Hitchens on Teabaggers

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Hitch excoriates the Teabaggers from the pages of Vanity Fair, writing that "A large, volatile constituency has been created that believes darkly in betrayal and conspiracy:"
Beck's "9/12 Project" is canalizing old racist and clerical toxic-waste material that a healthy society had mostly flushed out of its system more than a generation ago, and injecting it right back in again. Things that had hidden under stones are being dug up and re-released.
The Teabaggers, writes Hitch, are "sublimat[ing] anxiety into hysteria and paranoia:"
The president is a Kenyan. The president is a secret Muslim. The president (why not?--after all, every little bit helps) is the unacknowledged love child of Malcolm X. And this is their response to the election of an extremely moderate half-African American candidate, who speaks better English than most and who has a model family. Revolted by this development, huge numbers of white people choose to demonstrate their independence and superiority by putting themselves eagerly at the disposal of a tear-stained semi-literate shock jock, and by repeating his list of lies and defamations. But, of course, there's nothing racial in their attitude ...
(I'm sure that there's no racism among the neo-Confederates Teabaggers, either.)

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