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Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot [Paperback]

Al Franken
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Jan. 12 1999
Move over P.J. O'Rourke! From Al Franken, America's premier liberal satirist, comes a hilarious homage to the wonderful, awful, and always absurd American political process that skewers a whole new crop of presidential hopefuls--just in time for the 1996 presidential election. "(Franken is) responsible in part for some of the most brilliant political satire of our time".--John Podhoretz, New York Post.

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Rush Limbaugh claims his talent is on loan. With this book, Franken demonstrates that he owns. The frankly Democratic author's shtick reminds us how much of a free ride conservatives have gotten in the mainstream media. For instance, he really drives home the weirdness of the conservatives' preachiness about "family values" in light of Newt Gingrich's and Bob Dole's first marriages, and Rush Limbaugh's first, second and third marriages. And he has great fun with Rush's and Newt's miraculous draft deferments in a chapter where he imagines all of the great conservative "chicken-hawks" out on a Vietnam war patrol under the leadership of Ollie North. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Comedy writer Franken skewers conservatives in a book that spent 23 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I've read this book straight through twice.
I really thought I'd never laugh out loud, as frequently and as uproariously, the second time as the first time, but I did.
Franken's "review," ostensibly by Jeanne Kirkpatrick, of RLIABFI is, alone, worth the price of the book. I laugh so hard when reading this I double over.
This humor is not for everyone -- it is for people who, like Franken, are both intellectuals and political junkies.
On the down side, I do have trouble with the title. It's funny, but ... it's rude and mean. I don't have a solution here. I don't know how to create humor that never hurts anyone's feelings, and I don't know the best way to respond to hatemongers like Rush Limbaugh.
If nothing else, the title of this book, which has become a classic, got us thinking and talking about the Right's muddying of public debate and its abandonment of civil discourse.
Too, at times I do find Franken's ability to be impressed by his own intelligence and high-power connections a bit hard to take, but ... I forgive him for that, he is such a valuable resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relentless With Side-Splitting Abusive humor! May 19 2004
By Martin A Hogan TOP 500 REVIEWER
Al Franken jokes that he first thought of this book's title and then panicked when he realized he would actually have to listen to Rush Limbaugh. That's the kind of hilarious pathos that Franken passes on from his days at "Saturday Night Live". He never lets up with the Rush Limbaugh fat jokes and just when they an seem to be on the edge of 'just plain mean', he blasts out another semi-truth that's even funnier. Limbaugh is only one of many conservatives that get analyzed, chewed and spit out. No one escapes the humorous wrath of Al Franken, especially regarding hypocrisy in issues like war, marital fidelity and religion. Just take a look at the chapter selection to see who's lined up for public ridicule. Jeane Kirkpatrick's New York Times book review is at the beginning of the book with a riotous response from Franken that sends the highly respected reviewer into a frenzied, screaming, man-eating maniac! Also, the entire Index is a faux - relating every word to Rush Limbaugh and his extraneous girth. How Franken gets away with his highly amusing (and rightfully deserved) conservative Republican bashing is confounding. There is still hope for a dreadfully depressed and ungainly uptight America!
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5.0 out of 5 stars God, I hate Rush April 7 2004
By N. Lang
I come from a house where Rush is considered King. In any heated political debate, Rush is mentioned with his on-the-ball "facts". AFter all, he is right 97.9% of the time, according to his website. I was particularly intrigued when Franken interviewed his fact checker. The one inaccuracy that caught my attention was the one that said, "There are more acres of forest land today than in 1492 when Columbus discovered the continent." I told my father, a rush fan, this quote, and he said, "That is just plain stupid, Rush wouldn't say that. You show me that and I will admit maybe Rush is not always right." I say, "Okay." Gearing up for the challenge, I went to the local library, and checked out both of Rush's books. What I found, in both, was no parenthetical citations or a bibliography, or any reference of any kind. I learned in about 9th grade to always cite my sources. And right smack dab on page 171 I found the forest quote. I ran downstairs, book (piece of crap) in hand, and showed my father what I had found. "I don't believe it" he said. I was overjoyed.
More about this book. It is hilarious, to say the least. I wish Franken would have said that stuff to Gingrich when it looked like a brawl was to ensue. This book was a real page turner; I read it in two days! It was filled with facts, humor, and keen political insight from a very gifted individual. Thank you, Mr. Franken.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back atcha, Rush! March 16 2004
Saturday Night Live's comedian Al Franken takes on Rush and the rest of the right wing in this very funny, though thoroughly vicious, satire. Should one cry foul? Somehow, the spirit of impartiality within me doesn't think so. Rush, for the most part, has been unchallenged. A few books here and there about Rush's factual errors have popped up, but for the most part, no one has ever called Rush on the carpet. This is probably due to the fact that Rush bills himself as an entertainer, which he is. His unique position allows him to bluster his opinions -- often supported by blatant misrepresentations -- and fire potshots at political figures with impunity.
Hence, it takes another entertainer to take on the Rushter. A researcher, political analyst or scientist tackling Rush could not be taken seriously. Shouldn't these people be more concerned with more pressing issues than the factual errors spouted on talk radio? Enter Al Franken, champion of the liberals, to call out Rush on his many years of inconsistency, hypocrisy and outright fabrications.
Franken mops up the floor with Rush. I almost pity Limbaugh, because it's essentially no contest. After years of spouting his opinion without challenge, someone on his own level confronts the schoolyard bully. The book is a must read for anyone interested in supporting the liberal perspective on virtually any issue: gun control, supply side economics, the environment, you name it. In addition, the Republicans now find themselves on the receiving end as Franken also takes on such ideologues as Gingrich, Gramm, Buchanan, Robertson.
Thanks, Al. We needed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Very Good! Fun! Also look to ArtisanPacificPublishing Website for more Political Humour. Beaver Tales and a Canada Goosing George and Condi: The Last Decayed
Published on May 19 2010 by Reign Chelsin
1.0 out of 5 stars AL Franken IS A Unfunny IDIOT!
(...)ONE-SIDED hardcore "LIBERAL" GARBAGE!This is the kind of material that gives the left a bad name. Read more
Published on July 17 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars I'd burn it, but I wouldn't want to waste the matches.
I picked this book up after seeing how funny Al DFranken was on Saturday Night Live. With his memorable writing and acting, I USED to have alot of respect for the man. Gone. Read more
Published on July 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars easy, but essential target
rush limbaugh could easily be grouped together with a number of all too easy targets, some of which include jerry falwell, charlton heston, pat robertson, dubya, dan quale, pat... Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by ageofanxiety
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullseye
Franken is right. Rush Limbaugh IS a big fat idiot.
Published on July 13 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars This Guy is an Idiot
This guy is so far left he has fallen off the edge of reality.
He is obviously bitter and angry that there are some people living in America that still love life, liberty,... Read more
Published on July 8 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Stuart Smalley is a ignorant liar
Here's the proof that washed-up has-been comedians don't know squat about politics. Hey Stuart, France wants you to be their president. What a jerk!
Published on July 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars What You Do In The Dark Will Come To The Light
Thanks, Al, for bringing it to the light. The research in this book on comments by and lifestyles of rightwing politicians and spokepersons was eye-opening. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by TawnTawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Verifiable hypocrisy somewhat tainted by childish satire
Having actually read the book and checked some of the quotes, articles, and figures that it contains for accuracy, I'm pretty amazed that I haven't seen more press coverage of the... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Jamie Flournoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Hilarious
Not only funny(and lets face it-Rush Limbaugh is a disgusting fatass)but its very eye-opening, and interesting. Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by Aislynn Magaden
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