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Today is the 117th birthday of Dr. Seuss, real name Theodor Geisel, who made a career out of making children laugh and adults think. And sometimes the other way around.

He certainly got political satirist Art Buchwald chuckling, and thinking, in 1974 as the Watergate scandal consumed Washington. Ted Geisel sent the liberal columnist a Dr. Seuss book he'd written two years earlier titled "Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!"

In the copy the author sent to Buchwald, he exchanged Marvin Mooney's name for Richard Nixon's (which is how some people read it in 1972). Buchwald, naturally, turned it into a column. Although Geisel was a loyal Democrat, today I suspect he'd send the book to Liz Cheney or Adam Kinzinger. Certainly, to Mitt Romney; perhaps even to Mitch McConnell.

Dr. Seuss and Art Buchwald are gone now, however, so in a moment I'll render the updated version, channeling the presumed desires of the aforementioned Republicans.

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington bureau chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.

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