Hitchens: If the GOP were a dog, it would be shot

posted at 6:01 pm on June 27, 2008 by Allahpundit

Via Primetime Politics. Consider this a corollary to the McCain “I’m glad I did it” post, although doubtless Hitch is on the wrong side of that issue. I’m not sure what he means either about Maverick seeming unsure of what page he’s on, unless he means the sporadic Sunni/Shiite gaffes. But don’t let that discourage you: Red meat aplenty here about St. Barack and Mrs. O, whose sense of grievance at her lack of absolute entitlement is likened to whining about a shortage of bearnaise sauce.


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Can’t get enough of Hitchens!

Your Jewish Master on June 27, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Given that it’s the only guard dog of Western civilization on duty right now, I’m not sure that he would enjoy the consequences of it getting shot.

spmat on June 27, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Red meat–Bearnaise. Funny.

JiangxiDad on June 27, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Hitch ROCKS!

…whining about a shortage of bearnaise sauce.

Priceless.

petefrt on June 27, 2008 at 6:09 PM

It says something for the political process in this country when Obama and McCain are the nominees for president. I have known the “lesser of two evils” theory for many years. This has to be the epitome of that term.

volsense on June 27, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Best Paraphrased Quote.

Nothing is more unattractive than the Rage of the Entitled

I like A1 with my Red Meat

Kini on June 27, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Sorry to break the news, but Hitchens is a tactless moron. I’ve never in my life seen someone who is constantly so angry. His screed on religion, by the way, was just childish and idiotic.

TheBlueSite on June 27, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Given that it’s the only guard dog of Western civilization on duty right now, I’m not sure that he would enjoy the consequences of it getting shot.

spmat on June 27, 2008 at 6:06 PM

The guard dog of Western Civilization exists among the people, who at this point can barely exert enough control on the GOP (those who run the party, not the members) to keep them even slightly on the right. The GOP leadership is completely and utterly corrupt – it wants open borders, big government, and anything else it thinks will buy it the most votes to keep it in power. If the GOP went away tomorrow it would be replaced by something else, and likely something better.

ErikTheRed on June 27, 2008 at 6:17 PM

So the “brilliant” Christopher Hitchens resorts to age-ism as is only criticism of McCain? Really? That’s kind of a Kos-level attack, or something to be expected from a childish adolescent, isn’t it?

Beo on June 27, 2008 at 6:18 PM

If the GOP went away tomorrow it would be replaced by something else, and likely something better.

ErikTheRed on June 27, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Yes, but how long would the “transition” time take? Last time it took 30+ years of wandering in the wilderness of iron-fisted socialism. The sputtering collapse of the GOP would mean the functional collapse of political conservatism.

spmat on June 27, 2008 at 6:25 PM

Sorry to break the news, but Hitchens is a tactless moron. I’ve never in my life seen someone who is constantly so angry. His screed on religion, by the way, was just childish and idiotic.

TheBlueSite on June 27, 2008 at 6:14 PM

His sin is vanity. But he’s hugely entertaining, if just for the accent. I suspect he’s more famous on our side of the pond.

JiangxiDad on June 27, 2008 at 6:27 PM

I like Hitchens…but give me Mark Steyn any day. Hitchens has a great intellect but he’s just too pissed off at everything. He actually appears to be quite sober in this interview.

BigWyo on June 27, 2008 at 6:33 PM

He thinks all the candidates are horrible but you knew the kryptonitic question would go unasked: “who were you hoping would have run that didn’t?”. The negativist can’t afford to answer that question.

Buddahpundit on June 27, 2008 at 6:41 PM

Oddly enough, Hicthens is pro-life.

aengus on June 27, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Did you all feel the love in that interview? Pfffft! Hitchens is SO filled with Hate, the late Uday and Kusay Hussein seem almost “cuddly” by comparison.

My collie says:

Marxists are SO predictable.

CyberCipher on June 27, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Can’t get enough of Hitchens!

Your Jewish Master on June 27, 2008 at 6:05 PM

+1

RushBaby on June 27, 2008 at 7:07 PM

If there’s one problem I have with Hitch it’s that he apparently wants to blame Obama’s problems on either Michelle, who he has no problem skewering, or Wright. And in the case of Wright, he says “he (Obama) didn’t think it was his turn,” without fleshing out the either/or he alludes to (“crass” or “suave”). It could be a matter of tape editing here, but the dichotomy has shown up in his writings as well — trashing Michelle (who of course, deserves trashing), while bypassing the failings of Obama — although Obama, like McCain (but without the excuse of age), has also repeatedly demonstrated that he “doesn’t always seem completely clear of what page he’s on.”

Nichevo on June 27, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Some day I hope to use the word milieu as elegantly as he did. The Hitch!

Dr. Manhattan on June 27, 2008 at 7:16 PM

[Nichevo on June 27, 2008 at 7:10 PM]

Even the Hitch has trouble when looking at Mr. Mirror.

Dusty on June 27, 2008 at 7:32 PM

who cares what this self-important douche-bag has to say ? Oh yeah I forgot.

redrock on June 27, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Even the Hitch has trouble when looking at Mr. Mirror.
Dusty on June 27, 2008 at 7:32 PM

True.

Nichevo on June 27, 2008 at 7:50 PM

I so want to go out drinking with Hitch.

flipflop on June 27, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Lowry should be embarrassed by the lead-in and cornball graphics the 7th graders would reject.

Clark1 on June 27, 2008 at 8:31 PM

I so want to go out drinking with Hitch.

You beat me to it!

Your Jewish Master on June 27, 2008 at 8:44 PM

I became a fan of Hitchen’s when the intellectual elite turned quickly against the war in Iraq and Hitch was one of the few voices of sanity. He still stands up for sanity often enough to make reading him worthwhile. And I loved it when he flipped off Bill Mahr’s audience and cussed them out.

snaggletoothie on June 27, 2008 at 8:51 PM

Hitchens: If the GOP were a dog, it would be shot

Dumb comment.

byteshredder on June 27, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Yeah, Hitchens is wrong.

If the GOP were a dog, it would have a small patch of fur shaved from its arm, and a nice little needle with a nice little drug stuck in and give it the peaceful, everlasting sleep that its tired, sick little body so badly needs.

Now, on the other hand, the rabid, feral cur that is the Democrat Party…. Yeah, that would be shot.

LegendHasIt on June 27, 2008 at 10:15 PM

I so want to go out drinking with Hitch.

flipflop on June 27, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Yup..pretty much. I think his extremely dry wit is completely lost on many people. And he’s almost guaranteed to skewer something you hold dear, no matter who you are or what you believe.

But he’s remarkably entertaining and, imo, intellectually honest…even if I don’t agree with everything he says.

Asher on June 27, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Hitchens: If the GOP were a dog, it would be shot

Probably true, however this may not be a good subject for Hitch to bring up as if he were a dog he would probably be quarantined for suspicion of distemper.

MB4 on June 27, 2008 at 10:55 PM

Oddly enough, Hicthens is pro-life.

aengus on June 27, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Not that odd. I, also an atheist, am pro life past the first couple of months or whenever it is that the fetus has anything of a brain.

MB4 on June 27, 2008 at 10:59 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but I understood that Hitchens does not think much of Bill Clinton from that video.

gatewaypundit on June 27, 2008 at 11:46 PM

good stuff!

but i do think that if we compare what he says about the dems as people vs. mccain as a person, he clearly likes mccain.

homesickamerican on June 27, 2008 at 11:59 PM

Why should I care what this stupid pundit says? He is a drunk, cigarette smoking loser.

carbon_footprint on June 28, 2008 at 12:43 AM

Christopher Hitchens, thank you.

Entelechy on June 28, 2008 at 1:43 AM

Why should I care what this stupid pundit says? He is a drunk, cigarette smoking loser.

carbon_footprint on June 28, 2008 at 12:43 AM

Someone recently told me he’s a good blues singer and it’s a well kept NYC secret. He allegedly sounds like a cross between Robert Plant and John Mayall when he has enough booze in him to get up in front of a karaoke machine and an audience and do Since I’ve Been Loving You and Black Dog.

I’d pay to see it….

AprilOrit on June 28, 2008 at 1:57 AM

I became a fan of Hitchen’s when the intellectual elite turned quickly against the war in Iraq and Hitch was one of the few voices of sanity. He still stands up for sanity often enough to make reading him worthwhile. And I loved it when he flipped off Bill Mahr’s audience and cussed them out.

snaggletoothie on June 27, 2008 at 8:51 PM

I concur, and furthermore, I must admit that I can’t honestly disagree with anything he said in that interview.

It says something for the political process in this country when Obama and McCain are the nominees for president. I have known the “lesser of two evils” theory for many years. This has to be the epitome of that term.

volsense on June 27, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Personally, I think this says it best.

Cylor on June 28, 2008 at 2:35 AM

Hitchens: the only left-wing pundit and essayist left on earth with an ounce of reason, a dash of class, actual wit and hasn’t totally devolved into an irrational blathering troglodyte.

If you haven’t read Nobody Left to Lie To, I highly recomend it. It’s probably the most accurate assesment of the Clinto years ever written.

Also, there’s something refreshing about a pundit who doesn’t seem to particularly like anybody in public office and holds an equal ammount of contempt for the current state of the two major parties.

Beats listening to guys like Hannity and Colmes slobber all over themselves yelling “Rah rah for OUR guys! Boo hiss to YOURS!”

I’m no fan of leftism, and I’m sure there are more than a few issues that Hitch and I would simply agree to disagree on, but one thing we seem to share is an absolute loathing for the current two party system’s main antagonists and a common reckoning that no matter whether it’s a (D) or an (R) next to the person’s name, odds are, they’re not in the buisness of serving anyone but themselves.

I’d go him one further though: both the Democratic Party and GOP need to be taken out behind the barn for the “Old Yeller Special”.

As far as political parties go, it’s time to either get two new ones or, better still, heed the advice of George Washington himself and not divide ourselves along partisan lines and rather seek a common ground upon which to work as nothing more than The American People as a people.

SuperCool on June 28, 2008 at 2:52 AM

Cylor, your link has me in tears :).

Kevin M on June 28, 2008 at 3:44 AM

The sputtering collapse of the GOP would mean the functional collapse of political conservatism.

spmat on June 27, 2008 at 6:25 PM

Well if that’s so, then standby for the functional collapse of political conservatism, because the GOP is about to be wiped smooth the hell out.

paul006 on June 28, 2008 at 4:35 AM

Iconoclast or not I’d agree with his general thrust – the candidates this year are truly dire. We have the Obamessiah, as truly cynical and craven as a Clinton, and that geriatric ego maniac Mc-something.

Poor show.

Ares on June 28, 2008 at 5:45 AM

I noticed the interviewers only laughed when Hitchens was attacking McCain and the GOP. What a surprise.
I’ve followed Hitchens career closely over the years since I arrived in this country (I’m from across the pond too, but from Wales, so my accent is much different to Hitchens’)
Hitch has moved further to the right as he’s got older (he’s 59 now). It was a long journey; he started out as a Trotskyite. You can’t get much more left wing than that.
He spent some of his teenage years in Cuba. He was a big fan of Fidel and Che. Not anymore.
Give it a few more years and Hitch will be blogging on Hot Air.

infidel65 on June 28, 2008 at 5:50 AM

Why should I care what this stupid pundit says? He is a drunk, cigarette smoking loser.

carbon_footprint on June 28, 2008 at 12:43 AM

Man I used to really enjoy drinking and smoking.

JiangxiDad on June 28, 2008 at 7:10 AM

Right on about each of the people reviewed including the Republican candidates! I don’t like Hitchens but he is spot on! The party I use to belong to (Republicans) have decided to run idiots like McCain and they are going to get what they now deserve…a good ole’ fashion ass whupin in the fall!

sabbott on June 28, 2008 at 7:28 AM

I use to watch Hitchens and his brother debate. His brother is a conservative but remained in Britian. The odd thing is that his brother is very much against the war. It’s a tops-turvy world. That being said,at least when you listen to him debate, his arguements usually have meat and I understand where his opinions come from. Not so much in this interview, where it appeared to be only critisim. They have to edit him, he will go on forever. He’s on Hugh Hewitt’s show pretty often. Very funny.

Cindy Munford on June 28, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Cool.

Who’s the hot blonde?

pabarge on June 28, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Sorry to break the news, but Hitchens is a tactless moron. I’ve never in my life seen someone who is constantly so angry. His screed on religion, by the way, was just childish and idiotic.

TheBlueSite on June 27, 2008 at 6:14 PM

I am sooo glad I’m not the only one here that’s not ready to bow down and kiss his ass and feet.

Virus-X on June 28, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Bunch of posers…yup.

Speakup on June 28, 2008 at 10:20 AM

I love Christopher as I would a crazy brother, and I have at least one…If it weren’t for people like him, Mark Levin, Barbara Olsen, Lucianne Goldberg and several others I saw and read on MSNBC and online during the late 90′s, I would be a lonely and frustrated Clinton loather lost in confusion of the Center. These people helped me abandon the Left slowly but surely, and become a conservative, with facts to back up my loathing and change of political view.
I don’t agree with many things he says (he’s no conservative) but it certainly was fun to hear him rip these people. I do agree that the ‘elected officials’ of the Repub Party are rabid dogs, but I don’t believe in the death penalty in their case; it’s too good for them. Shame on him for insinuating that he approves of outright murder, masquerading as compassion. ;-)

Christine on June 28, 2008 at 1:47 PM

“Sorry to break the news, but Hitchens is a tactless moron. I’ve never in my life seen someone who is constantly so angry. His screed on religion, by the way, was just childish and idiotic.”
Here is another issue that i agree with Hitchens haters on. My theory is that his parents did a terrible job of raising him (neglect and/or abuse) and therefore he decided that God doesn’t exist. (If his parents didn’t love him, God doesn’t either and no one should believe the lie as well)…Besides, he’s just too smart to think that there could be a higher power anyway. As a matter of fact, I think that he’s too smart to be sober, and content to be breathing the same air as the common dolts all the time.

Christine on June 28, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Cylor, your link has me in tears :).

Kevin M on June 28, 2008 at 3:44 AM

Thanks, I try.

Cylor on June 28, 2008 at 3:42 PM

JiangxiDad on June 28, 2008 at 7:10 AM

I enjoy drinking now but have never been a smoker.

carbon_footprint on June 28, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Entelechy on June 28, 2008 at 1:43 AM

Time for CB to rethink his opinion. I respect you Entelechy.

carbon_footprint on June 28, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Even though the GOP is comatose and ready for the plug to be pulled I don’t see why anyone could consider Hitchens anything but an azzclown. I’m also unsure exactly how he can be viewed a “conservative”. Anyone ready to stack him up against the Goldwater standard?

Buzzy on June 28, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Why should I care what this stupid pundit says? He is a drunk, cigarette smoking loser.

carbon_footprint on June 28, 2008 at 12:43 AM

He’s not stupid, au contraire. He has balls of steel. I commented often why I believe this, and it goes beyond his punditry, and the ones he has in his claws.

To his vices – they are his, and ours are ours.

SuperCool on June 28, 2008 at 2:52 AM

This was indeed super cool. Loved it and agree 100%, and then there’s so much more to it.

p.s. CB, I love your comments too. Thank you for the note, but be careful – that can put you on a black list, here :)

Entelechy on June 28, 2008 at 6:27 PM

Forgot, Mr. Hitchens is not a “loser”. I’m very happy he lives and writes in my time. I’m also very happy that he became a U.S. citizen. This is the perfect country for him, at this stage in his life.

Entelechy on June 28, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Hitchens isn’t wrong on any of those points.

But — like the vast majority of us here — in the end, he’s probably going to suck it up and vote for McCain.

And he’ll find a way to justify it to himself.

tigerinexile on June 29, 2008 at 9:17 AM