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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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 blatant hypocrisy (or lunacy) that Republican leaders are guilty of. Do these people realize that what they said a couple of years ago is still available?
Mr. Franken simply compares what these people say with how they actually live, and what they've said in the past. In juxtaposing the loudly self righteous with the embarassing reality that they themselves are no different from the people they look down on, Mr. Franken creates some humorous and outrageous moments.
Sadly his work is tainted by some juvenile humor as well. Usually his sense of humor works well, happily pointing out how shallow the title is, but at times the fat jokes are just dumb.
Still, the value of the actual content aside from the jeering makes up for the misses in his hit and miss sense of humor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great! May 19 2010
Very Good! Fun! Also look to ArtisanPacificPublishing Website for more Political Humour. Beaver Tales and a Canada Goosing George and Condi: The Last Decayed
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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. All of it, gone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy, but essential target July 14 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 buchanan and a good number of amazon.com customers.
but just because these idiots are easy targets doesnt mean they shouldnt be targets.
most conservatives are loud mouthed and provocative. they beat their chest like a z grade johnny weismuller and dare anyone disagreeing with them to 'come and get it'. okay.
and franken, thankfully, understands the importance of addressing these brain dead loud mouths. these types do have large followings of more brain dead loud mouths.
and franken rises to the offensive conservative challenge with a winning abundance of acerbic wit. he does it virtually better than anyone.
hours of sheer enjoyment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bullseye July 13 2004
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Franken is right. Rush Limbaugh IS a big fat idiot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What You Do In The Dark Will Come To The Light June 28 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. I already knew Rush Limbaugh was an idiot, but then, I am able to think for myself. The persons who gave this book a bad review apparently don't like the truth being pointed out to them, just as people like Rush Limbaugh don't appreciate their hypocrisy being noted and written about in a book. No one is supposed to notice (and the rightwingers pretend not to). In my opinion, anyone who listens to and believes Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot. And a complete moron too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Hilarious June 26 2004
Not only funny(and lets face it-Rush Limbaugh is a disgusting fatass)but its very eye-opening, and interesting. I highly recommend this book, not only to liberals, but also to conservatives. Who knows, this book just might be able to pull their heads out of their butts.
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