax cuts be repealed, should spending be cut, or should there be a combination of the two? Or should short-term deficits be ignored if the larger issue is long-term economic growth?
AS - If we means-tested social security and medicare, and ended agricultural subsidies and corporate welfare, we wouldn't be talking about deficits. We'd be talking about fast growth and surpluses.
5 - Who do you feel is the strongest Democrat in the current field to take on Bush in 2004?
AS - Howard Dean.
6 - Does Bush have a chance in winning California in 2004, with the help of Arnold? Or is Cali destined to be a "Blue State"?
AS - Almost certainly a Democratic state. The damage the far right has done to the GOP in California will take more than Arnold to heal.
7 - Should Kurds be given a larger role in post-war Iraq, given their strong support of the US?
AS - They should be given their fair share - no more, no less.