July 31, 2016


PJ O'Rourke says blame the elites for Trump and Brexit - and vote for Clinton (Brigid Delaney, 30 July 2016, Guardian)

Crumpled, rumpled, charming, chaotic, funny, clever, O'Rourke is best known for his humourous political books: Give War a Chance (1992), Republican Party Reptile (1987) and Parliament of Whores (1991).

His prime decades were the freewheeling 80s and the boring, peaceful, Clintonesque 90s. At 68, his humour is that of a Waspy, Connecticut Benny Hill ("A woman should dress to attract attention. To attract the most attention, a woman should either be nude or wearing something as expensive as getting her nude is going to be"), which puts him on the wrong side of history.

But history has thrown a bit of a curveball - as history is wont to do. His beloved Republican party is in the hands of a "reptile", the Tories in Britain are sealing themselves off from the sort of worldly, globe-trotting mindset that O'Rourke has always shared, and the whole notion of conservatism is being remade by fear.

In this febrile, uncertain world, O'Rourke also finds himself in the weird position of endorsing a Democrat: Hillary Clinton.

"It's the second-worst thing that can happen to this country," he said of her potential presidency in May. "But she's way behind in second place. I mean, she's wrong about absolutely everything, but she's wrong within normal parameters."

Of Donald Trump, he has said: "I mean, this man just can't be president."

Posted by at July 31, 2016 9:56 AM