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Gore Vidal - despicable human being
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, June 14, 2008

The man is shameless, rude, ignorant and just plain old nasty.

When asked about the death of William F. Buckley Vidal said:
"I thought hell is bound to be a livelier place, as he joins forever those whom he served in life, applauding their prejudices and fanning their hatred."
Sweet. Nothing like playing "last tag" with a dead man.

He also questioned John McCain's POW status:
"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?"
When the interviewer notes that it is common knowledge and a well documented fact, Vidal responds:
"That’s what he tells us."
And not satisfied with questioning McCain's integrity, when asked why he would question an Annapolis grad's word, he takes a shot at 'the breed':
"I know a lot of the Annapolis breed. Remember, I’m West Point, where I was born. My father went there."
Yeah, you may have been born there, Mr. Vidal, but trust me, you could never measure up to the standards demanded by West Point. They'd never let you near the gate, much less inside.
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I was 13 in 1968. Bobby Kennedy was my candidate and I couldn’t understand why everyone wasn’t a liberal since it seemed obvious that we could solve any problem if we all pulled in the same direction. I remember vividly the exchange between Vidal and Buckley on live TV during the conventions. At the time Buckley was the epitome of "wrong thinking." One of the best things about getting older is the ability to look back at our youth—and be highly embarrassed.
Written By: Joe Miller
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"I thought hell is bound to be a livelier place, as he joins forever those whom he served in life, applauding their prejudices and fanning their hatred."
Bill did us a disservice when he DIDN’T slug that "guy" in the face so hard he’d have stayed plastered...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Obligatory Buckley Vidal video.

"The man is shameless, rude, ignorant and just plain old nasty."

Yup. The guy has never had an original or interesting thought in his life. He just repeats the common wisdom of his circles with smug moral certitude.
Written By: ben
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Sweet. Nothing like playing "last tag" with a dead man.
Trust me, I will have my say when his time comes... which looks to be not all that far off... and I suspect I am not alone.

Is there anyone on the planet who matters, whose respect this slug has, yet?

Written By: Bithead
Eh....I personally don’t really agree with the "can’t criticize the dead guy" school of thought. Better honest bile than fake niceness. At best, I usually follow the maxim "if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all" for my own conduct, when possible.

But if Vidal wants to make himself look bad, I say please feel free to do so
Written By: shark
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Nor do I, though I generally won’t say much negative in those situations. Save for the really sub-humans... like Vidal, for example.
Written By: Bithead
When Norman Mailer died a year ago, WFB wrote a surprisingly sweet commemoration, Norman Mailer, R.I.P. in National Review. Buckley and Mailer were about as far apart in politics as Buckley and Vidal, yet Buckley could summon up graciousness in life and in death towards a political opponent.

I think it likely that if Vidal had died first and Buckley had had the last say, he would have acknowledged their enmity with sadness and been as gracious as possible in a last wave to Vidal.
Written By: huxley
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In short, Buckley had class. Vidal does not.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Vidal has been an idiot over deaths of liberals, too, so it’s not just an ideologically driven lack of class. When Truman Capote died, Vidal said, "Good career move."

Anyone else remember when Vidal ran for the US Senate in California?
Written By: Steverino
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Vidal was the one pushing the oil pipeline story in the days after 9/11 as the "real" reason for invading Afstan.

He is still a ’tard
Written By: capt joe
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I love this clip where Vidal calls Buckley a Nazi and Buckley tells him if he calls him a Nazi again he will plaster him in the moth and he will stay plastered.
Written By: capt joe
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Years ago I read his early novel, Messiah, about a modern day Christ figure, named John Cave, who preaches suicide and somehow it becomes a mass religion that spreads throughout the world. Messiah was brilliant in a diseased way and it haunted me for days afterward.

As with many liberal/leftists, I wonder if at least some of Vidal’s unpleasantness can be attributed to his dislike of religion and his lack of faith in something larger than himself.
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