Home | Reviews | Blog | Daily | Glossary | Orrin's Stuff | Email

Yeah, so what?  What does his weight or his IQ have to do with anything?  Here's the real question : Rush Limbaugh is such an easy object of satire; how did Al Franken manage to swing and miss ?  If you've ever listened to Rush's radio show, you know how bombastic and braggadocious he is; he seems to be making fun of himself half of the time.  In fact if you've ever heard the Rush parody on Imus in the Morning, the real show isn't much different.  He's completely over the top, tries to stir up controversy, takes on every hot button issue, and talks for three hours a day.  Over the years he must have said thousands of things that you could pick apart and make look stupid.  But all Franken has to offer is a few such examples and some personal invective about his weight, personal history and multiple marriages.  The book is neither funny nor a response to Rush's ideology.

If Franken actually had anything to say, he might have taken Rush down a few pegs.  Instead he got the only response this book really deserved, a book called Al Franken is a Buck-Toothed Moron by JP Mauro.  When you go for the easy shot and don't dig any deeper, you leave yourself vulnerable to like retaliation.


Grade: (F)


See also:

Book-related and General Links:
    -The Al Franken Web
    -ESSAY : Irrational Affairs: Is Bush Dumb? Or is Bush just too busy remembering the names of his old frat brothers to focus on things like who he had executed last week? (Al Franken, Rolling Stone)
    -INTERVIEW : Frankenly speaking Political comedian Al Franken on the Bush daughters, why
 conservative pundits are so annoying and Barbra Streisand, rain forest killer (Ian Rothkerch, Salon)
    -INTERVIEW: Fresh Air with Al Franken (Terry Gross, Fresh Air (NPR)
    -INTERVIEW: "Hello, I'm Rush L., and I'm an overeater." (MARK SCHAPIRO, Salon)
    -INTERVIEW: 'Why Not Me?'  : Al Franken has disturbing visions of his 'presidency' (Miles O'Brien, CNN)
    -INTERVIEW: Al Franken : He's good enough, he's smart enough, and, doggone it, most people like him  (Richard Blow, Mother Jones)
    -ESSAY: The Other, Stupider Convention : Spend enough time with Arianna, Granny D., and Al Franken, and you, too, will favor legalizing drugs (Matt Labash, Weekly Standard)
    -ESSAY : Why I Won't Fight Al Franken :  Al Franken called yesterday to challenge me to a fistfight. (Rich Lowry, National Review)
    -REVIEW: of AL FRANKEN IS A BUCK-TOOTHED MORON by J.P. Mauro  Franken gets response (YVONNE CRITTENDEN, Toronto Sun)
    -REVIEW: of WHY NOT ME? The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency. By Al Franken (PJ O'Rourke, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Why Not Me Shtick & Soul :  Al Franken Mainstreams the L-Word  (Richard Goldstein, Village Voice)
    -REVIEW: of  'Why Not Me?'  by Al Franken Franken's most creative work (Robert Nebel, CNN)

    -Rush Limbaugh's WebSite
    -ESSAY: Advice For W. (Rush Limbaugh, National Review)
    -Rush Limbaugh Articles and Resources on the 'net
    -The Unofficial  Rush Limbaugh Page (WTAW)
    -Rush Limbaugh on TalkWire Rush Room
    -Rush Limbaugh Unofficial Fan Club
    -DittoHead Deb's Excellent Rush Limbaugh Page
    -Right Side of the Web
    -DISCUSSION: Rush Limbaugh & Conservative Intellectual (Hatteras Campfire)
    -Rush Limbaugh: FAIR Resources (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting)
    -PROFILE : Lyin' Bully  Molly Ivins on Rush Limbaugh (Mother Jones, May/June 1995)
    -ESSAY: The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh Debates Reality (FAIR)
    -ESSAY: ABC and the rise of Rush Limbaugh
    -ESSAY: The G.O.P.'s Bum Rush (FRANK RICH, NY Times)
    -ESSAY: Critic's Notebook; Opinion vs. Reality In an Age of Pundits (MICHIKO KAKUTANI, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of THE WAY THINGS OUGHT TO BE By Rush H. Limbaugh 3d (Walter Goodman, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of THE RUSH LIMBAUGH STORY Talent on Loan From God: An Unauthorized Biography. By Paul D. Colford (Ken Bode, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of HOT AIR All Talk, All the Time. By Howard Kurtz (Mark Hertsgaard, NY Times Book Review)

    -National Review
    -American Outlook (Hudson Institute)
    -American Spectator
    -American Wasteland
    -Capitalism Magazine: In Defense of Individual Rights
    -Capitol Hill Blue: Because nobody's life, liberty or property is safe while Congress is in session
    -City Journal (from Manhattan Institute)
    -The Conservative Chronicle
    -Cross Currents (magazine The Association for Religion and Intellectual Life)
    -The Cultural Dissident
    -Culture Wars (an Independent Catholic magazine about faith, culture and morals in our time)
    -The Daily Republican (if the GOP wrote the headlines)
    -Drudge Report
    -Enter Stage Right
    -The Federalist
    -First Things: a Journal of Religion and Public Life
    -Fox News
    -The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty (magazine of The Foundation for Economic Education)
    -Frontpage Magazine (from David Horowitz, reformed red-diaper baby)
    -Full Context: an International Objectivist Publication (Ayn Rand's philosophy)
    -Headway Magazine (black conservative)
    -Heterodoxy: monthly journal of "articles and animadversions on political correctness and other follies.
    -Jewish World Review
    -Junk Science
    -New Australian
    -New Criterion
    -NY Post
    -The Orator  chronicling the high cost of our legal system
    -Policy Review: preeminent conservative publication for new and serious thinking and writing about the issues of our day
    -Shoot the Messenger: Christian Critical Review of Pop Culture
    -COLUMN: Thomas Sowell
    -Too Good Reports: the Right News for Right Thinkers
    -Townhall: Conservative News and Opinion
    -Washington Times
    -Washington Times Weekly
    -Weekly Standard
    -World & I

    -Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty: Founded in 1990, the Acton Institute is named in honor of John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton of Aldenham (1834-1902), the "historian of freedom." The mission of the Institute is to promote a free society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.
    -American Conservative Union
    -John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs
    -Center for the Study of the Popular Culture
    -Citizens Against Government Waste
    -The Claremont Institute for the study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy
    -Concerned Women for America
    -CPAC: Conservative Political Action Committee
    -Family Research Council: Family, Faith & Freedom
    -Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
    -Free-Market.Net: The Libertariian Portal
    -Frontiers of Freedom
    -Goldwater Institute
    -Heritage Foundation
    -Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
    -Independence Institute : Conservative Libertarian Think Tank
    -Intercollegiate Studies Institute: purpose is to convey to successive generations of college youth a better understanding of the values and institutions that sustain a free society
    -Landmark Legal Foundation
    -Leadership U
    -Milton & Rose Friedman Foundation
    -The Philadelphia Society
    -Polyconomics (Jude Wanniski)
    -The Reagan Information Exchange (Michael Reagan)
    -Reagan Library (return to a time when Presidents were heroes)
    -The Ronald Reagan Homepage
    -Republican National Committee
    -Young Americans for Freedom: The Voice of Freedom on Campus

    -Conservative Politics: U.S. (