Cutting Satire

Posted July 30, 2008 at 5:02pm

When Members pine for the good ol’ days when partisanship was not so strong on Capitol Hill, maybe they should examine some old commentaries. In this 1839 cartoon, Rep. Henry Wise (Va.), an opponent of the Van Buren administration, is portrayed as a surgeon operating on Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury. Congress investigated Woodbury in connection with an embezzlement scandal, though no wrongdoing was found on his part. The artist signed his pseudonym, “Artful Dodge.”