Skip to comments.P.J. O'Rourke lays an egg in San Francisco (Freeper Report)
Posted on 02/13/2014 12:24:04 PM PST by SFmom
I jumped at the last-minute invitation to hear P.J.O'Rourke comment on current events and tout his new book on the Boomer generation at the Commonwealth Club last night in San Francisco. What a disappointment! He unleashed a scathing---and not funny to me----attack on the Tea Party and Ted Cruz. He said, "This is why politics should not be left to amateurs. Boehner is an adult. Ted Cruz is not." Also added "The Tea Party is a big tree and unfortunately big trees attract a lot of squirrels." In the past I have relished his writing, from National Lampoon's High School Yearbook to "All the Trouble in the World" which kept me in stitches as I endured the vacation from hell years ago.
A conservative he is not! At least anymore! Left without buying the book. Too depressed.
Like the part about how they keep asking the tour guide the same questions over and over again? "What is the cost of housing as a percentage of worker wages?" X 10
Sorry to learn that. Thanks for informing the rest of us.
Anyone not already familiar with Daniel Greenfield (aka Sultan Knish) are missing out on the absolute best of the bunch, imho.
(LF, heads up for possible incoming d:^)
PJ quit being a conservative many years ago, if he ever was one. I once heard him bashing Limbaugh, and that was it for me. He was funny back in the NatLamp days, but that was 30 years ago. He’s just another smartass Rachel Maddow now.
I have a big box of old National Lampoons in the basement. Every few years I dig them out and read them in order again. “Mrs. Agnew’s Diary” still cracks me up. Jeff Goldbloom, another media leftie, is also a NatLamp alum, but he was never very funny.
P.J. has evidently jumped the shark. In the 90’s his books were cutting edge. I caught him on public TV a few years back on some round-table panel and the guy looked completely out of it and maybe fighting alcoholism. Very sad. Clean yourself up P.J.
He sounded sober. However, he did have cancer a while back. Wouldn’t want anyone to have a cancer recurrence.
Do you have the “negligent mother” issue? That’s some crazy stuff right there.
on the prowl.
Yes! Let’s go whole hog and throw in Dave Barry.
I am also heading to my bookshelves to clear out P.J. O’Rourke. I’ve had them for decades, before I even understood about conservatism. (Living one way, voting another.) I need to make way for Lee’s and Cuz’s future books.
Warning, tasteless 30 meg download.
Wow, what a letdown. Another one goes to the dark side.
The only two I can think of with fondness are the late Erma Bombeck and the great Mark Steyn.
(I’m sure that as a New Yorker you would have understood the Trillins and Russell Bakers better than I, an obtuse North Dakota boy...in college I did clip out and save a Baker column entitled “In Praise of Ignorant Contumely”...Chris Buckley wouldn’t know good ignorant contumely if someone slapped him with a stick dipped in it....)
If a conservative said the above the MSM would label them a 'hater'...
The first five years of Nat Lamp were tremendous. Then it went downhill fast. O’Rourke had a few funny items, but for the most part it had run out of steam.
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