Literary Loony

Deborah Solomon’s New York Times Magazine interview with Gore Vidal last Sunday sank to a new low in stupidity with the following from the obviously demented “literary lion”:

And what about Mr. McCain? Disaster. Who started this rumor that he was a war hero? Where does that come from, aside from himself? About his suffering in the prison war camp?

Everyone knows he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. That’s what he tells us.

Why would you doubt him? He’s a graduate of Annapolis. I know a lot of the Annapolis breed. Remember, I’m West Point, where I was born. My father went there.

So what does that have to do with the U.S. Naval Academy down in Annapolis? The service universities keep track of each other, that’s all. They have views about each other. And they are very aware of social class and eventually money, since they usually marry it.

To parapahrase Orwell, this is an idea so stupid only “one of America’s last public intellectuals” (as Solomon refers to Vidal) could imagine it.

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