Roberta Lathram writes:
Dear Mr. Keillor:
"A Prairie Home Companion" without political humor? Perish the thought! Are the naysayers really asking you not to apply your gift for gentle satire to the smugness, hypocrisy, mean-spiritedness, pretension, and pomposity abroad in the land? This would deprive you of a creative outlet and your audience of some of your best work. Surely, we need to keep a light touch in the face of the absurdities around us, lest we become so bitter, despairing, and cynical that we lose our sense of humor altogether.
Those who object to your political humor as unduly partisan must be so busy being defensive that they've missed the ribbing of Clinton on "Famous Celebrities", your portrayal of liberals as Disneyesque, and Lefty's explaining that he chose the cowboy life to get away from his father's humorless liberalism.
Besides, why should Rush Limbaugh and his fans have all the fun?
You're a peach. Thanks. Onward. GK
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