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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Required Reading

posted by on October 14 at 8:35 AM

Christopher Hitchens on McCain/Palin:

But the difference in character and temperament has become plainer by the day, and there is no decent way of avoiding the fact. Last week’s so-called town-hall event showed Sen. John McCain to be someone suffering from an increasingly obvious and embarrassing deficit, both cognitive and physical. And the only public events that have so far featured his absurd choice of running mate have shown her to be a deceiving and unscrupulous woman utterly unversed in any of the needful political discourses but easily trained to utter preposterous lies and to appeal to the basest element of her audience….

The most insulting thing that a politician can do is to compel you to ask yourself: “What does he take me for?” Precisely this question is provoked by the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin. I wrote not long ago that it was not right to condescend to her just because of her provincial roots or her piety, let alone her slight flirtatiousness, but really her conduct since then has been a national disgrace. It turns out that none of her early claims to political courage was founded in fact, and it further turns out that some of the untested rumors about heróher vindictiveness in local quarrels, her bizarre religious and political affiliationsówere very well-founded, indeed. Moreover, given the nasty and lowly task of stirring up the whack-job fringe of the party’s right wing and of recycling patent falsehoods about Obama’s position on Afghanistan, she has drawn upon the only talent that she apparently possesses.

It therefore seems to me that the Republican Party has invited not just defeat but discredit this year, and that both its nominees for the highest offices in the land should be decisively repudiated, along with any senators, congressmen, and governors who endorse them.

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Is this required reading because Christopher Hitchens said it?

Posted by ? | October 14, 2008 8:42 AM

Well that just about sums them up well.
Ok I am off to vote (Canada). Yes we are picking our so called leader today. YAWN!

Posted by -B- | October 14, 2008 8:46 AM

So what? She's hot.

Posted by TVDinner | October 14, 2008 8:49 AM

@1 No, you fool. It's required reading because of what he wrote.

Posted by Rod | October 14, 2008 8:52 AM

@2: And you had your Thanksgiving already too! Canada is getting ahead of us...

Posted by Abby | October 14, 2008 8:54 AM

Will the next thing he writes, when he modifies his statement (because he's never quite completely on track, but writes opinion as fact), also be required reading?

He's no more then a glorified blogger.

Posted by Sparky | October 14, 2008 8:56 AM

A stopped clock is right twice a day.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 14, 2008 8:56 AM

You know McCain's henchmen were just sitting around going, "We need a broad" and chose her. Much in the same way Bush looked around, saw Condi, and said, "Damn - she's a broad and one of THEM! Yee HAW!" Then he did another shot, pumped his fist in the air and did the white man's pimp walk in victory.

Posted by I saw it | October 14, 2008 8:58 AM

Condi isn't actually stupid though.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 14, 2008 9:14 AM

True. Condi is proven intellectual. Palin is a rube.

Posted by sheisty | October 14, 2008 9:17 AM

But does he think Tina Fey is biologically incapable of being funny?

Posted by Eric Grandy | October 14, 2008 9:36 AM
I used to call myself a single-issue voter on the essential question of defending civilization against its terrorist enemies and their totalitarian protectors, and on that "issue" I hope I can continue to expose and oppose any ambiguity. Obama is greatly overrated in my opinion, but the Obama-Biden ticket is not a capitulationist one, even if it does accept the support of the surrender faction, and it does show some signs of being able and willing to profit from experience.
Hitch still thinks invading Iraq, and maintaining the occupation, is defending civilization. I guess he has no choice. Unlike most war supporters, who would benefit from admitting their error, doing so would erase the final faint specks of credibility he has left.
Posted by elenchos | October 14, 2008 9:47 AM

I generally despise Christopher Hitchens, but he is right for once.

Posted by Eddy968 | October 14, 2008 10:13 AM

He's preaching to the choir. The people who need to read this will never see it. This needs to be rewritten on billboards in rural America using smaller words.

Posted by Jen | October 14, 2008 10:22 AM

Christopher Hitchens is greatly overrated in my opinion.

Posted by Christy O | October 14, 2008 10:33 AM

Remember that time when Christopher Hitchens got himself waterboarded? Dude, that was AWESOME!

Posted by Bub | October 14, 2008 11:03 AM

I agree with #s 7 and 13.

(And #9 - Bellevue Ave is always right. Condi just plays stupid for Dubbya's sake.)

What really surprises me is Hitchen's eloquence. Didn't think he had it in him.

Posted by Ayden/VA | October 14, 2008 11:36 AM

Can I get an "Amen"?

Posted by Vince | October 14, 2008 2:06 PM

Damn, I hate to agree with him.

Posted by beelzebufo | October 14, 2008 3:46 PM

condi isn't stupid, she just gets wet for stupid. who are we to judge her for her fetishes?

Posted by ellarosa | October 14, 2008 11:22 PM

From what Mr Hitchens says, it sounds like Mrs Palin would be a good candidate to replace Elizabeth Hasselbeck on "The View."

Posted by Seajay | October 15, 2008 8:26 AM

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