Writer Gore Vidal died yesterday in Hollywood at 86, and the fact that the left is gushing over him is quite a giveaway. Pravda-on-the-Hudson's description of him as 'the elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization' might be true. But he was also a vile, caustic human being, an overt and outspoken anti-semite and left wing conspiracy theorist who hated his country and expressed it frequently.
To give you an idea of the man's true flavor, here's his comment on the the thirteen-year-old rape victim Roman Polanski drugged and sodomized in Jack Nicholson's hot tub: “I really don't give a [expletive]. Look am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she's being taken advantage of?”
Talented writer? Yeah, when he was writing fiction. But a miserable human being in many ways who's now left the building.
Below is his encounter with William F. Buckley, where Buckley took exception to Vidals' championing of the Viet Cong ( who were not only committing massive terrorism against their own people, but shooting at our troops) and calling Buckley a 'crypto-Nazi' :
If anything, Vidal was far closer to being a fascist in the true sense than Buckley ever came close to being.