Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot Paperback – Jan 12 1999
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
Franken, a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live and in feature films, does to Limbaugh what the conservative talk-show host has been doing to Democratic politicians for years. Using admitted half-truths and out-of-context quotes, he skewers Rush & Friends as no liberal has done in years. Franken does a retrospective of Limbaugh's life from when he "fed off the largesse of the government in the form of unemployment insurance"; how he failed to register to vote until he was 35; how he used two airline coach seats to fit his opulent hind-quarters; and how he got a 4-F deferment because of a pilonidal cyst. There are two hilarious sketches: "My 'Conversation' with Rush Limbaugh" uses out-of-context quotes to corner Rush in much the same way that Limbaugh once had a "conversation" with Hillary Clinton; and "Operation Chickenhawk," with Ollie North leading Vietnam draft-dodgers Limbaugh, Quayle, Buchanan, George Will and Clarence Thomas to their demises in Asian rice paddies. Franken also doesn't have anything nice to say about Newt Gingrich, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Phil Gramm and others of the haranguing right. A mean-spirited, albeit funny, diatribe that will delight liberals. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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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.
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.
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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(...)ONE-SIDED hardcore "LIBERAL" GARBAGE!This is the kind of material that gives the left a bad name. Read morePublished on July 17 2004
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 morePublished on July 15 2004
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 morePublished on July 14 2004 by ageofanxiety
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
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
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 morePublished on June 28 2004 by TawnTawn
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 morePublished on June 27 2004 by Jamie Flournoy
Not only funny(and lets face it-Rush Limbaugh is a disgusting fatass)but its very eye-opening, and interesting. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Aislynn Magaden