Funny how it works

Los Angeles Times - - Opinion -

Re “Ma­jor­ity leader found Col­bert em­bar­rass­ing,” Sept. 27, and “Tak­ing satire right into Congress,” Sept. 25

So poor House Ma­jor­ity Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) was em­bar­rassed by co­me­dian Stephen Col­bert’s con­gres­sional tes­ti­mony?

I no­ticed, as I watched Col­bert’s most bril­liantly writ­ten and ex­e­cuted per­for­mance, that a num­ber of oth­ers shared Hoyer’s sen­ti­ment. How deeply sad that these men and women of such self-im­por­tance can’t bring them­selves to rec­og­nize the value of his ap­pear­ance. The truth is that very lit­tle na­tional at­ten­tion would have been brought to this hear­ing had he not been there.

I’m sure that what he said made many who saw it laugh — but also think about this most im­por­tant is­sue.

I have of­ten laughed (in a dis­gusted way) at what has been said and done, or not done, by those in Congress. Isn’t it a shame that Hoyer and his co­horts aren’t em­bar­rassed by that?

Den­nis Sands

Santa Bar­bara

Kevin Lamarque

MAN OF THE HOUR: Stephen Col­bert took his act to Capi­tol Hill, but not ev­ery­one was amused.

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