J.P. Mauro Book ReviewCommentary by Pete du Pont
November 15, 1996
Host intro: A cleric once asked why the devil should get all the good tunes. Today, Pete du Pont of the National Center for Policy Analysis wonders why liberals should get all the laughs.
Al Franken's book Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot made the left wing laugh.
But now conservatives can get the giggles, thanks to one J.P. Mauro, the author of Al Franken Is a Buck-Toothed Moron.
Whether explaining how liberals can pick each other out in crowds or conducting a mock battle of letters with Franken's publisher, Mauro blasts away with rude, brash, funny prose.
He positively seethes at the liberal media, calling Ted Turner the south's least welcome export since kudzu, adding, "anyone who would marry aerobics queen/war criminal Jane Fonda probably thinks Oliver Stone movies are documentaries."
He can't contain his sardonic amusement at Siskel and Ebert's rave for Al Franken's awful movie "Stewart Saves His Family," noting that a little boy and a fat man haven't been responsible for this much human misery since 1945.
And he boils with comic rage at Al Gore's suspiciously impassioned environmentalism, which works on a four-year cycle -- election year.
J. P. Mauro is actually two brothers, an attorney and a writer and former editor of National Lampoon. Al Franken Is a Bucktoothed Moron, appropriately, is from Payback Publishing.
Those are my ideas. And at the NCPA we know ideas -- and a few good laughs -- can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont, and I'll see you tomorrow.
Host outro: Campaign finance reform's important, but only one approach will really work. Friday, Pete du Pont tells us what it is.