Wednesday, 29 October 2008

The Chiller from Wasilla

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Great nickname for Palin, isn't it? Only one man could have come up with that, and his name's Christopher Hitchens. It's from his latest attack on the McCain-Palin ticket, this time for their contemptuous attitude towards science.

He goes on to reference the myriad frightening elements in Palin's religious background, many of which have already covered on this blog and elsewhere, but it's well worth reading because, whether you like him or not, few people can dish out a journalistic chinning quite like the Hitch:
"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."
And this isn't the first time Hitchens has attacked Palin in recent weeks – in one piece I haven't linked to before he takes the Matt Damon line, wondering about her views on creationism and wishing to ask "How many years old does the Republican nominee for the vice presidency of the United States believe the Earth to be?" Since Palin's so shielded that it's impossible to get these answers, the Hitch has a suggestion – the media should stop covering her completely until the Republican Party puts her up for a press conference.