Dining With Christopher Hitchens

Ezra Klein recounts a passage from the a profile of Christopher Hitchens in the current New Yorker wherein wherein our hero goes off on an expletive-laced tirade at a dinner party against guests who demurred from his description of Howard Dean as “a raving, sinister, demagogic nutbag.”

No mention in the excerpt as to whether Hitchens was inebriated but, knowing his reputation, I’m guessing he was. Still, I must admit that his reaction was rather unseemly for a dinner party.

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  1. Anderson says:

    I must confess, I get confused about why Howard Dean is supposed to be so awful. Someone want to remind me?

  2. Steve Verdon says:

    Well you see it is like this…uhhhmmm…well…okay how about….no…wait I got it…okay I got nothing.

  3. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    For one thing, Anderson, Dean seems to have real difficulty with truth. He does not speak it. But he serves well as the prevaricator general of the democratic party.

  4. Anderson says:

    Zelsdorf thinks Dean has a problem with truth.

    Okay …

  5. anjin-san says:


    Actually, Zelsdorf’s comment is a pretty strong endorsment for Dean…

  6. Pug says:

    Anyone who saw Hitchens give Bill Maher’s audience the finger and say, “Fuck you” two or three times wouldn’t be surprised by anything the nasty old drunk said.

  7. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Anjin your ability to understand the meaning of words seems to leave something wanting. May Howard Dean become your family doctor.

  8. nate says:

    Erza Klein is a brilliant propagandist. He dismisses Hitchen’s ideas with the liberal use of personal attacks and his readers eat it up.

  9. legion says:

    May Howard Dean become your family doctor.
    Better Dean than “Doc” Frist…