"...the satirist is the most morally active of the various types of
comedic artisan. Where others get laughs making themselves ludicrous,
or by creating mayhem around them, the satirist gets his by mocking the
betrayal of principles. It doesn't matter what those principles are... (I)f
you're mimicking a Shiite, a Trotskyite, or an all-American who falls short of his own principles, and there's one other person in the room - and he's laughing - that's satire."