Hitchens: Next Stop – Back Down to Earth

In view of his grumpiness with both candidates, if you jumped into Christopher Hitchens’ post-election column randomly and missed that one crucial sentence, you’d have no idea who he voted for.
It was Senator Obama. But Hitchens has some choice words about inflated expectations of the President-Elect which have been raised by a fawning media and even, possibly, supporters wearing pink-tinged eyewear.

The recognition of these obvious points should also alert us to a related danger, which is the cousinhood of euphoria and hysteria. Those who think that they have just voted to legalize Utopia (and I hardly exaggerate when I say this; have you been reading the moist and trusting comments of our commentariat?) are preparing for a disillusionment that I very much doubt they will blame on themselves. The national Treasury is an echoing, empty vault; our Russian and Iranian enemies are acting even more wolfishly even as they sense a repudiation of Bush-Cheney; the lines of jobless and evicted are going to lengthen, and I don’t think a diet of hope is going to cover it. Nor even a diet of audacity, though can you picture anything less audacious than the gray, safety-first figures who have so far been chosen by Obama to be on his team?
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More worrying still, there are vicious enemies and rogue states in increasing positions of influence throughout the world (one of the episodes that most condemned the Republican campaign was its attempt to slander Sen. Joe Biden for his candid attempt to point this out), yet many Obama voters appear to believe that the mere charm and aspect of their new president will act as an emollient influence on these unwelcome facts and these hostile forces. I can’t make myself perform this act of faith, and I won’t put up with any innuendo about my inability to do so.

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George
George
12 years ago

I’m already getting tired of hearing people say how great everything is going to be now.
I’m so worn out by it, all I can do is smile ear-to-ear and bobble my head slightly.

Phil
Phil
12 years ago

Hitchens enjoys taking the least popular side of an argument. A naysayer to conventional wisdom. Remember that he glady took on the role as “devil’s advocate” for the Vatican in arguing against Mother Teresa’s elevation to whatever it is that Catholics get elevated to once they’re dead. I like his opinion and the agressive way he takes on everyone.

Chris
Chris
12 years ago

Ha, I’ve been hearing over and over how Obama is going to “fix everything that Bush did wrong” over the past eight years. I remember hearing the same thing sixteen years ago when Bill Clinton had been elected, and I’m still waiting for him to “fix everything” that he had promised to fix back then.

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