‘John Kerry’s campaign is a distraction from the fight against al-Qaida.’ That’s it. I don’t know what drove Hitchens so far down the path he’s on, but at this point I’ve lost all respect for him.He’s spent years building a base of credibility with intelligent analysis of issues and critical thinking, but his recent assertions are so devoid of grounded analysis, so full of Limbaugh-esque spin, that I have to write him off. He was one of my favorite writers.