The Bad Jerry Lewis

The powerful Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is under investigation for corruption. It reminds me of my one run-in with him.

Early in the first Clinton administration, I was sitting next to him at lunch, during a conference in the US Capitol. He was blabbing on and on about the terrible Demcratic deficits. I said, "If you care about deficits, why did you support all of Reagan's?"

The friendly pol mask dropped, and he whispered then yelled at me: "Because everybody wants something. Everybody wants something! What do you want?" I said: "How about a For Sale sign on the front door downstairs?"

He turned away and refused to speak to me. Anarchist that I am, I meant privatization. But he may have thought I meant it personally.