WALTER RUSSELL MEAD CORRECTS CERTAIN EXCITABLE BLOGGERS: The “Christianist” Nightmare: It’s Just A Bad Dream. “I remember a United States where Andrew Sullivan’s darkest fantasies were fulfilled — and I’ve watched us move steadily away from that for nigh on sixty years. . . . Sullivan doesn’t, I think, get the whole sweep of American life. On a couple of issues — abortion comes to mind — the social policy consensus is creeping a bit to the right, but generally speaking the Christian right today stands for positions that were considered fairly liberal not all that long ago.”