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As the unofficial spokesperson for the party built on family values, Rush Limbaugh has been divorced three times and has been charged with fraud for concealing information to obtain a prescription. With all the talk-show host’s hopping and pill popping, it’s no wonder author Jim Derych denounced Limbaugh and the Republican party in his Confessions of a Former Dittohead. Derych offers insider advice to arm liberals with the tools they need to rescue “fellow Americans from the clutches of the right,” says Markos Moulitsas, founder of überlefty Web site dailykos.com, where Confessions was originally featured as a diary. The book’s full of chapters with cornball titles such as “From Hannity to Humanity” and “The Taxes of Evil.” In the section titled “Inside the Dittiot Mind,” Derych explains that “[liberals] assume [Republicans’] detachment from reality is due to some form of functional retardation. But Republicans are just as intelligent as liberals.” He goes on to expose the elaborate brainwashing tactics of the conservative media—we’re talking about chips implanted in brains here—and O’Reilly faves such as Ann Coulter, whose recent book he mocks with a chapter titled “How to Talk to a Dittohead (and You Must!)” All the one-note puns read kind of like this spring’s State of the Union address—how many buzzwords and trite truisms can you swallow before you puke? And you have to wonder if this former Dittohead hasn’t merely changed tunes—the book’s billed as “a journey from the heart of conservative darkness to the light of liberalism.” Drink the other Kool-Aid when Derych reads at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 387-7638. (Megan Maher)