I'm a huge fan. I mean, it's just the greatest formula: he thinks, we watch. I can't remember exactly when I started reading Andrew Sullivan...I think I started with Mickey Kaus first, and I know I read Kaus real early, so I probably started reading the Dish within the first several months, I guess.
Actually, I have to divide this, pre-blogging and then as a blogger. Speaking as a blogger...Andrew has been incredibly supportive to me. Just incredibly. And I appreciate it, and thank him. And I'll echo what others have said -- it certainly doesn't appear to be dependent on whether he agrees with my positions on things or not. Indeed, and I have no idea whether he'd remember this or not, but my first appearance at the Dish was as a dissent of the day, long before I started blogging (yes, I wrote the occasional cranky note to bloggers. Not, I should say, very many). But that's not the half of it. What I've found in my year-plus of doing this is that people in general are helpful, cooperative, and supportive. I've been happily shocked at how friendly everyone has been, whether it's much-appreciated links or even more appreciated helpful advice. I give Andrew Sullivan a very large share of the credit for that, for creating a community that's open to new folks.
Pre-blogging...well, without Andrew Sullivan, I have no idea how things would have evolved, but I do remember very well what the world was like for political junkies before the Daily Dish, and it pretty much stunk compared to the world now. Then as now, there were plenty of long-form articles and essays. But intelligent political conversation? I remember when I first watched Crossfire on CNN when it was new, and thinking it was more intelligent than whatever else was available (no, really. Not joking).. People watched the McLaughlin Group because it was more entertaining than other political shows. And then Sullivan and Kaus showed up, and as far as I was concerned most TV talk shows became instantly obsolete. They weren't nearly as intelligent or entertaining as the blogs. And then, the blogs got better, and Andrew Sullivan deserves a lot of credit for that, too.
So from Plain Blog, a hearty Mazel Tov to the Daily Dish, and I hope to be reading it for a long time to come.