Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations
|LC Class||E885 .F73 1996|
|Followed by||Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right|
Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations (ISBN 0-385-31474-4) is a 1996 American book by Al Franken. It is satirically critical of 1990s right-wing political figures such as Pat Buchanan, Bob Dole, Phil Gramm, Newt Gingrich, and particularly radio host Rush Limbaugh. Franken often makes his points through humor, including the use of graphs with his handwriting superimposed over them.
Franken has said that he chose to make the book's title an ad hominem attack as "an ironic comment on the fact that Rush makes ad hominem attacks all the time". Franken cited, for example, Limbaugh's attack on Chelsea Clinton, whom Limbaugh had described as "the White House dog". Franken said his motivation for writing the book was the rise of Newt Gingrich, who used Limbaugh as "his mouthpiece".
- The New York Times Best Seller List for February 25, 1996 (PDF), retrieved 2010-01-14
- Al Franken, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, p.85.
- "Comedian and Political Commentator Al Franken". National Public Radio. September 3, 2003. Retrieved 2005-10-05.