not really, chris hitchens was known for a barbed tongue, idiocy should not be suffered. Skirting around important issues do to "respect" etc is silly. In business you shoot straight, you tell it like it is, politics is exactly the same.
No one is held accountable.
Christopher Hitchens wasn't a political leader. There is a huge difference between a social/political commentator and a political leader.
Respect is not silly at all. There is a reason why the vast majority of our leaders don't act like Trump or Anthony Wiener: it's unprofessional, rude, and not very smart. It is possible to be a straight shooter and tell the truth without being a jerk.