Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hitchens, thou shouldst be living at this hour ...

Obama needs to heed the Hitch example and lay off the sauce:
As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we've gotten done in modern history.
Wow. "Possible" exceptions. The strain of the job is getting to him.


  1. Well, I might not agree with his agenda, but I'll have to concede that ending a war and enacting a truly comprehensive overhaul of the health care payment system adds up to significant accomplishments in his first 2 years in office.

  2. Significant, sure (tho I don't see that he's been more than a caretaker in Iraq).

    But there's little comparison with even the first two years of FDR or LBJ, so that the "possibly" seems quite thoughtless.

  3. Clearly, though, he's in the running to come in ahead of JFK, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

  4. One of Kitchens' greatest accomplishments was nailing Elie Wiesel to the cross and leading the campaign to free David Irving from captivity in that Austrian gulag.

    Like H.L. Mencken, neither Irving nor Hitchens could be bought.


  5. FYI, I spiked a comment from this same (?) neo-Nazi on the Sebald thread, but the self-lacerating rhetoric of the above comment - crucifixion? gulag? - was too unintentionally funny.

    Run and play at Stormfront, Hans.

  6. ... Googling to see just what Hitchens said about Irving's being jailed in Austria, I found this:

    But the two greatest achievements of Austria are to have convinced the world that Hitler was German and that Beethoven was Viennese.

    FWIW, I agree that no one should be jailed on account of his vile ideas; OTOH, I daresay Irving knew the law in Austria before he went there.