Gridiron griddling

The congressional leaders and other big names in Congress proved a tempting target at Saturday’s 121st annual Gridiron Club spring dinner show.

The parodies stay this side of wicked, under the club policy to singe, not burn.

The congressional leaders and other big names in Congress proved a tempting target at Saturday’s 121st annual Gridiron Club spring dinner show.

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The parodies stay this side of wicked, under the club policy to singe, not burn.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) was roasted to the tune of “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” from “Grease.”

Look at me, I’m Nancy P
Far too left for Kennedy
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I rage too fancily

And new House Majority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Lobbying world Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible MORE (R-Ohio) was portrayed in the show as running away from convicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff in a song to the tune of “Hit the Road Jack.”

I don’t know Jack, just ask my flack,
Don’t know, don’t know, don’t know, don’t know
I don’t know Jack
I don’t know Jack no more

A famous Johnny Cash song was the inspiration for a number on the presidential ambitions of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' Advice for fellow Democrats: Don't count out Biden, don't fear a brokered convention McSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad MORE (R-Ariz.), in a take-off of “I Walk the Line.”

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At sixty-nine
I’m in my prime

All the stories about the dinner gave high marks to Democratic speaker Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMeghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' Trump seeks to distance strong economy from Obama policies in White House report The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate MORE (Ill.). Obama even sang using his recent dustup with McCain over ethics legislation for inspiration. To “If I Only Had a Brain,” Obama lamented, “If I only had McCain.”

(For complete Obama lyrics and excerpts from speeches by Lynne Cheney and President Bush, see my blog at www.suntimes.com.)

Rahm road trips. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), chief of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, heads to south Florida on Wednesday for political and financial meetings and a funder for Florida hopeful Christine Jennings. On March 27 and 28, Emanuel hits New York City and New Jersey for funders and visits the New York Times edit board, plus a press event for New Jersey challenger Linda Stender.

Emanuel has a stake in the outcome of a Dem congressional primary in Tuesday’s Illinois balloting, where he backs wounded Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth over Dems Christine Cegelis and Lindy Scott. The winner faces GOP Illinois state Sen. Peter Roskam.

Hastert hustles. Catching up with Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.): March 6, he hosted a funder for Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) at a Chicago reception; same day, same city, he headlined a funder for Roskam.

On March 9, Hastert traveled to Richmond, Va., for a twofer: a funder for his own KOMPAC and a reception to benefit Rep. Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Democrats' strategy conundrum: a 'movement' or a coalition? The biggest political upsets of the decade Bottom Line MORE (R-Va.).

BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Lobbying world Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible MORE at bat. Boehner hits Florida tomorrow for a series of events. He starts with Rep. Clay Shaw (R-Fla.) and stays in the sunshine for a Monday funder with a Cuban-American political group.

On Wednesday, Boehner is in the Orlando area for a funder with Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) and stays on for a GOP “outreach” event with Feeney and Rep. Ric Keller (R-Fla.). On Thursday, he headlines a funder breakfast for Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) before heading to Alabama to be the name at a reception for Rep. Spencer BachusSpencer Thomas BachusManufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Biz groups take victory lap on Ex-Im Bank On The Money: White House files notice of China tariff hikes | Dems cite NYT report in push for Trump tax returns | Trump hits Iran with new sanctions | Trump praises GM for selling shuttered Ohio factory | Ex-Im Bank back at full strength MORE (R-Ala.).

Sweet is the Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times. E-mail: lsweet3022@aol.com