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Christopher Hitchens Endorses Obama

Interesting, since we were just talking about Republicans turning away from McCain this morning, Christopher Hitchens has just released his endorsement for Obama. Hitchens says:

It therefore seems to me that the Republican Party has invited not just defeat but discredit this year, and that both its nominees for the highest offices in the land should be decisively repudiated, along with any senators, congressmen, and governors who endorse them.

It's not an argument without measure, indeed the last paragraph is quite explicit as to why he made his decision. What do you make of his piece?


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milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I'd never heard of him either and I usually try really hard to keep myself up to date on this stuff. Oh well, now I know.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
LOL I"m a Hitchens fan don't get me wrong, but aren't most of his photos unflattering, he tends to look a bit surly in most of them!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that there are so many ways to take things like this. is' a smack in the face of a party when someone who's typically endorsed them goes to the other side, but i'm not sure if the point of view that he has will agree with obama. it almost seems to me like hes' moving his alignment to the other side on principle rather than what he believes in - and i don't know if that's even worth it. i can appreciate a lot of what he says, but i'm not sold...
menomena menomena 8 years
Interesting photo choice. I think it's a pretty pointed statement about how CitizenSugar feels about Hitchens and his leanings... After all, if people can get upset about Sarah Palin's picture being un-retouched, shouldn't we be upset about this totally unflattering shot of a noted author? Just a thought :X
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I think he just became an American citizen last year.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
So umm Hitchens is an American Citizen now and can vote in this election? When did that happen? I could have sworn that when I met him when he came to speak to our atheist group that he was a citizen of Great Britain. It's interesting but unimportant in my assessment.
stephley stephley 8 years
Do you teach his essays as cautionary examples or do you like his writing just not him? (just curious)
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Ugh, I can't stand Hitchens. I teach his essays in my University Writing class and he's such a blowhard. Anyway, I'm not interested in his endorsements...
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
"...but he has stated on the Charlie Rose show aired August 2007 that he remains a 'democratic Socialist.' " I don't think that all conservatives or liberals must agree on war and other social issues. I would think that the main defining line would be the style of gov't you prefer.
ceej ceej 8 years
Hitchen's world view changed dramatically after the NY attacks but he has always been conservative in his outlook. With his ego I wouldn't be at all surprised that he's speaking up now as he sees the writing on the wall and wants to be able to say I told you so or to think that he has had some influence.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Jessie, Oh you'll love his book "The Portable Atheist"
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Though I don't understand why he supported the war in Iraq, of all the Republican agendas to embrace. If wiki is right. Thanks for the link liliblu, if I have time tonight I'll go read some of his articles.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Mmmm I love myself a good Enlightenment lover anti-theist intellectual. I don't much about him, maybe I'll take an interest, but its nice to know (outside of my college) that you are not alone. Count yourself lucky, my fellow religious people, that you're in the majority.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Mich and Pop if you read a few of his articles you'll see why some of us are surprised. Read just about anything he's written about Iraq.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I had to read the headline twice. "The most insulting thing that a politician can do is to compel you to ask yourself: "What does he take me for?" Precisely this question is provoked by the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin. I wrote not long ago that it was not right to condescend to her just because of her provincial roots or her piety, let alone her slight flirtatiousness, but really her conduct since then has been a national disgrace. It turns out that none of her early claims to political courage was founded in fact," Ouch.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Pop, I wondered the same thing! It sounds like a sure thing to me, but I guess we're both basing it off Wiki.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Now that I read up a tiny bit about him (and assuming that wikipedia isn't lying), why is it surprising that he is supporting Obama?
No surprise - as one of the world's foremost atheists (or anti-theists), and self-identified "democratic socialist," I wouldn't expect anything else...
geebers geebers 8 years
*whew* glad I am not alone in wondering who he is.
piper23 piper23 8 years
I thought I was the only one. The only thing I know about him is that he is a smoker. Gross.
hope2be hope2be 8 years
I have no idea who he is, that's how bad I am with the world :D
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Pop, you and me both. I had to look up his Wiki profile.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I always liked his rants about the silliness of the smoking-in-bars bans.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I must be uneducated or out of touch because I really have no idea who this guy is!
ceej ceej 8 years
Hitchens was a good source of concise and insightful journalism until the Sept 11 attacks and then his colleagues wondered what had happened to the man who wanted truth. Perhaps he's returned to some of his senses.
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