The state of politics being what it is in the United States, the same cast of political characters have remained on public stage for what has now become generations.
For every new entry to the political arena, there is a Bush, Clinton, Romney or Trump, still running for public office, attempting to influence policy, and, fighting for corporate air time or corporate dollar to continue a family-titled quest to determine the course of these United States.
The U.S. has long since left the realm of career politicians who remain on public stage due to insufficient inspiration to attempt a new career, and, has now officially entered the period of the political dynasty, where power is more a birthright than a calling.
But life can sometimes deliver a bit of sweet irony to soften the starkness of such realities.
Christopher Hitchens passed in 2011, but as Trump, Palin, Bush and Clinton were all active in politics before his passing, readers are left with a wealth of satire into what makes these particular politicians tick (at least in the mind of Mr. Hitchens.)
If one suspends belief for a moment, it is as if Mr. Hitchens is still with us – writing his way through the 2016 political cycle with his brand of English wit – reminding us of the moral void inherent to all politics.
His writings serve as both an historical record, and, a foreshadowing of what may come – a three weird sisters of sort – for modern politics.
On the 1996 Republican National Convention: “the feral extremists and fundamentalists had been tidied out of sight, the corporate-sponsorship logos were beautifully placed, the camera angles and background briefings were the chief preoccupation of the Party managers…”
Of Sarah Palin, Mr. Hitchens was particularly brusque: “anyone who doesn’t think Sarah Palin is just cashing out – who’s going to make a million dollars on her book and then leave them flat, is a fool.” (Of this, Mr. Hitchens was particularly prophetic: Ms. Palin’s book deal for Going Rogue was announced in May 2009 and she announced her resignation as governor of Alaska in July of that same year.)
Mr. Hitchens’s line concerning Donald Trump was important enough to the writer personally, that Mr. Hitchens used it in both interview and column: “Donald Trump – a ludicrous figure, but at least he’s lived it up a bit in the real world and at least he’s worked out how to cover 90 per cent of his skull with 30 per cent of his hair.”
As for Mrs. Clinton, “look, she feels she’s owed. After all that she’s done for us, after all that she’s suffered, she feels she’s owed. And, who can disagree?”
Christopher Hitchens on Tea Partiers.
Christopher Hitchens. Speaking Honestly About Hillary Clinton.