I don’t think Christopher Hitchens cares too much for Sarah Palin. Here’s what he has to say in today’s Slate.
Some condescending right-wing intellectuals are calling her style “populist” and comparing it with Andrew Jackson and William Jennings Bryan. The true name for it is demagogy, descending from Joseph McCarthy, Robert Welch, and the nastier elements of the old Nixon gang—people to whom slander and defamation was second nature.
Do take a minute to read his piece, titled “Palin’s Pals.” What Hitchens does beautifully is document the way Palin goes for the jugular one day and the next says, “Who me?”
There’s nothing like a saucy wink to distract attention from that stiletto, slipped back into a boot.