Why I Hate Politics

Source: American Consequences
by PJ O’Rourke

“I’ve been covering politics for almost 50 years. My first real assignment as a political reporter was to cover the 1972 Republican and Democratic presidential conventions, both held in Miami Beach that year. The presidential nominees were, as you may recall, Richard Nixon and George McGovern — Giggles McGiveup and The Dark Lord. I remember thinking to myself at the time, ‘Well, at least I’m starting on the bottom rung of the muck pit ladder. Politics can’t possibly get worse.’ (Wrong.) So I decided to leave the political wisdom to the panelists. Because, after nearly half a century, I’ve realized that the only thing I really know about politics is. I hate ’em. Instead, to start things off, I took a few minutes to just flame about politics — left, right, and middle.” (11/11/21)