I like Christopher Hitchens. He’s very smart and fun to read.
But I was disappointed by this hatchet job he did on Bob Hope. I don’t mind that Hitchens has a disability that prevents him from appreciating Hope’s humor, but he doesn’t have to inflict his pain on us.
I know Hope had many writers who probably wrote the vast majority of his jokes. But he delivered them with fabulous timing, and had an amazing connection with his audiences.
My first impressions of Hope came from his Road movies. He was brilliant.
I admire Hitchens’ switch from the radical-left to more classical liberalism and anti-terrorism. I also admired his willingness to mercilessly criticize Mother Teresa.
But, this scathing attack on Bob Hope makes me wonder if, perhaps, Hitchens prefers being radical to being right.