Republican Party Reptile

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Republican Party Reptile
Author P. J. O'Rourke
Country United States
Language English
Genre Essay collection
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication date
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 220
ISBN 978-0-330-30032-2
OCLC 14586585

Republican Party Reptile, subtitled The Confessions, Adventures, Essays and (Other) Outrages of P. J. O'Rourke is a 1987 collection of essays by American satirical writer P. J. O'Rourke.[1] In humorist Lewis Frumkes' review of the collection, he described it as only occasionally displaying O'Rourke's best writing.[1] O'Rourke planned to promote the book at the 1988 Republican National Convention. Though he described himself as a conservative Republican, this was not allowed, reportedly because the GOP did not appreciate O'Rourke's sense of humor.[2] In the essay that gives its title to the collection O'Rourke describes a "Republican Party Reptile":[3]

We are in favor of: guns, drugs, fast cars, free love (if our wives don't find out), a sound dollar, and a strong military with spiffy uniforms. There are thousands of people in America who feel this way, especially after three or four drinks. If all of us would unite and work together, we could give this country. . . well, a real bad hangover."

The collection includes the article "How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink" which had previously been published in National Lampoon in 1979, and was later included in the collection Driving Like Crazy.[4]


  1. ^ a b Lewis Frumkes (May 3, 1987). "Paperbacks; The Beast Above the Surface". New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "People in the News - Book Ban at Convention". The Bryan Times. August 16, 1988. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  3. ^ P. J. O'Rourke (1987). Republican Party Reptile. Grove/Atlantic, Inc. OCLC 14586585. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Sherwell, Philip (20 September 2009). "PJ O'Rourke: a hellraiser who had to slow down". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 January 2012.