Monday, October 24, 2005

The Decline of Christopher Hitchins

Christopher Hitchens was once my favourite political commentator. Something happened him during Clinton's reign. Whatever it was turned him from an acerbic, astute and witty writer into a irrational ranting bore. His recent comparison of himself to Gore Vidal is a measure of how deluded he has become.

His hatred of Clinton seemed personal and visceral. Maybe he got snubbed at some Washington party. The Hitch's hubris is Caligulean. In attacking Clinton he found himself with some unusual allies for an old Trot. Now with Clinton gone he remains stuck with the world view of his new buddies. Against all evidence he still supports Bush and the War on Iraq. And of course his recent rant about Pinter getting the Nobel Prize is more of the same.