With more than 1 million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in the Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any living writer, O'Rourke has established himself as a premier political satirist. He is the best-selling author of 12 books, including Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, Eat the Rich, The CEO of the Sofa, Holidays in Hell, Peace Kills and On the Wealth of Nations. Both Time and The Wall Street Journal have labeled O'Rourke "the funniest writer in America."
On the eve of the release of his highly anticipated new book, Don't Vote, join us as O'Rourke unleashes his wit on our nation's capital and its larger-than-life inhabitants.
With more than 1 million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in the Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any living writer, O'Rourke has established himself as a premier political satirist. He is the best-selling author of 16 books, including Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, Eat the Rich, The CEO of the Sofa, Holidays in Hell, Peace Kills and On the Wealth of Nations. Both Time and The Wall Street Journal have labeled O'Rourke "the funniest writer in America."
In the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections, the Tea Party has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. But who's calling the shots? According to political satirist P.J. O'Rourke, nobody is -- and that's part of the movement's appeal.
Meeting place of the U.S. Congress. In 1792 a competition for its design was won by William Thornton (17591828); his revised Federal-style design of 1795 was executed as the exterior of the wings adjacent to the central rotunda. Benjamin H. Latrobe, as Surveyor of Public Buildings (1803), followed Thornton's conception of the exterior but used his own interior designs; perhaps his best-known contribution was his invention of tobacco-leaf and corn-cob capitals. After the British set fire to the Capitol in 1814, Latrobe began its reconstruction, but resigned in 1817. By 1827 his successor, Charles Bulfinch, had joined the two wings and built the first dome and the rotunda. In 1850 Thomas Ustick Walter (18041887) won a competition to expand the wings; he also designed the 287ft- (87m- ) high cast-iron dome (185566), which was based on Michelangelo's dome for St. Peter's Basilica. The marble and sandstone building contains about 540 rooms and stands in a 131-acre (53-hectare) park.
The Tea Party is a legitimate movement with valid points to make. It struggles to get a fair hearing. Of course, that's a complaint of all non-PC voices.
Commercial interests are far more important to both the Ds and Rs. The case that the Ds are a subsidiary of the teachers unions is not weak. Business, of course, curries favor with whichever party is in power. The Tea Party has no reliable sugar daddy. Yet.
Nope, that's not what he means. He means that the Tea Party was a legitimate movement that has been co-opted by corporate corruption. Founders of the Tea Party say "<current>Tea Party is a Joke" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmzH5hlsGfo
*Yawn* You mean rich people might be for freedom too? Huh. By the way the tea parties happen a looooooooong time before funding ever got into it. Also where was your criticism of corporations when they were and still are giving money to Dems? Especially when they gave more to Obama than McCain?
Re the Tea Party: without funding, there'd be nothing to lead.
The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party
A Secret Tea Party Donor Revealed
"If tea party leaders jet around the country in a plane donated by a big GOP contributor, are they still "grassroots" activists?"
What does it mean? Let me suffice to say that Martin Luther King did not have nearly as much corporate support as this Tea Party movement has.
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