Blogger's Pursuit of Paternity Issue Verges on Vendetta

Atlantic 's Sullivan engaging in 'Rove-style politics,' critics charge
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2008 3:52 PM CDT
Atlantic writer Andrew Sullivan poses with Huffington Post founder Arriana Huffington in a 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Andrew Sullivan, blogger for the Atlantic, has come under fire for hammering John McCain’s campaign on an issue everyone else seems to have gotten over: whether or not Sarah Palin or her teen daughter Bristol is the mother of 4-month-old Trig Palin, Howard Kurtz writes in the Washington Post. Sullivan asked the campaign in two emails last week to “confirm, on the record” Trig’s paternity.

Sullivan’s insistence has infuriated conservatives: The Weekly Standard’s Jonathan Last said Sullivan was a “disgrace” for the Atlantic. Even his colleagues have doubts—in a veiled reference to Sullivan, Atlantic writer Ross Douthat wrote that those who “bleat loudest” against “Rove-style politics” are “happy to similarly dirty their hands for the sake of their own causes,” citing media coverage of Palin's family.