Parting Shot

I know I said I would shut up about Sarah Palin, and I will, sort of. But Christopher Hitchens is under no such obligation, and he wrote a tart little item a few days ago. We read:

This is what the Republican Party has done to us this year: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. Those who despise science and learning are not anti-elitist. They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured. And those who prate of spiritual warfare and demons are not just “people of faith” but theocratic bullies. On Nov. 4, anyone who cares for the Constitution has a clear duty to repudiate this wickedness and stupidity.

Indeed. Mr. McCain lost a great many votes, including, perhaps, even mine, as a result of this appalling and insulting choice. Read the Hitchens piece here.

Even leaving my personal opinions aside, I have good reason to hope for a Democratic victory today: if Mr. Obama should lose, the two communities where I make my home — Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and Park Slope, Brooklyn — are going to be very unpleasant places to be.

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