Vote 2008

Hitchens for Obama

Hitchens offers a rather grudging endorsement of the Democratic ticket:

Obama is greatly overrated in my opinion, but the Obama-Biden ticket is not a capitulationist one, even if it does accept the support of the surrender faction, and it does show some signs of being able and willing to profit from experience. With McCain, the “experience” is subject to sharply diminishing returns, as is the rest of him, and with Palin the very word itself is a sick joke. One only wishes that the election could be over now and a proper and dignified verdict rendered, so as to spare democracy and civility the degradation to which they look like being subjected in the remaining days of a low, dishonest campaign.

My support for Obama is more enthusiastic, but I agree with Hitchens’s implication that “the surrender faction” will quickly find themselves at odds with an Obama administration. Of course, many of them already have.

(Hat tip: JC)

Update: And here’s another:

As a fervent opponent of US foreign policy [Arundhati Roy] supported neither Bush nor Kerry during the 2004 elections.

Roy has likened the choice to an option of two brands of detergent owned by the same company.
Even with Bush due to make his much anticipated exit and an air of expectation about the potential of the first ever black US President – assuming he wins of course – Roy remains pessimistic and refuses to give her endorsement to either Obama or McCain.

She predicts the coming months will see Obama turn into a white man and warns against expecting a miracle: “He’ll have to prove that he is whiter than the white man. And if it was Hillary Clinton she would also have had to become a white man.”

I know I’ll be checking his skin tone daily for telltale signs.

(Hap tip: normblog.)