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.