02/09/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hitchens Blasts Tea Party: 'The Mad Ideas of Exploded Crackpots And Bigots'

It is often in the excuses and in the apologies that one finds the real offense. Looking back on the domestic political "surge" which the populist right has been celebrating since last month, I found myself most dispirited by the manner in which the more sophisticated conservatives attempted to conjure the nasty bits away.

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