Monday, June 30, 2003

From the WPost:

From the Ministry of Truth Mailbag: Writer Fredric Alan Maxwell has just received a handwritten fan letter from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) for an April 27 New York Times Magazine column about his unsettling experience of being investigated by the Secret Service. The agency was concerned about an unfriendly remark about George W. Bush Maxwell was overheard allegedly making in a bar. While being interrogated by agents, Maxwell wrote, he volunteered that he had attended a White House news conference and that "Hillary looks far better in person." The senator responded: "Dear Mr. Maxwell: I vouched for you with the Secret Service -- anyone who thinks I look better in person is a true patriot, albeit myopic. In any event, don't let this experience deter you from speaking up and out. We need to keep our sense of humor during this Orwellian time. All the best, Hillary Rodham Clinton."

On NPR, Christopher Hitchens harrumphed that there is nothing Orwellian at all about this encounter, as it does not smack of Orwell's total state in which citizens are not only forced into obedience, but enthusiastic participation. He then added that Hillary was a fat slag. (not really, but you can read between the lines. Hitchens has a chip on his shoulder the size of Montana when it comes to the Clintons.)


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