Hitchens Hits a Homer
I know, I know: this is the guy who trashed Mother Teresa. But he has a devilish knack for pricking the pieties of both left and right — and the man can write!
So in today’s Wall Street Journal on “The Perils of Identity Politics” he concludes:
Not to dampen any parade, but if one asks if there is a single thing about Mr. Obama’s Senate record, or state legislature record, or current program, that could possibly justify his claim to the presidency one gets . . . what? Not much. Similarly lightweight unqualified “white” candidates have overcome this objection, to be sure, but what kind of standard is that?
I shall not vote for Sen. Obama and it will not be because he — like me and like all of us — carries African genes. And I shall not be voting for Mrs. Clinton, who has the gall to inform me after a career of overweening entitlement that there is “a double standard” at work for women in politics; and I assure you now that this decision of mine has only to do with the content of her character.