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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.
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.Read more ›
So, I did the decent thing and picked up the audio version. MUCH better!! As one of Franken's early political works, RLIABFI is not as hard-hitting as his later works -- "Lies and the Lying Liars WHo Tell Them" and "The Truth (with Jokes)". Franken is still more of the naughty boy than the political analyst, but his political and truth-telling skills are still definitely on display.
There were some gems. The mock book review by former UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick was a hilarious send-up of her as well as of the genre. And Franken was at his best as he described his early political activity as a 20-something tagging along after the Moe Udall and Ronald Reagan presidential campaigns. Franken's description of playing football with Bill Clinton, of attending Ross Perot's Reform Party convention in Dallas and of travelling to a migraine-inducing Christian Coalition event are dead-on and usually warm-hearted depictions of the flawed but very real people who get involved in politics. And his full-alphabet version of the V-Chip (The "S" chip blocks out the sitcoms, for instance) is wacky and almost surreal.
Franken's pieces sometimes misfire or (what is worse) confuse. His essay on his assistant's Lyme disease ably illustrated the problems of the uninsured trying to get health care. But the following essay -- purporting to show how the assistant was suing Franken over the effects of the disease -- seemed more like a piece the right wing might use against trial lawyers. I wasn't sure where Franken stood on this issue; perhaps he was being so profoundly ironic that I missed the joke.Read more ›
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Meaningless pseudo banter from a dim witted intellectual false with a career in comedy shortened by a lack of substancePublished 29 days ago by LibertarianismsareCool
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 12 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 15 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 17 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 20 months ago by Jack B.