Louis Dubose

Lou Dubose was editor of The Texas Observer from 1987-1999. He’s authored five books, including the best-seller Shrub with Molly Ivins. He currently edits The Washington Spectator.


The Pimping of the Presidency

Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist Billing Clients for Face Time with George W. Bush

Four months after he took the oath of office in 2001, President George W. Bush was the attraction, and the White House the venue, for a fundraiser organized by the alleged perpetrator of the largest billing fraud in the history … Read More


Follow the Leader

The Right and its Big Night for Tom DeLay

Follow the Leader The Right and its Big Night for Tom DeLay BY LOU DUBOSE here was something weirdly dissonant about the American Conservative Union’s May 12 salute to Tom DeLay. Maybe it was the video tribute played out on … Read More


Pulp Friction

Pulp Friction BY LOU DUBOSE G.O.P. D.O.A. By Jay Brida Contemporary Press 181 pages, $9.00 (cheap) former New York City police commissioner has a wife, kids, and a million-dollar Tudor in Jersey, where he spends a little too much time … Read More


No Picnic at Speaking Rock

Washington lobbyists shakedown Indian casinos

DORGAN: Also, there is a golfing trip to Scotland by a private jet. And my understanding is that our records disclosed that trip includes passengers Mr. Scanlon, Mr. Abramoff, Representative Ney and Ralph Reed. Would that suggest to you that … Read More


K Street Croupiers

How Two of Tom DeLay's Players Beat the House at the Grand Coushatta Casino

On May 9, 2001, Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff did President George W. Bush a small favor by directing a modest sum of money to Grover Norquist. Norquist was bringing a group of Republican state legislators to the White House to … Read More


Stranger Than Paradise

An excerpt from 'The Hammer: Tom DeLay: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress

The following article is excerpted from the book The Hammer: Tom DeLay: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress by Lou Dubose and Jan Reid. Copyright ©2004. Reprinted by arrangement with PublicAffairs. All rights reserved.At first look the … Read More


One Hundred Years of Turpitude

American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush In 1994, as George W. Bush was about to defeat Ann Richards and begin a carefully orchestrated ascent to the White House, the Observer published an … Read More


The Righteous Brothers

Tom DeLay goes over the top with the Zionist Organization of America

By the time Tom DeLay arrived at the head table in the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Hilton on November 16, his obvious intention to succeed Denny Hastert as Speaker of the House seemed too modest by half. A man … Read More


Get Rewrite

A consitutional scholar rethinks the Constitution

In March I followed a Village Voice theater listing to an off-Broadway production of Robert O’Hara’s An American Maul. The Voice’s one-line description of the play was a tease too tantalizing to pass up. Something like: “A dimwitted American president … Read More