Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot

May 30, 2006

Published by Delacorte Press
Written by Al Franken
336 pages; $12.95; black and white with color cover

I love politics. The sweeping grandeur of the democratic process here in the US is an amazing thing to behold. When it works. Despite the grandeur, the best part of politics in America is the right to satire, and Franken doesn’t dissapoint. This book is a well written, well researched slam against the pundits of the republican party.

For a political party that has rooted itself in “christian and family values”, there sure are a lot of spokespeople for that party with seedy and sordid pasts. Rush Limbaugh… is chock full of the same type of dirt that the republicans love to smear around at the Democrats, and that the Democrats so rarely get to throw back.

It’s hard to describe the actual content of the book, as the book consists of a rambling, directionless diatribe about Rush Limbaugh’s Ass, Newt Gingrich’s infidelity, and the inordinate amount of lying that the right does. It’s no wonder his new book is all about lying, he had plenty left over in doing research for this one. You’d assume he’s just being libelous except for how amazingly well researched his jibes are. He uses plentiful quotes and always notes sources. Some of the best parts include the chapters following his “Adventures in Politics”, usually descriptions of his interacting with politicos through comedy. His story about consulting with Conan O’Brian before the latter’s presidential debut was priceless. I also particularly like the transcripts from his conversations with Rush Limbaugh’s fact checker. I’ll give you a hint: he’s not very good.

This book is a light, quick read with a lot of dirt between the pages. For a one or two day jaunt into the gastro-intestinal tract of the body politic, this is a great read.

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