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Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot Paperback – January 12, 1999
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I didn't like the title, because it is somewhat...confrontational. But between the covers of this aggressive book lay a very, very funny man. He combines an astute political sense with a level of indignant humanitarianism which allows him to put radical conservatives in a very bad light. Franken uses stats and figures to support his claims, but never attempts to pretend his book is any more than satire - slightly less political than P.J. O'Rourke, for example.
Radical conservatives might struggle to enjoy this, but anyone with a sense of humour should be able to appreciate most of Franken's character portraits and, even better, anecdotes - for example, when he played with the President American football and made a play which won his team the game...but the President forbore to congratulate him. The quick prose is funny and witty...
But...it does go a little far at times, and though I learned to share some of Franken's views on Rush Limbaugh, to whom I have never listened, I still thought some of the writing went too far. It reassured me tremendously to read in Franken's "Why Not Me" that Limbaugh himself had bumped into him and instead of pummelling him had yelled - "hell of a book!". This, and grudging praise to men such as Bob Dole gives Franken a bit more depth than an out-and-out liberal satirist with no punches pulled.
Anyone offended by the book's title should remember that Rush made his career out of insults. That is the great irony. Look, I have two of my degrees at public institutions, and tubby (Rush) reminds his audience that we, public college graduates,
can not grasp the sublime arguments of Milton Freidman and the other apostles of Free Market ideology. Comments like"you public school and public college graduates probably cannot grasp
this" "you know, my friends, the sorry state of thinking by people who went to our public institutions is tragic." NUT JOB! YOU ARE A COMMUNITY COLLEGE DROPOUT! By your own definition you are an idiot, and Al is right. An aside, I would like to see Al take Rush and Bill O'Reilly on in a game of celebrity Jeopardy. Al would pummel them because he knows questions to answers other
than "My housekeeper." Answer in the form of a question is of course: "Who supplies my drugs illegally?" or category Awards answer: "The Peabody;" answer in the form of a question: "What award did I say I won but really lied about and then made a complete ass of myself by trying to cover it up." Rush and Bill would get those; but not much else. Although I must disclaim that Bill has two masters degrees and is much smarter than Rush,
a damnation by the feintest of all praises I suppose.Read more ›
In my case, I've read Rush's first book "The Way Things Ought to Be" and found it to be full of inaccuracies, unsubstantiated and outrageous claims, and misinformation. That's not to say Rush is a complete moron because he does put forth some good arguments, but overall, I think Al Franken proves his case to convince me that Rush is a (big fat) idiot.
I like this book because it is hysterically funny and quite entertaining. Al's wit is dry and sometimes vicious. I laughed to tears when I read the chapter about Phil Gramm ("I own more guns than I need, but not as many as I want.")
He lampoons the right wing, and I think he does it well. If you are a conservative with no sense of humor, you will not like this book.
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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Full Disclosure: I'm biased because I too think Rush Limbaugh is a big, fat idiot. That said, I thought the book was for the most part very entertaining. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James D. Pratt
The funniest part about the book is the review by former Ambassador Jeanne Kilpatrick and Franken's response. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephen J. Dibert
Franken, an intelligent and educated, politically engaged man, is very funny when he is at his best, and the target of his humor is a repulsive bigoted loudmouthed hypocrite with a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephen Mann
OK, I confess, I only got a hundred pages into this. It seems to consist primarily of "Rush Limbaugh is fat."
Not an especially interesting comment or argument. Read more
Complete garbage a political book with more opinion than fact and I'm not even a rush limbaugh fan but fact check statements and it's easy to see its just a book to be negativePublished 13 months ago by Jack B.
Nobody should have to pay for this book…it should be GIVEN AWAY…at gunpoint….Published 16 months ago by Gary Johnson