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.
I can’t agree with Hitchens’ implication that on Nov. 4, therefore, a vote for Obama is warranted, but what a relief to have someone name clearly the vicious anti-intellectualism of McCain/Palin and to put it in moral terms.