Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Galloway vs. Hitchens

As the Guardian correctly notes, the "Mr. Galloway Goes To Washington" show was much more about political theater than about exploration of facts. But man oh man, was it really really good political theater (do read a transcript of the show here). And not only did Galloway eviscerate Norm Coleman, but he took a jab or two at one Christopher Hitchens as well.
Before the hearing began, the Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow even had some scorn left over to bestow generously upon the pro-war writer Christopher Hitchens. "You're a drink-soaked former Trotskyist popinjay," Mr Galloway in formed him. "Your hands are shaking. You badly need another drink," he added later, ignoring Mr Hitchens's questions and staring intently ahead. "And you're a drink-soaked ..." Eventually Mr Hitchens gave up. "You're a real thug, aren't you?" he hissed, stalking away.
Because seriously folks, you don't hear the term "popinjay" used as much (and used so appropriately, I might add) as you should here in Washington. You gotta love it.

UPDATE [16 September 2005]: Ok, so I realized that people were coming to this post thinking that it is about the recent Hitchens-Galloway debate. Let me just say that I'm listening to this debate over the internet right now. And let me recommend against doing the same. Honestly, I haven't gotten to Galloway yet, but Hitchens has started off the debate by talking about things that "would have" happened if the anti-war movement had its way or if we hadn't invaded Iraq and on and on. Sorry, if you are going to debate, let's have some reasoned arguments, not counter-historical propositions thrown out as indisputable fact. I can't imagine Galloway has anything worthwhile to contribute, either, and I'm not sure I'm willing to listen to 15 minutes of Hitchens to get there.

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