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Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: And Other Observations Paperback – January 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.
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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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Which leads to Frank? Is Al Franken fair to Rush Limbaugh? Does he engage in rational discussion when ridicule and parody will suffice instead? Absolutely, and that is the beauty of the book. Rush laid down the ground rules of how he would proceed and he and his fans have no grounds for complaint if someone uses those same rules against him. Though Franken's jibes are not without substance. It is hypocritical to berate constantly liberals for being anti-family when you have been married three times like Rush or have an affair with the wife of a colleague while you are married yourself, like Newt Gingrich.
Luckily, the book has merits above poking fun at fat chat show hosts or adulterous Speakers of the House. It is funny.
He wrote in the 1998 Preface to this 1996 book, "In the shadow of the whole Lewinsky scandal (I think the President f----d up very badly and that Kenneth Starr is a sick prig), it is important to remind ourselves how dishonest, misguided, and hypocritical the leaders of the Republican Revolution are and why they can't be allowed to run the country. This book is that reminder."
He states, "So Newt Gingrich is a deadbeat dad who presented his first wife with terms for divorce while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. That's not the point of this piece. But it's fun to repeat." (Pg. 47) He observes, "It's funny how many hawkish Republicans didn't go (to Vietnam). Phil Gramm had student and teaching deferments; George Will had student deferments; Clarence Thomas was 4-F." (Pg. 56)
He asserts, "Rush lies about a lot of stuff. Some of the lies I don't really hold against him. These are the ones where he's been on the air for an hour or so, and he's really on a roll... He's so far in the zone that he's left objective reality behind and entered this parallel universe where things are true because Rush wants them to be... Other lies bug me a lot. These are the rational, carefully constructed, deliberate lies of a man running a giant propaganda factory dedicated to two things: convincing people who were screwed sideways by Reaganomics that it was actually good for them, and encouraging the people who turned the screws to feel good about themselves." (Pg. 124-125)
He also argues that Bill Clinton was "The Greatest President of the Twentieth Century." He adds, "I think it's time someone made the case for Bill Clinton. In fact, I believe one of the reasons we lost control of Congress in '94 was that he hasn't received anywhere near the credit he deserves." (Pg. 248)
Conservatives will hate this book, and liberals/progressives will love it; but any reader is unlikely to not hold a strong opinion about the book, one way or the other.