Roger L. Simon

File Under "Wish I'd Been There"

Lloyd Grove reports today:

It was standing room only Tuesday night at the New School for the Graydon Carter-hosted debate on the resolution “George Bush has made the world a safer place.” Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens, a onetime left-wing firebrand, joined former CIA director James Woolsey to argue the affirmative before the heavily anti-Bush crowd. At one point, Woolsey leaned over to hug Hitch, prompting moderator James Naughtie to remark: “I never thought I’d see the day when a former head of the CIA embraced Christopher Hitchens.” A pre-debate poll of the audience – which included Gabriel Byrne, Sandra Bernhard and Diane von Furstenberg – showed that 88 agreed with the motion, 264 disagreed and 60 were undecided. After the debate, the pro-Bush side had lured 56 new supporters while the anti-Bush team of Harvard terrorism expert Juliette Kayyem and philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy attracted only 14. Only one person remained undecided.

MEANWHILE… file this one under “Zzzz….” (fining these guys a half mill is the equivalent of one lunch at The Four Seasons).

AND… file this one under “Endangered Species.”