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The basic theme that emerged from that chat, as his been Vidal's theme for some time now, is that Americans may choose either a republic or an empire -- but not both.
I found Vidal darker, more pessimistic than usual. He certainly has the right.
I also found his disdain for what he calls the "Oil & Gas Junta" of Bush-Cheney to be immeasurable. Vidal has assigned himself the job of being America's bad conscience; and given the scant competition for the post, I think we should unreservedly grant him the post.
There are some real nuggets in this interview. Not only Vidal's assertion that the Bush administration isn' smart enough to have had a hand in something as well-planned as 9/11, but also some dish on Truman Capote and Gore's surprising take on gay marriage.
For all of his fulminating, in the end, Gore Vidal is an old-fashioned conservative -- arguning passionately to conserve the constitution, the bill of rights and, ultimately, The American Republic.
So please take a listen. Whatever your politics, I challenge you to not admire Vidal's withering wit and impromptu eloquence.
Later in the week, an edited text transcript of the interview will also be posted.