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How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016-AUDIOBOOK/MP3

How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016-AUDIOBOOK/MP3

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How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016

  • Release Date:05/12/2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
    • Publisher's Summary

      This election cycle was so absurd that celebrated political satirist, journalist, and die-hard Republican P. J. O'Rourke endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. As P.J. put it, "America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem witch trials of 1692. So why not put Hillary on the dunking stool?"

      In How the Hell Did This Happen?, P. J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some seriously risky business. Starting in June 2015, he asks, "Who are these jacklegs, high-binders, wire-pullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots, four-flushers, and animated spittoons offering themselves as worthy of America's highest office?" and surveys the full cast of presidential candidates including everyone you've already forgotten and everyone you wish you could forget.

      P. J. offers a brief history of how our insane process for picking who will run for president evolved, from the very first nominating convention (thanks, Anti-Masonic Party) through the reforms of the Progressive era (because there's nothing that can't be worsened by reform) to the present. He takes us through the debates and key primaries and analyzes everything from the campaign platforms (or lack thereof) to presidential style ("Trump's appearance - indeed, Trump's existence - is a little guy's idea of living large. A private plane! A swell joint in Florida! Gold-plated toilet handles!"). And he rises from the depths of despair to come up with a better way to choose a president. Following his come-to-Satan moment with Hillary and the Beginning of End Times in November, P. J. reckons with a new age: "America is experiencing a change in the nature of leadership. We're getting rid of our leaders. And we're starting at the top."

      Caricatures created by DonkeyHotey were adapted from these Creative Commons and public domain images: 
      Donald Trump, Gage Skidmore/Flickr 
      Bernie Sanders, Nick Solari/Flickr 
      John Kasich, Wikimedia 
      Ben Carson, Michael Vadon/Flickr 
      Hillary Clinton, East Asia and Pacific Media/Flickr and Department of State 
      Jeb Bush, The World Affairs Council/Flickr 
      Carly Fiorina, Gage Skidmore/Flickr 
      Ted Cruz, Michael Vadon/Flickr 
      Chris Christie, FEMA 
      Marco Rubio, Gage Skidmore/Flickr