Christopher Hitchens Is Funny When He Talks About The Clintons

by Jim Newell

TPM’s excited about this clip, claiming that Salon’s Joan Walsh lays a “smackdown” on Christopher Hitchens… we don’t really see that? It’s just the drunk anger troll pissing off the nice lady. Ha ha, it is amazing how much Christopher Hitchens hates the Clintons. He hates them more than Andrew Sullivan does. Here’s the full clip, in which Christopher Hitchens mentions at least 500 other foreign business ties of the Clintons, and Joan Walsh occasionally chimes in to say “Christopher how could you say that!” [TPM, MSNBC]

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actor212 December 2, 2008 at 4:04 pm

England used to have a set of balls, but then Sully and Hitchy moved here…which did neither England or the pair any good.

norbizness December 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm

I usually ask “Chris, how could you drink that?”

4tehlulz December 2, 2008 at 4:07 pm

This post automatically wins for George Galloway tag.

FMA December 2, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Joan Walsh says she’s had drinks with Hitchens.
And survived.
She deserves some credit for that.

4tehlulz December 2, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Derp, I meant his quote.

freakishlystrong December 2, 2008 at 4:12 pm

[re=189265]4tehlulz[/re]: I think “drink-soaked former trotskyist popinjays” kinda rocks though..

Juan McMaverick December 2, 2008 at 4:12 pm

“Smackdown”? Is that what they are calling over at Salon?
Here, they just call a “Hand-Job” a “Hand-Job”.

Bjorn December 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm

I dislike that Hitchens. His ‘fighting words’ column on Slate is a bunch of bloated hogwash.

Serolf Divad December 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Getting Hitchens going on the subject of the Clintons is like getting a your nutcase survivalist uncle going on about the “New World Order.”

By the way, I watched the whole interview and my favorite part (not shown here, I think) is when Walsh refers to Clinton haters (and by extension Hitchens himself) as “eccentric” (read: crazy and unbalanced).

Heywood Floyd December 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I want to hear more about Hitch plying Joan with whiskey sours at these soirees she can’t seem to let go of.

randomsausage December 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm

A bot off topic I know…but the only reason The Hitch wanted to invade Iraq is so that compliant young Mohammadans could service him….like they dis Joe Orton in Morocco.

AngryBlakGuy December 2, 2008 at 4:19 pm

…did Hillary Clinton dump him for Bill or something?!

AngryBlakGuy December 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm

[re=189298]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: …or maybe she made fun of the size of his penis after sex or something?!

ManchuCandidate December 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Can someone fuck Hitches? Please? Ashley, will you take one for the team?

gurukalehuru December 2, 2008 at 4:23 pm

That was not a smackdown, that was if anything the reverse, that is to say, I think our smarmy British friend got the better of the exchange.
However, he loses points for being so befuddled by drink that even after young Ms. Walsh slept over, he couldn’t remember her 1st name, and had quite possibly forgotten the incident entirely.

jagorev December 2, 2008 at 4:24 pm

[re=189256]actor212[/re]: By crossing the pond, I think Sully and Hitch improved the average IQ in both the US and Olde Blighty.

shanemcgowan December 2, 2008 at 4:24 pm

What a tool.

jagorev December 2, 2008 at 4:25 pm

[re=189301]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Ashley Todd or Ashley Dupre? I think Hitchens would prefer the Todd.

Lascauxcaveman December 2, 2008 at 4:33 pm

[re=189282]Bjorn[/re]: Isn’t that what you’d expect from a bloated hog?

actor212 December 2, 2008 at 4:35 pm

[re=189303]jagorev[/re]: Sadly, you may be right, if you exclude any state that ends in a consonant.

And I include California.

Ted Perino December 2, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Hitchens’ ties (at least the ones in Scotland which begin with the first letter of the alphabet) include: Aberfeldy, Aberlour, Allt-á-Bhainne, Ardbeg, Ardmore, Arran, Auchentoshan, Auchroisk, and Aultmore. After that, he might stumble through Glenfiddich, Cardu, and into The Macallan.

TGY December 2, 2008 at 4:37 pm

[re=189316]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: It was the waterboarding. He kind of expanded. I’m sure there’s some water loss technique that might help him.

Serolf Divad December 2, 2008 at 4:37 pm

he loses points for being so befuddled by drink that even after young Ms. Walsh slept over, he couldn’t remember her 1st name

We’ve had drinks together at your house = “We had sex that one time before you became so repulsive that the very thought of sex with you makes me puke a little in my mouth.”

4tehlulz December 2, 2008 at 4:40 pm

[re=189301]ManchuCandidate[/re]: The only woman Hitchens wants to fuck is the St. Pauli Girl, or maybe he’ll go gay for Captain Morgan.

Bypartizoa December 2, 2008 at 4:43 pm

It all goes back to Vince Foster’s suicide which was instigated by the Clintons, space aliens and the Proctor and Gamble corporation as a way to finally get the ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT that the Freemasons and Sasquatches have been dreaming of. But, then again, what does Hillary REALLY want?

ProfessorJukes December 2, 2008 at 4:46 pm

[re=189302]gurukalehuru[/re]: Sorry. When you come off as both “smarmy” and “British”, you automatically lose. Although I think you’re right… Joan’s just letting him know “You never called, but I was expecting that considering your evening of inadequacy. Like trying to shoot pool with a rope, eh?”

I saw this live – I thought Hitch just looked like a hateful arrogant gasbag.

SlouchingTowardsWasilla December 2, 2008 at 4:53 pm

[re=189301]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Have you heard the term “whiskey dick?”

Beer4Prez December 2, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Chris M. is way off with this left-right BS. The BUSH Admin wasn’t “RIGHT” it was MAJOR FAIL, Obama will be LESS FAIL. That is the correct distinction Chris M.

P.T.T. December 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm

[re=189345]ProfessorJukes[/re]: I have to say I love that hateful arrogant gasbag. When asked for his “Axis of Evil” he said “Christianity, Judaism, Islam.” But back to Miss Walsh. I think that “I’ve had drinks at your house” bit was ridiculous. Why is this crap on TV anyway? Who cares?

Yaybuls December 2, 2008 at 5:03 pm

One….One….Name One.


nurple December 2, 2008 at 5:15 pm

And the color of that blouse? I’ve seen northeast swells in the Bay of Labrador warmer than that color.

KilgoreTrout_XL December 2, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Well if this is what happens when you “administer a smackdown”, then I guess I “administered a smackdown” to that guy who stole my wallet and then beat the shit out of me last weekend.

angrymommy December 2, 2008 at 5:31 pm

maybe ashley dupre will play the choking game with him and something will go horribly wrong…

marioninnyc December 2, 2008 at 5:36 pm

ok. we all love to laugh at the crazy as a koot town drunk, but what if, just maybe, this time, it isn’t like the Iraq war and he actually has a point and maybe we shouldn’t just say that the great Obama must know what he’s doing even if the rest of us don’t get it. Maybe we should be looking at Bill’s funders and Hil’s lack of any real foreign policy expertise or hoping that congress does.

populucious December 2, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Sometimes I think Hitchens confuses the Clintons with the DT induced gremlins which are CRAWLING ON HIM RIGHT NOW!

Neilist December 2, 2008 at 7:43 pm

“We’ve had drinks together” + “I’ve had dinner at your house” = “I sodomized you with your plaster model of Queen Mary, you annoying gin-soaked git.”

zhubajie December 2, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Why does anyone take Hitchens seriously?

Zhu Bajie

anabellum December 2, 2008 at 8:29 pm

smack down?….i call this a very sad party….like the kind where you slit your throat afterwards…

O'Rourke December 2, 2008 at 11:08 pm


Ah, fuck it. Not worth it anymore.

Cord December 2, 2008 at 11:56 pm


We could look, but maybe Hillary does have some foreign policy expertise and maybe Bill’s funders are no different then Biden’s MNBA funders, or Obama’s oil funders, or Dianne Feinstein’s funders, or Charlie Rangel’s funders for that matter.

skroocap December 3, 2008 at 12:50 am

Look at Ms. Walsh on Hardball on the day of (or just after) the So. Carolina primary. She said Barry was now the black candidate. She loves her some Clinton.

Pizzuti December 3, 2008 at 3:59 am

I think the most important thing they want us to remember is, Joan Walsh had dinner at Christopher Hitchens’ house.

bitchincamaro December 3, 2008 at 7:59 am

She played a mean solo on “Rocky Mountain High”, though.

bitchincamaro December 3, 2008 at 8:00 am

[re=189666]bitchincamaro[/re]: Rocky Mountain Way


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