Earlier this morning I caught maybe all of two minutes of CNN's post-convention coverage, in which CNN commentator and supposedly anti-Trump college professor Marc Lamont Hill managed to preen twice that he's a Jill Stein supporter. The peculiar foolishness of Hill's proud partisanship is summed up in a Jon Chait headline from yesterday: "Jill Stein Explains Her Plan to Stop Trump by Electing Him President." That says it all; you needn't read what follows — which, in effect, is that Nader stopped George W. by electing him president.
Prof. Hill's remarks of Steinian support were amusing in a needling kind of way, and yet something else needled. There was something else about this guy — something else from the past — that bothered. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. What was it? His political peculiarities and rather obvious mental turmoil were vaguely symptomatic of something much deeper, something far more troubling. That much I knew. But what? What sinister Hillian nonsense had I suppressed in my memory banks? So I Googled Hill and me — and there it was, on this site, from 9 October 2012:
I was just now reading with some enjoyment Marc Lamont Hill's list of "The 15 Most Overrated White People" until I arrived, stunned at first sight and then simply embarrassed for Mr. Hill, at #8.
With that, it all fell into place. Of course Mr. Hill is a Jill Stein supporter. Anyone so hopelessly befuddled as to write that "many aspects of Shakespeare’s work — such as the writing in Hamlet or the generally narrow range of female roles in his plays — just aren’t that awesome" could hardly be expected to grasp that a vote for Jill Stein is merely a vote for Donald Trump.