Today’s quote – “Camille Paglia to wed Chris Hitchens” category

There was a time, deep back in the long ago, when it seemed that Paglia had worthwhile commentary to make on matters political and sexual.  I can almost remember it.

David Neiwert at Crooks and Liars picks out a quote from Paglia’s latest contribution at Salon.  I confess I didn’t even bother to read her commentary when I bumped into it yesterday.  I’ve read it now and my first choice was the better.   

And I’m sick of people impugning Rush’s wealth and lifestyle, which is no different from that of another virtuoso broadcaster who hit it big — Oprah Winfrey.

Right.  The salient issue here is number of dollars in two persons’ bank accounts.  How attained is not any sort of relevant issue.  We imagine Paglia will find offense as well in those who might impugn the interior decor at Bernie Madoff’s Manhattan digs. 

It’s an odd stupidness she’s burying herself in here.  It reminds me of Hitchens at his very worst (which doesn’t happen often, thank god).  The urge to remain an “unaligned radical” (as Hitchens once described himself) can lead one into some deeply silly stance merely as a consequence of wishing to be outside of some consensus.

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