Patrick Jake "P J" O'Rourke (born November 14, 1947), American political satirist, journalist, writer, and author. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. In the United Kingdom, he is known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the 1990s. He is the author of 17 books, of which his latest, Holidays in Heck, was released in 2011. This was preceded in 2010, by Don't Vote!-It Just Encourages the Bastards. One of his earliest and best-regarded pieces was "How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink", a National Lampoon article in March 1979--The article was republished in two of his books, Republican Party Reptile (1987) and Driving Like Crazy (2009). According to a 60 Minutes profile, he is also the most quoted living man in The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations. O'Rourke's best-received book is Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government, whose main argument, according to the author, "is that politics are boring".
“There's a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about
any overlarge concentration of like-thinking individuals, no matter
how virtuous their cause.”
~ P J O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores