Books: Why Not Me? By Al Franken

By Al Franken

It's unclear what exactly Franken is ridiculing in this political satire, but the results are certainly funny. The book's 289 pages chronicle Franken's fictitious run for the democratic presidential nomination in 2000. He hires Norm Ornstein (fellow at the American Enterprise Institute), Dick Morris (political consultant) and Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams) to build a highly successful campaign around eliminating ATM fees. Perhaps he's mocking the American voter, or the election system, or even himself. Whatever his point, doggonit, it's sharper than making fun of 12-step gurus.

--By Joel Stein

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