In the know-your-enemy school of lefty journalism, few could be in a better position than Texas scribes Lou Dubose and Jan Reid. Dubose covered Lone Star politics as an editor for the Texas Observer; Reid serves as a senior writer at Texas Monthly. Since the beginning of George W. Bush’s improbable presidency, the authors have put much shoe leather and many resources into analyzing the prez, the prez’s brain—Karl Rove—and now, scalpel in hand, The Hammer: Tom DeLay, God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress. If Dubya’s rise was propelled by the mercy of his father’s friends, DeLay’s power grab was about showing none. And the authors provide plenty of anecdotal evidence detailing how, after winning a seat in Congress, DeLay vowed to destroy the National Endowment for the Arts, became born-again after watching a preacher on TV, rigged the Clinton impeachment process, and coddled sweatshop owners. Don’t expect DeLay to wilt from his recent slap on the wrist over ethics violations, and let Dubose and Reid tell you why when they discuss their work on the man whose buddies once dubbed him “Hot Tub Tom” at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Jason Cherkis)