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									Andrew Sullivan
Journalist and Commentator

Friendship: The Forgotten Relationship
Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 7:30 p.m.

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Andrew Sullivan uses his columns, online blog, and frequent television appearances to
question the present course of conservatism in America, arguing for the revival of a
conservative tradition based on practical restraint, individual freedom, constitutional
norms, and skepticism.
As senior editor and blogger at The Atlantic and as a columnist for the Sunday Times of
London, Sullivan is one of the most provocative political and social commentators today.
His blog, The Daily Dish, is found on The Atlantic Web site, where his incisive and blunt
observations about the news inspired Playboy to rank it #1 on its list of Top 10 Political
Blogs in America.
In his latest book, The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back (2007),
Sullivan makes an impassioned call to rescue conservatism from the excesses of the
Republican Party’s far right, which risks making the GOP the first fundamentally religious
party in U.S. history. He carefully charts the arguments of the new conservatism,
showing why they cannot work in today’s America, why they fail the test of logic and
pragmatism, and why they betray the conservative tradition from Edmund Burke to
Ronald Reagan. In his landmark book Virtually Normal: An Argument About
Homosexuality (1996), he was the first to advocate civil marriage rights for gay couples.
The former (and youngest ever) editor-in-chief of The New Republic has written
extensively on a wide range of issues from the crisis in the Catholic Church to the war in
Iraq, civil liberties, and torture.
British-born Sullivan is a graduate of Oxford and Harvard universities, having earned a
master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in political science at the latter
institution. Sullivan, who was elected the youngest president of the Oxford Debating
Union, is known for his sharp debating skills as a regular panelist on the syndicated Chris
Matthews Show and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. He also makes appearances on
many other programs including CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, NBC’s Meet The Press, and
PBS’s Charlie Rose.

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Andrew Sullivan uses his columns, online blog, and frequent television appearances to
question the present course of conservatism in America, arguing for the revival of
conservative traditions for the Republican Party, not religious ideology.
As senior editor and blogger at The Atlantic and as a columnist for the Sunday Times of
London, Sullivan is one of the most provocative political and social commentators today.
His blog, The Daily Dish, is found on The Atlantic.com, where his incisive and blunt
observations about the news inspired Playboy to rank it #1 on its list of Top 10 Political
Blogs in America.

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