- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 25, 2006

Humorist P.J. O’Rourke, famed for saying that giving money and power to government “is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys,” found a rowdy audience Tuesday night at the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual dinner.

Billed as “A Night at the Movies,” the Hollywood-themed party at the Hyatt Regency featured big-name corporate sponsors, rosemary-crusted lamb chops, goody bags with movie candy, after-dinner cigars, and a few notable guests: former Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr, ABC News correspondent John Stossel (winner of CEI’s 2006 Julian Simon award) and master of ceremonies Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, who claimed to be a “pretty lonely guy” in liberal New York.

It was a night to hail capitalism and condemn the tofu-eating libs, with potshots aimed at Al Franken, Barbra Streisand, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rupert Murdoch, Ralph Nader, Al Gore and the entire state of Vermont.

“I always vote for Republicans,” Mr. O’Rourke confessed. “They have fewer ideas.” He continued: “No child left behind? What if they deserve to be left behind?” Before dinner, we asked him what kind of first husband Mr. Clinton would make if his wife won the presidency.

“He’s the future Jackie Kennedy … Who will get to dress him? Armani Big & Tall. And he’s obviously going to change the decor.” Then we posed the same question to Mr. Starr.

“I respectfully decline to answer that,” Mr. Clinton’s former nemesis said with a laugh.

Stephanie Mansfield

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