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Tuesday: Are you pondering what I’m pondering?

Q:  Why is Christopher Hitchens, that “drink-sodden former Trotskyist popinjay”, still getting paid to write for Slate?

His latest piece is called, Serving the Clintonian Interest, is full of the typical anti-Clinton shtick.

China, Indonesia, Georgia—these are not exactly negligible countries on our defense and financial and ideological peripheries. In each country, there are important special interests that equate the name Clinton with the word pushover. And did I forget to add what President Clinton pleaded when the revulsion at the Rich pardons became too acute? He claimed that he had concerted the deal with the government of Israel in the intervals of the Camp David “agreement”! So anyone who criticized the pardons had better have been careful if they didn’t want to hear from the Anti-Defamation League. Another splendid way of showing that all is aboveboard and of convincing the Muslim world of our evenhandedness.

In matters of foreign policy, it has been proved time and again, the Clintons are devoted to no interest other than their own. A president absolutely has to know of his chief foreign-policy executive that he or she has no other agenda than the one he has set. Who can say with a straight face that this is true of a woman whose personal ambition is without limit; whose second loyalty is to an impeached and disbarred and discredited former president; and who is ready at any moment, and on government time, to take a wheedling call from either of her bulbous brothers? This is also the unscrupulous female who until recently was willing to play the race card on President-elect Obama and (in spite of her own complete want of any foreign-policy qualifications) to ridicule him for lacking what she only knew about by way of sordid backstairs dealing. What may look like wound-healing and magnanimity to some looks like foolhardiness and masochism to me.

Damn, that President Clinton!  Showing everyone up by trying to negotiate peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.  Why wasn’t he appropriately attentive to Mark Rich’s unsavory pardon details when he had to have known that the entire media would be covering it?  That whole Camp David excursion was just a conveeeenient distraction.

I can almost imagine a Monty Pythonesque voice in the background saying, “Well, there’s spam, spam, *bacon* and spam.  It doesn’t have too much spam in it.”  It’s the same damn spammy stuff we’ve eaten for 15 years now.  Give it a rest, Christopher.  There’s no THERE there.  I’m beginning to think that Clinton Derangement Syndrome (CDS) has run its course.  The merest mention of an investigation of the two of them fails to raise our heartbeats anymore.  It isn’t going to sell any additional papers.  It won’t get anymore hits to the WaPo online site.  We are all yaaaaawwwwwnnninng.

Maybe this was all part of the Clintons’ diabolical plan.  Let them be overexposed.  Allow some vaguely unsavory connexions to stand for awhile.  Drive the media into a frenzy while Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd exercise their IBM Selectrics for awhile and lead them all into a false sense of security.  It’ll be just like the salad days of the 90’s when there was a scandal waiting under each table in the White House.  Except now, fifteen years later, after investigation after investigation has turned up nothing but a zaftig beret wearing intern, nobody cares what the Clintons are doing.  Now, they really *can* get away with murder.  It’s wicked.

Well, who can blame the Hitchens, Dowd and Rich types?  They’re about to be has-beens, washed up.  They won’t be able to criticize The Precious without having the word “racist” flung at them.  They’re caught between a couple who most Americans admire and a President Elect whose political office will defenestrate from the press plane the first reporter whose prose is not absolutely laudatory and fawning.  That should make for some interesting reading in the next four years.  I am looking forward to a lot of “damning with faint praise” pieces.  Reading between the lines will be very entertaining.

Meanwhile, the new Foreign President, Madame Secretary Clinton, will be lavished with the kind of foreign press that she and her husband always used to get.  Christopher Hitchens should stock up on the Bombay Sapphire.

38 Responses

  1. Every hit show ends eventually

  2. Thank Gawd! This perspective may just give me something for which ti give political thanks.

  3. So now the Marc Rich story is about “pardons” plural?

    Hitchens has discovered some new proliferation of pardons? Actually, it was a commutation to a civil penalty, not a pardon at all.

    But fact-checking doesn’t matter when you are Christopher Hitchens.

  4. I’ve given up on following the msm narratives (other then what I read here). Do these pundits realize that when they pontificate on how terrible, tragic, vile a choice Hillary is for SoS that they are saying the judgment of their Dear Leader is terrible, tragic, vile too? How do they square that with their Obama love, or do they even bother?

  5. I see he also revives the old Buddhist Temple story about Al Gore.

    “yaaaaawwwwwnnn” indeed.

  6. Good morning all. This post just about took my breath away. First the stunningly over-the-top Hitchens hatred and then the brilliant Riverdaughter snark.

  7. Well, you’ve got me pondering what MSM really means.

    MSM =

    Mouthpiece Serving Millionaires

    Message Spamming Media

    Manipulating Servile Mouthpieces

  8. Snitchen’s entire raison d’etre is CDS (like Tweety).
    This is the same guy who cheered for the war in Iraq and generally, gave W a pass. And not just Snitchens – do you notice how everyone’s mum on W’s crimes against humanity but somehow still outraged by the pardon of Marc Rich? In the blissful harmony between W and Obama, only the Clintons remain the enemy.
    Also, bringing this from downstairs – for more merriment to be had on the account of the jilted neoprogs
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/jilted-neoprogs-hatch-secret-plan-dreams/

  9. They’ll keep writing because the Clinton franchise is still alive and well to prop up Barky. So, we have the Barky circus and the Clinton circus in town, a twofer! We could have had the one circus with the Clintons and they would have handled it well. But we’ve got Barky in the mix and mark way words, he will be protected and the Clintons trashed. The foreign press can say all they want, but the US press will focus on anything else than policy….and, of course, it will be Barky’s policy that succeeds and Clinton policy that fails….

    Give Hitchens some credit though for the slam piece on Barky which was well-deserved.

    Sorry, but I think the entire Democratic Party crap is just that…crap. The Clintons can play their games with Barky, but it doesn’t make me any happier.

    American Lassie reflects in a short and sweet piece on the bailout..which, frankly, is taking my attention now. For that alone, the whole crew should be in disgrace.

    http://insightanalytical.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/the-700-billion-bailout-bait-and-switch/

    Clinton came into office with the goal of balancing the budget and cleaning up the economy. Barky comes in with no plan except for more debt. And most of the Clinton team sits there now…to do what? ENABLE this horror???

  10. In matters of foreign policy, it has been proved time and again, the Clintons are devoted to no interest other than their own.

    This is just bizarre. When Bill left office, the US was respected around the world. And his foundation has done all kinds of good things.

    Trashing philanthropy must be the new insider game.

  11. I’m off to work. Y’all have fun!

  12. I second BB. Brilliant. Hitchens, not so much. He used to be sort of clever; now he’s reduced to all cliches all the time.

  13. Hitchens clearly does not know wat he is talking about. Pres. Clinton is not in the least discredited and Sen. Clinton is no pushover.

  14. He is a drunk.

  15. This is gonna seem a it premature but I’ve already done my political year in review. My year stopped at November 4th so I only wrote one entry beyond that. Because it’s November and the year’s essentially over in my eyes, should I post it now or wait? It’s over at liberalcrat if ya wanna look. I haven’t even posted it to my blog yet.

  16. Gary Kamiya at Salon:

    “Fortunately, we are about to get a president who has a brain and is not afraid to use it.”

    My response in the comments:

    “Can you back that assertion up with evidence?”

  17. I have a post scheduled in 1/2 hour

  18. MyIq: Not right now. Not even today. I just mean is it too early for an end of year blog?

  19. I was gonna do an Easter post tommorrow

  20. Year’s over for me. I’m over it.

  21. MyIq: The Lil Jeezus has risen. I think that’s appropriate.

  22. “The Lil Jeezus has risen”

    Praise Viagra!

    Oh wait, did you mean something else?

  23. My: I never want that image in my head again.

  24. Apparently the pony we were all promised was the one-trick kind.

  25. Is it just me or is that excerpt horriby sexist and madly deranged? Yeah, the Clinton presidency was so awful, wasn’t it? Who the hell would ever want to go back to peace, increase in jobs and a surplus budget. Man, that sucked.

  26. Funny you should say that – new thread up!

  27. Myiq, I spit coffee in my lap, and now I have to change clothes. That’s funny!

  28. Hitchens is a truly bizarre creature whose brilliance (and yes he had it at one time, and still shows occasional glimpses) has been destroyed in a swirling welter of booze, self-aggrandizement, and an inchoate political longing that first hated the Bushes and all Republicans, now hates Muslims, and has always, always held a seething envy of Bill Clinton and, by extension, Hillary. The rage he felt at them–fueled by pure envy–made him almost a double personality.

    Hitchens used to be an eloquent, passionate opponent of the death penalty; tore down St. Ronnie regularly in print; wrote a stunning essay on animal rights one eon ago; did the brilliant, snarky takedown of Mother Theresa; literally wrote the book on Henry Kissinger as war criminal; and is still able to turn a phrase with the best of them. Yet he was also a major Iraq War enabler and a defender of Dubya, who made Ronnie really look like a saint; and seems to sink deeper and deeper into a pit of alcoholic dementia day by day.

    But at the end of the day, who even listens to him?

    He needs to sober up and take some time away from the TV cameras for his own good. And everyone else’s.

  29. Thank you, I’m here all week

  30. Apparently the pony we were all promised was a donkey.

  31. He needs to sober up and take some time away from the TV cameras for his own good. And everyone else’s.

    I think he needs to find religion. 🙂

  32. I LOVE THE CLINTONS!

    They were fab in the White House, they have fab values, they have gone through the trials and tribs any marriage faces, trust me, and they are fantastic people.

    Dowdy, Huffy & Co can f off.

  33. I love this paragraph. Love it.

    “Well, who can blame the Hitchens, Dowd and Rich types? They’re about to be has-beens, washed up. They won’t be able to criticize The Precious without having the word “racist” flung at them. They’re caught between a couple who most Americans admire and a President Elect whose political office will defenestrate from the press plane the first reporter whose prose is not absolutely laudatory and fawning. That should make for some interesting reading in the next four years. I am looking forward to a lot of “damning with faint praise” pieces. Reading between the lines will be very entertaining.”

    I don’t think they will damn with faint praise. I think they will either turn on Obama or more likely start bashing the House and Senate whenever Congress does not go along with him. These pundits (they are not worthy of being called journalists or even columnists in my opinion) are the sort of people who, like talk radio hosts, have made names for themselves by being extremists. So the damn with faint praise will be too tepid for them.

  34. Ok, now I really understand the bailout – a colleague just sent this to me. Scary but you can see the parallel:

    Once upon a time a man appeared in a village and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

    The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

    The man bought thousands at $10 and, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He next announced that he would now buy monkeys at $20 each. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

    Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so scarce it was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch it!

    The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 each!

    However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would buy on his behalf.

    In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers:

    “Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has already collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each.”

    The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys for 700 billion dollars.

    They never saw the man or his assistant again, only lots and lots of monkeys!

    Now you have a better understanding of how the WALL STREET BAILOUT PLAN WILL WORK !!!!

  35. For perspective: Hitchens is also the man who had a pathological hatred for Mother Theresa…

  36. I know, but I took a snarky delight in his debunking of her. Because I am evil, I guess.

  37. “That whole Camp David excursion was just a conveeeenient distraction.”
    As it turns out, it was just a distracton for Arafat anyway. It was a terrible deal.
    But aside from that, Can we please talk about Hillary,. JUST Hillary. I am so tired of hearing about her husband as if she cannot exist as a full and present political person in her own right. She is much smarter, much tougher thatn Bill ever was. I shudder to think what might have become of Bill (and the country) without Hillary at his elbow. Let us finally give her her due. Forget Bill. He is over. It is Hllary’s time to shine. 2012

  38. He voted for Obama. In 2004 he voted for Bush.

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