I don’t even know why we’re discussing this. If John McCain could appear with Jerry Falwell not that long ago, why even bring the matter up? A significant figure in the politics of the Reagan era has died. He was liked and likable. He had the sort of enemies that Karl Rove seems to attract. So he said certain things out loud that proved way un-PC. Horrors. Leave the ugliness to the drunken louts like Hitchens, who apparently couldn’t wait (as John predicted) to trash a man who had just died — if the glimpse I caught of Hitchens on Anderson Cooper was any indication. What an ugly public culture we now have. It works both way, too. See e.g. all the contempt spewed at New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine after his near-fatal accident. Drunken British soccer hoodlums probably display more class than those who kicked Corzine when he was already almost paralyzed.
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