So when Sarah Palin hit the scene (we haven't mentioned her for a bit, have we?) I went straight to YouTube in search of the Hitch's views on everyone's favourite lipstick-wearing small-town hockey-pitbull from Alaska and was disappointed to find nothing at all. Surely he'd been on Fox News taking on some conservative commentator who thought she would be the saviour of America, at least until the real Saviour turns up (during her lifetime, of course)?
But no – the Hitch seemed decidedly quiet on the matter. Until now, that is. He's written a piece for Slate in which he urges Americans to vote for Obama, on grounds that are nicely summarised in the standfirst: "McCain lacks the character and temperament to be president. And Palin is simply a disgrace."
And if you're wondering what he has to say about Palin, here you go:
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, and it further turns out that some of the untested rumors about her—her vindictiveness in local quarrels, her bizarre religious and political affiliations—were very well-founded, indeed. Moreover, given the nasty and lowly task of stirring up the whack-job fringe of the party's right wing and of recycling patent falsehoods about Obama's position on Afghanistan, she has drawn upon the only talent that she apparently possesses.