The Eclectic One

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Christopher Hitchens endorses Obama

Posted by Bill Nance on October 13, 2008

Christopher Hitchens, one of the truly great polemicists and essayists of our time, has endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States.

Hitchens, you may recall, endorsed George Bush in 2004 (to my horror). While he did couch his phrasing at the time (and his support of the Shrub was heavy on disclaimers) I simply couldn’t believe one of my intellectual heroes could be so disastrously wrong.

Hitchens doesn’t sing Obama’s praises, calling him overrated, but he does speak to the qualities of the opposition.

Sometimes he says, a vote really is about character. And for Hitchens, this seals the deal on the McCain candidacy.

The Juice:

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. McCain occasionally remembers to stress matters like honor and to disown innuendoes and slanders, but this only makes him look both more senile and more cynical, since it cannot (can it?) be other than his wish and design that he has engaged a deputy who does the innuendoes and slanders for him.

Good for you Hitch. I hope others who value your judgement may yet be swayed.

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