Becky Miller is a longtime Oregon conservative who’s read Al Franken’s Lies and the Lying Liars that Tell Them. Her review of it in the Oregonian is a straightforwardly amazed reaction from someone whose worldview has just turned upside-down:
I must say that only once before in my life have I ever felt as utterly shocked as I am at this moment. The time before was when I first realized that my boss at the time, Bill Sizemore, was greedy and dishonest. The foundations of my universe shook. What has utterly shocked me today is Al Franken’s latest book, “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.”When you’re totting up the victims of the Conspiracy to Reestablish the Class System, pause a moment to remember the decent old-line traditionalist conservatives, who’ve been cynically seduced and abandoned by that lot more times than I like to think about.
I read the book in one sitting. It is an amazing book, and—if you’re a decent, honest, hard-working, patriotic, true-blue conservative who listens to Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly and watches Fox News—an earth-shattering book. …
Until I read this book, I believed the Bill Sizemore/Oregon Taxpayers United mess was a bit of a fluke. (In 2002 I testified against him in a civil trial in which a Multnomah County jury found that his charitable foundation and political action committee had committed fraud and forgery, and that Oregon Taxpayers United had engaged in a pattern of racketeering to obtain signatures on initiative petitions for tax measures drafted by Sizemore.) The spin, the lies, the greed, the disregard for the everyday person—I thought it was all just a fluke and really limited to this one little pustule of filth that had festered in a little storefront in Clackamas, Oregon. Boy, was I wrong.
I believe Franken is telling the truth in his book because it meshes perfectly with what I personally have observed. And I think every decent, honest, hard-working, patriotic, true-blue conservative owes it to himself to read it. Hold your nose if you must—Franken is as foul-mouthed and crass as his reputation would lead you to believe (and quite mistakenly believes Christians love Israel because it is the center of prophecies that include the fiery deaths of all Jews)—but read it anyway.The other day on talk radio, I heard a guy tell an incredulous Lars Larson that he wouldn’t believe Rush Limbaugh was a drug addict involved in a drug ring even if Limbaugh himself admitted it. If you’re that guy, don’t bother reading Franken’s book. You will really just drive yourself even more crazy.