Paul Safire

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Animal House Meets Church Lady

One moment it's frat-boy humor; the next, it's the old verities. Limbaugh, P.J. O'Rourke, and other comedians of the right love to have it both ways.

You have to wonder whether the apostles of the
conservative movement, the self-anointed champions of public morality, read
their own press. In May 1995, the American Spectator ran an article by
senior editor P.J. O'Rourke entitled "Why the GOP Doesn't Suck," which
defined the Republican Party as the natural home of the frat-boy mentality. "The
thing I like about Republicans," he wrote, "is that they're no damn
good at all. I know, I'm one of them. A Republican just wants to get rich, buy
oceanfront property, dump the old wife and get a new blond one."