A letter to Newsweek:
I was reading your article about how Nancy Pelosi’s position of power as Speaker of the House made her a target of satire and I was trying to find the articles of a similar nature about outgoing Speaker Dennis Hastert. I mean, everyone knows how crooked Illinois politics are. His district reaches across the state but it starts in the suburbs of Chicago! Chicago’s one of the crookedest cities in the country! That must have generated some material.
But I can’t find anything. There’s not even a mention about the grand tradition of skewering Speakers. Remember all of the jokes about Newt Gingrich and his affairs? Or the laughs we had about Tom Foley? Jim Wright? And boy, the Tip O’Neill gags still leave me in stitches.