Christopher Hitchens reacting to Massachusetts, and non-believer relief to Haiti
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HH: But we begin as we do when we are lucky on Wednesdays with columnist for Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens. Mr. Hitchens, do you remember an election as surprising as last night’s?
CH: I’m sure I could if I tried. I wasn’t very surprised. Should I have been?
HH: Well, I think it would be from last month to this month, not from last week to this week.
CH: Well, I mean, it looked to me as if Martha Coakley was sleepwalking through the thing with some kind of sense of entitlement, perhaps passed on by osmosis from the hideous idea of the Kennedy charisma.
HH: 47 years the seat is in one hand in a deep blue Massachusetts. What significant do you attach to the fact…
CH: And remember, they used to be able not just to get their Kennedy in there, but to have a placeholder in there, remember, to keep the seat warm for him?
CH: …when he was a boy. I mean, it was theirs to give away. It is, in that sense, quite extraordinary, especially given the very important part played by the late Senator in swinging a lot of the party behind the Obama candidacy after, you know, I’m told, by the way, this is reliably, this was after he’d been visited by Clinton people to dish dirt on then-Senator Obama.
HH: Yes, that is actually told in great detail in the Obama fan boy book, Game Change. But I don’t want to digress. What do you make of last night? What’s the message out of Massachusetts, Christopher Hitchens?
CH: Well, it’s interesting that he seems to have got so many independent voters.
CH: That was the first thing that struck me, and that must be what terrifies the DNC. And then that on so many things that are, I hate these political talk clich