Tuesday, June 08, 2004

a cruel and stupid lizard

Even more on Ron.

He was as dumb as a stump. He could have had anyone in the world to dinner, any night of the week, but took most of his meals on a White House TV tray. He had no friends, only cronies. His children didn't like him all that much. He met his second wife—the one that you remember—because she needed to get off a Hollywood blacklist and he was the man to see. Year in and year out in Washington, I could not believe that such a man had even been a poor governor of California in a bad year, let alone that such a smart country would put up with such an obvious phony and loon.

I think Martin Amis was wrong when he said that ceasing to be a socialist enabled Christopher Hitchens to unburden himself into a better prose style. This kicking of the sainted Ron shows all the signs of a man playing at home – skillful, happy and relaxed enough to exhibit some pretty good ball skills. But in the last paragraph he remembers that he’s playing for the other team now, and cramps up badly.

Link via Mark Kleiman