In addition, many of the politicians skewered in the pages, including Weiner and Palin, simply aren’t players anymore. To kick these politicians while they are irrelevant seems to suggest that the author is either out of touch, a little bit mean or the smallest bit lazy.
For satire to work, it must be a clever critique of the subject, not simply a reveal of the author’s own bias. The pieces collected in “The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals” might be gleaned from some of the funniest writers and one of the funniest sites on the Internet, but this work does not always succeed in a more permanent book form. Indeed, the collection serves to remind the reader how temporary a medium Web-based satire is.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.