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SEND IN THE CLOWN CAR The Race for the White House 2012 By Cranky Cuss Paperback – March 14, 2012

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Cranky Cuss is the nom de blog of Richard Brown. His primary blog is at Open Salon, with another devoted to pop culture on Wordpress. He has also written for the websites Does This Make Sense, Zoomers and ViewsHound. He spent 23 years in a corporate environment for a major bank without ever ascending to the 1%. However, he is not bitter (when he is asleep). This is his first book. Despite popular demand, he intends to write more. He also wrote the introduction to Jill Reese’s book, Confessions of a Southern Fried Yankee. He lives in the suburbs of New York City with a wife who calls him “her first husband,” and two daughters who insist they are adopted. His motto: The conventional wisdom has too much convention and not enough wisdom. Its corollary: Even Einstein was wrong sometimes, and you're not Einstein.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470176459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470176457
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,346,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If the gridlock in Washington and current presidential race makes you want to cry, this book is for you. I've been laughing since I picked it up last night.

It starts with fill-in-the-blank candidate questions and moves on to a much-desired debate format where candidates are zapped with electricity each time they tell a lie. While Cranky has admitted liberal leanings, no one--Obama included--is off-limits. I love it all, but my favorite parts may be when Cranky runs into Joe Biden at a bar and ends up accepting a babysitting gig for the Obamas, or when he books a coveted interview with God--who is clearly disgusted by the way things are going on this planet he's created for us.

I recommend Send in the Clown Car to anyone who is fed up with the circus in Washington and wants a government that puts people before politics. Because hidden in the humor is a lot of wisdom.
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Cranky Cuss answers all your political questions in this hilarious book, including a GOP debate complete with polygraph and wonders if three really is a crowd. Better than a Martha Stewart magazine you too will read about Barack Obama at home or how about Cranky's interview with God. Heck, Martha can't even do that and she thinks she is God.

Does Donald Trump have dignity or was Sarah Palin REALLY a contestant on Jeopardy? Cranky takes on these subjects with a humorous take not known to man before.

Can't afford a summer vacation? Well let Mr. Cuss take you on a trip into Ayn Rand's world or how about occupying Times Square with him? Cranky has it all in this book and not even Keith Obermann can unravel the Glenn Beck network like our New York state author can.

Not into heavy duty political subjects? Well tackle "America Needs New Holidays" or enjoy a blog by Abe Lincoln. What? Maybe he is related to little Newtie Gingrich who also has a say in this book.

If this does not tease you interest then you must be some sort of elitist. HMMM- didn't PBS agree to disagree that they were not elitists either?

Maybe they were all graduates of Coinspiracy U- of course; that's a chapter too!

As the Birdcage Owners of America wrote on the back cover:

"This is the book of the year!"

If it excites Anthony Weiner then what have you got to lose?

Okay, don't answer that!
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I'm a big fan of Cranky's Open Salon and Wordpress blogs. What I love about his writing is that there are moments of seriousness, and intelligence runs through everything he does, but there's such a pleasant, down-to-earth tone, and humor that ranges from mild joking to biting satire, too. The essays in "Send in the Clown Car" are, thankfully, no exception. I got some great chuckles throughout.

But what I appreciated most about the book (well, besides the piece about Abraham Lincoln's blog, or the brilliantly executed (no pun intended!) satire on joining the NRA, or the very astute modern fable "Louie Liberal and Chucky Conservative"), and what motivated me to get my political-polar-opposite dad a copy, is that Cranky makes fun of just about everyone here. All parties and individuals are fair game. Even Santa Claus is presented in a new and potentially shocking light.

This is a really fun read for anyone interested in politics, the current Presidential race, and the art of satirical writing.
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I hate reading about politics, unless it's funny. Too often political writing affects me the same way as religious writing, neither of which is known for its humor or open-mindedness. It usually either angers me or bores me to tears. Yet, some of my favorite writers write about politics. For years one of the first things I would read religiously in the newspaper was Art Buchwald's column. He saw the absurd in the political scene and he always made me laugh. Art's gone now and nobody's come close to filling his enormous clown shoes...until Cranky Cuss, who just might be Art Buchwald's legitimate heir. I don't mean this because their mugshots offer similar snarky smirks (say that ten times real fast), but because Cuss writes about politics and always makes me laugh. I've ruined computer keyboards spewing scalding coffee on them and come close to swallowing my tongue laughing at his stuff. Give him a try. If he doesn't make you laugh you might need to see a nutritionist in case you have an irony deficiency.
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