Finally, Berger has the opportunity to strut his skills in the world of politics. This opportunity, however, is reached late in the novel, and Berger's characters have about run out of time. There are cogent observations about politics, such as "Politics is showbiz and sometimes it's even more lucrative but usually less believable." Or Phyllis' comment, "I don't have to remind you that unless you reprogram me, I am obliged to tell the truth. But you and all the rest of our team can enjoy the normal human exercise of lying whenever it suits your purpose." And describing Phyllis' running against two men for president, Pierce observes, "Your greatest asset is you've actually done something in real life, unlike either of your opposite numbers, career politicians." Perhaps Berger fumbles with the political satire and irony because something so purposely paradoxical as politics is not easily parodied.