And he did it on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, the oddly punctuated thing that comes on when you try to listen to the news and forget that the weekend has arrived.
For libertarian humorist and writer P.J. O'Rourke, Hillary Clinton is only the second-worst option available in the general election.
“I have a little announcement to make. I mean, my whole purpose in life basically is to offend everyone who listens to NPR, no matter what position they take on anything, like I’m on the other side of it," O'Rourke said on Saturday's episode of the game show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" "I’m voting for Hillary," he exclaimed.
Wait wait! Here's the best part of the conservative satirist's reluctant announcement:
"It's the second worst thing that can happen to this country. But she’s way behind in second place," he continued. "I mean, she’s wrong about absolutely everything, but she’s wrong within normal parameters.”
WRONG WITHIN NORMAL PARAMETERS: A FUTURE TO BELIEVE IN!
To be clear, I rarely sympathize with libertarians (unless they're the pro-choice kind; then we agree on one thing!) but I love a tepid endorsement that arrives amid a fractious election season, as the Bernie or bust gang continues their brave battle against math, conservative anti-Clinton talking points get a new lease on life as allegedly progressive truth-bombs, saying anything
nice about Hillary Clinton has become a near-guarantor of online harassment, and Donald Trump, entitled white male mediocrity incarnate, parades around with his baby voice and his horrible politics and his signature grammatically dubious pronouncements.
It's all a mess, is what I'm saying. What's needed isn't more Twitter-shouting, but boring old nuance, even (especially?) of the contrarian variety. I'm not interested in hearing any more about revolutions or indictments, or from anyone who expects to retain their credibility while lobbing gendered epithets at the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Absolutes are boring. Echo chambers are oppressive. O'Rourke's delightfully gray endorsement shows one improbable alternative.