P.J. O’Rourke: Two lessons I’ve learned in 46 years of covering politics

From P.J. O’Rourke in Stansberry Digest:

I’ve been covering politics for 46 years, ever since I began writing for one of those smudgy, goofy, hippie “underground newspapers” in 1970. (Coincidentally, that newspaper’s office-turned-crash-pad was in Baltimore, off St. Paul Street, just 12 blocks north of the present-day Stansberry Research headquarters.)

My politics have changed a lot over 46 years, but politics itself hasn’t.

What’s really wrong is not just a matter of things that are amiss in this particular strange and perplexing political cycle. Political problems are permanent problems.

Covering politics has taught me a few things… although, as Porter always says, “There’s no such thing as teaching, there’s only learning.”

Lesson No. 1: Why the Best People Don’t Run for Political Office

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