Quote of the day

posted at 10:47 pm on October 1, 2009 by Allahpundit

“The case of Glenn Beck, Time magazine’s ‘Mad Man,’ is more interesting. His on-air weepiness is unmanly, his flirtation with conspiracy theories a debilitating dead-end, and his judgments sometimes loopy (McCain worse than Obama?) or just plain counterproductive (such as his convoluted charge that Obama is a racist). Yet Beck’s distinctiveness and his potential contribution to conservatism can be summed up with one name: R.J. Pestritto.

Pestritto is a young political scientist at Hillsdale College in Michigan whom Beck has had on his TV show several times, once for the entire hour discussing Woodrow Wilson and progressivism. He is among a handful of young conservative scholars, several of whom Beck has also featured, engaged in serious academic work critiquing the intellectual pedigree of modern liberalism. Their writing is often dense and difficult, but Beck not only reads it, he assigns it to his staff. ‘Beck asks me questions about Hegel, based on what he’s read in my books,’ Pestritto told me. Pestritto is the kind of guest Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity would never think of booking.

Okay, so Beck may lack Buckley’s urbanity, and his show will never be confused with ‘Firing Line.’ But he’s on to something with his interest in serious analysis of liberalism’s patrimony. The left is enraged with Beck’s scandal-mongering over Van Jones and ACORN, but they have no idea that he poses a much bigger threat than that. If more conservative talkers took up the theme of challenging liberalism’s bedrock assumptions the way Beck does from time to time, liberals would have to defend their problematic premises more often.”


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Beck’s presentation style reminds me of Peewee Herman. He seems like he is talking to adults with an elementary school shtick.

crosspatch on October 2, 2009 at 2:23 AM

Glenn Beck is okay in my book.

I LOVE how he drives the left loons crazy with his exposes on leftists and their behavior, especially in his whistle blowing segments, and dissection of leftist plants, their actions, their corruption, and paper trails, etc.

It is so much fun to watch and hear the loony leftists, and the RINOs go ballistic over the facts being revealed, and choosing to attack the messenger, Glenn Beck, rather than fix that which is broken!

To those nuts who attack the messenger rather than the corruption and deceit exposed I say, “Sorry fellas and gals, but you are caught with your pants down. That is on you!”

William2006 on October 2, 2009 at 2:24 AM

People who fancy themselves intellectuals are frequently doing a lot of mental masturbation and therefore going blind to reality.

ReneePA on October 1, 2009 at 11:40 PM

Now I know why I need glasses.

jollybird on October 2, 2009 at 2:24 AM

karenhasfreedom on October 2, 2009 at 2:12 AM

I’m one of those auditory learners…so it’s ok…except for the pauses when he is using the cool chalkboard. I’ve been listening to Glenn for many years and enjoyed getting to finally see him when he first appeared on CNN (which felt wrong from day 1). He wasn’t ugly like he kept saying he was during his radio-only days. Back then, he was a pretty funny guy and his shows had more of a humorous edge to them. His emotional outbursts on TV signal a more serious tone and I believe he is genuinely concerned about America. He’s still a sick freak and I love him for it!
DVRing is a good plan. Just not enough hours in my day, so I’m thankful for the XM time. But you must keep your nephew fighting the good fight…we especially need those youngsters to carry on. You’re a good Aunt! Stay strong.

redwhiteblue on October 2, 2009 at 2:38 AM

Glenn,

Keep pouring salt on the liberal slugs of America.

Sapwolf on October 2, 2009 at 2:47 AM

Glen Beck…?

Where is the outrage for Barney Frank and the economic collapse…?

Seven Percent Solution on October 2, 2009 at 3:36 AM

Glenn,

Keep pouring salt on the liberal slugs of America.

Sapwolf on October 2, 2009 at 2:47 AM

Hey that’s a good one Sapwolf.

Geochelone on October 2, 2009 at 4:04 AM

Beck’s presentation style reminds me of Peewee Herman. He seems like he is talking to adults with an elementary school shtick.

crosspatch on October 2, 2009 at 2:23 AM

And that is whats needed these days, sadly.

Ugly on October 2, 2009 at 4:09 AM

I just watched Inside Edition . They were dissing on Glenn Beck about the kids’ indoctrination video ( mmmm mmmm mmmm , that one )in a NJ school.
The woman who wrote the book ” I Am Barack Obama” was on the show lying thru both ends of her alimentary canal. She actually beamed a shi22y smile to say that the kids wrote the lyrics to that rap and the ‘ Hello Mr. President we honor you today ‘ based on the Battle Hymn ! And those little kids wanted to sing it for her ! She had nothing to do with those lyrics ! She wasn’t asked about the vocabulary of those kids and Inside Edition didn’t even bother to read any response from Glenn Beck .
So is this the new line from the Obama regime–
its the kids’ fault

macncheez on October 2, 2009 at 4:25 AM

With Beck, there are only two things to ask yourself:

1. Is Beck entertaining?
2. Does Beck teach you anything?

It’s that simple, Spathi.

BigAlSouth on October 2, 2009 at 5:55 AM

Beck appears to be digging under the foundation of progressivism rather than just breaking a few windows.

jimmy2shoes on October 2, 2009 at 6:04 AM

Beck appears to be digging under the foundation of progressivism rather than just breaking a few windows.

jimmy2shoes on October 2, 2009 at 6:04 AM

I hope we can agree that this is a good thing.

Glenn Beck has done more for America than most of Obama’s circle, if only for the fact that he paid his taxes.

Niko on October 2, 2009 at 6:08 AM

What an interesting article! Mr. Beck is like Cliff Notes. When I listen to Sec. Bennett and he quotes some famous works (as he does often) I love how it fits so nicely into the conversation and the timelessness of the ancients, disregarded in schools today. But when I try to read it myself, it is torture and bears no resemblance to the lyrical prose I heard. It’s hard to imagine Mr. Beck as a teacher but I can see that he is trying. Maybe I should work harder to be a better student.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2009 at 6:15 AM

Consider the “tea party” phenomenon. Though authentic and laudatory, it is unfocused, lacking the connection to a concrete ideology that characterized the tax revolt of the 1970s, which was joined at the hip with insurgent supply-side economics.

^^This is true – but will fixed very soon. Especially if the Democrats keep shoving their fingers in our faces with the public option and their other Socialist notions.

The Republican who becomes the leader of the Liberty movement will be the GOP nominee – or the kingmaker for the nominee.

I’m watching Sarah and Huck – to see which one of them picks up the flag first. They are the only two with the guts to pick it up.

HondaV65 on October 2, 2009 at 6:25 AM

So Beck cries once in awhile and occassionally dresses up in lederhosen…he’s still extremely effective. I bet if the White House had a choice to silence Limbaugh or Beck, they would pick Beck hands down. Why? Because Beck won’t let up on Valerie Jarrett.

CarolynM on October 2, 2009 at 6:39 AM

One fine article. Thanks for posting it, AP.

Beck appears to be digging under the foundation of progressivism rather than just breaking a few windows.

jimmy2shoes on October 2, 2009 at 6:04 AM

Exactly. Beck cuts a lot deeper than many think. He’s one of our sharpest shooters.

petefrt on October 2, 2009 at 6:46 AM

Glenn is a conduit for the frustration that many Americans feel. The left, and snobbish RION’s, are trying to marginalize him by painting him as a crackpot. In the same breath, they try to make the message their own by agreeing with him.

My question is: Where were you before Beck? Why didn’t McShamnesty and Gramnesty try to speak to red state Americans with the passion that was required to make us understand that there was finally a national figure that really gets what it is like for the rest of us?

This is typical of many in the public eye. They are too cowardly to put their heart and soul into the fight because they would rather have a career left in a damaged America than take a chance on sacrificing their careers to make America what it once was.

God bless Glenn Beck. He is doing the job American politicians wont do.

csdeven on October 2, 2009 at 6:47 AM

Say what you will, but Glenn Beck is my 14yr old’s favorite conservative and THAT is the audience we NEED to engage!

ctmom on October 2, 2009 at 6:48 AM

Pestritto: never heard of the kid. sounds interesting. Let’s get him out there and why wouldn’t hannity or oreilly have him on? They’re not afraid of anyone.

ted c on October 2, 2009 at 6:58 AM

Beck appears to be digging under the foundation of progressivism rather than just breaking a few windows.

jimmy2shoes on October 2, 2009 at 6:04 AM

Excellent…I like that analogy….perfect

Jeff from WI on October 2, 2009 at 7:03 AM

Say what you will, but Glenn Beck is my 14yr old’s favorite conservative and THAT is the audience we NEED to engage!

ctmom on October 2, 2009 at 6:48 AM

Exactly!

Jeff from WI on October 2, 2009 at 7:05 AM

We never, ever miss Beck. Just picked up “Arguing with Idiots” and it is terrific. If we’re not going to be home at 5:00 EST we DVR his show.

He is single handedly exposing Obama and cohorts for what they are, were it not for Beck we’d already be Europe.

Onager on October 2, 2009 at 7:06 AM

Is conservatism brain-dead?

Only on its “left” side, Allah.

MikeA on October 2, 2009 at 7:12 AM

I bet if the White House had a choice to silence Limbaugh or Beck, they would pick Beck hands down. Why? Because Beck won’t let up on Valerie Jarrett.

CarolynM on October 2, 2009 at 6:39 AM

It’d be Rush. Bigger audience and on for three hours a day in virtually every market in America.

highhopes on October 2, 2009 at 7:13 AM

I think Beck is a showman, a media personality. That does not mean he is stupid. That does not mean he does not read books or that he does not have people with credentials on his show. So does 60 Minutes from time to time. So does NPR, and we know how they think.

But I do think that his number one concern is his ratings and he likes making outrageous comments to get attention. Going after Teddy Roosevelt and calling him a thug, or saying we are better off with Obama than McCain or saying the Patriot Act is a dangerous thing or calling for Bush’s impeachment or trying to take credit for the Tea Party marchers in DC as if the whole thing was his idea.. are all examples of Beck being self aggrandizing.

My worry about Beck is that he will turn on the conservatives someday if and when he thinks it will work for him. I just do not really trust the man.

But he is very good at what he does.

However, a guy like Rush Limbaugh would never turn on his own..and neither would Mark Levin, and both of these men have radio and listening audiences that dwarf Beck’s viewing audience. Beck is a little too close to the Ron Paul folks for me to feel comfortable with.

Terrye on October 2, 2009 at 7:14 AM

Terrye on October 2, 2009 at 7:14 AM

Well of course Beck is a showman. That is why he has a TV show, and a radio show. But some of your worries about his trustworthiness appears to make a common mistake of confusing conservitisim with being a Republican. While the two share some ideas and positions, they are NOT the same thing.

MikeA on October 2, 2009 at 7:25 AM

Glenn is a conduit for the frustration that many Americans feel. The left, and snobbish RION’s, are trying to marginalize him by painting him as a crackpot. In the same breath, they try to make the message their own by agreeing with him…………
This is typical of many in the public eye. They are too cowardly to put their heart and soul into the fight because they would rather have a career left in a damaged America than take a chance on sacrificing their careers to make America what it once was.

God bless Glenn Beck. He is doing the job American politicians wont do.

csdeven on October 2, 2009 at 6:47 AM

Great observations. Most of the criticisms of Beck seem to be that he is emotional, weepy, showman-like…but I don’t see anyone refuting the facts that he uncovers.

Red State State of Mind on October 2, 2009 at 7:41 AM

highhopes on October 2, 2009 at 7:13 AM

agree with you there…

cmsinaz on October 2, 2009 at 7:42 AM

But some of your worries about his trustworthiness appears to make a common mistake of confusing conservitisim with being a Republican. While the two share some ideas and positions, they are NOT the same thing.

MikeA on October 2, 2009 at 7:25 AM

All conservatives look alike to liberals.

highhopes on October 2, 2009 at 7:46 AM

My worry about Beck is that he will turn on the conservatives someday if and when he thinks it will work for him. I just do not really trust the man.

I don’t think so. He has said, repeatedly, that he is not comfortable with Democrats or Republicans – he doesn’t trust either party to adhere to principles. And that’s the key to Beck – principles. He knows his own, he understands them, he articulates them, and even better, he can draw a direct correlation between his personal principles and those that governed our founding fathers as they authored the documents that are supposed to govern our lives and future generations.

I think that is why he has appeal to young people. My son, in particular, likes to have clear definitions and rationales for actions. He wants to know that an action is going to have a clear outcome. Beck does a superb job of making the connections between principles and actions, which is why he is so effective. He could be the father of an entirely new generation of conservatives and I think that is what liberal lefties are most frightened about.

piglet on October 2, 2009 at 7:47 AM

Well, that’s certainly a feather in Glenn Beck’s bonnet.

Given the occasional R.J.Pestritt visit on air, Beck’s show gets Steven F. Hayworth’s endorsement.

But Tanenhaus is right to direct our attention to the imbalance between the right’s thinkers and doers. The single largest defect of modern conservatism, in my mind, is its insufficient ability to challenge liberalism at the intellectual level, in particular over the meaning and nature of progress. To the left’s belief in political solutions for everything, the right must do better than merely invoking “markets” and “liberty.” Beck, for one, is revealing that despite the demands of filling http://hours of airtime every day, it is possible to engage in some real thought. He just might be helping restore the equilibrium between the elite and populist halves of conservatism.

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 7:53 AM

My husband used to say “you listening to that nut again?” I asked him to please just once sit down and watch–now he’s glued to the TV every day at four.You da bomb,Glenn!

lizzee on October 2, 2009 at 7:56 AM

Say what you will, but Glenn Beck is my 14yr old’s favorite conservative and THAT is the audience we NEED to engage!

ctmom on October 2, 2009 at 6:48 AM

Exactly!

Jeff from WI on October 2, 2009 at 7:05 AM

Younger people and women – moms in particular. These are people even Limbaugh doesn’t appeal to as much. My wife who’s not so political bought and is reading “Arguing with Idiots”. Never saw her reading that type of material before. The “mama bear” effect is what will put a stop to this collectivist insanity.

Right now, I think Beck is doing more than any other individual to slow and stop Obamunism. Sure he’s a little goofy, and I know the T. Coddington Van Voohees VII types can’t stand him, but too bad, he’s effective.

forest on October 2, 2009 at 7:58 AM

Beck reflects the frustration of the right’s fear of throwing punches. For so long we have endured watching our politicos cower and capitulate with the left in an effort to be nice.

Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, etc. realize that the left has been at war with us but we haven’t been at war with them. For once we’re actually fighting back!

GrayDog on October 2, 2009 at 7:59 AM

(such as his convoluted charge that Obama is a racist)

The implication is that Obama can’t be a racist somehow.

One of the Left’s biggest articles of faith is that minorities can’t be racists.

Why is that?

They will tell you that since minorities don’t have the power to enforce their racism, they can’t be racists.

This is load of crappola – the definition of racism doesn’t include any type of ‘power clause’ – you CAN be a racist whether you can do something about or not.

But for the sake of argument, let’s accept the Leftist’s illogic at face value.

Obama is arguably the most powerful person in the world,
Therefore he has the power to enforce his racism and so by the Left’s own ‘logic’ he CAN be a racist.

He judges people based on the color of their skin instead of the content of their character- that is RACISM.

Obama CAN be a Racist, by the Left’s own logic, and He IS a Racist.

Juno77 on October 2, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Did I miss it>>>but to WHOM IS THIS QUOTE ATTRIBUTED?

seejanemom on October 2, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, etc. realize that the left has been at war with us but we haven’t been at war with them. For once we’re actually fighting back!

GrayDog on October 2, 2009 at 7:59 AM

And not to ruffle too many feathers…..but HotAir mgmt seems to be in the “we don’t fight back camp”. You go to Dkos, DU, or Huffpo and it’s a free for all hate on all things non-liberal. But at HA, dare make a joke about Michelle’s weight and you’re on the bad boy list.

Politics is a bare knuckle, no rules, hit below the belt if you can sport. Too many conservatives unfortunately play it as if it were cricket.

angryed on October 2, 2009 at 8:09 AM

My worry about Beck is that he will turn on the conservatives someday if and when he thinks it will work for him. I just do not really trust the man.

I doubt that Beck paints himself into a corner labeled “conservative” whatever that means to so many different people. He’s as Libertarian as conservative, whatever either of those mean to whomever is arguing.

I doubt that Beck would “turn on” against himself. He may well be a good man, and his show may well serve a conservative cause. But no showman is without his own deceits, minor flaws or major. And conceit is indeed a flaw that good showmen possess, no matter how mild or wild their temperament.

We live in the era of complete deception.

What audiences need to cultivate within themselves is the clarifying discerning ear, to not simply hear what you want from what someone says, but to delve into what they want you to hear from what they are saying, to find what it is they intend for you to hear, in contrast to what they intend to hide from you, whatever it is that they don’t wish to disclose, the ultimate motivation for what it is they are saying.

No, morons need not infer that I’m calling Beck the Great Deceiver. Obama has the monopoly on that title. But to whatever extent a person has opportunity, every popular leader utilizes the deceit involved within personality cult. Denial of that would be deceptive.

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 8:10 AM

seejanemom on October 2, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Allahpundit’s quote of the day?
highlighted text links to Steven F. Hayword, Washington Post

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Get by the mannerisms. Beck is doing some of the finest investigative work being done today.

drjohn on October 2, 2009 at 8:14 AM

But at HA, dare make a joke about Michelle’s weight and you’re on the bad boy list.

angryed on October 2, 2009 at 8:09 AM

I haven’t heard Beck joke about Michelle Obama’s weight either, and if he did, he shouldn’t have. Those kinds of things are inappropriate, but more importantly, they aren’t effective. And whoever makes comments like that opens themselves up to marginalizing counter-attacks that are effective.

forest on October 2, 2009 at 8:17 AM

GrayDog on October 2, 2009 at 7:59 AM

Your right, Beck’s ridicule hits bullseye targets. The self righteous elitists can either take it or leave it. Regardless, Beck’s around for the long haul.

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Once upon a time there were the “loud-mouthed loons” Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine. We needed them, then. We need Glen Beck now.

pugwriter on October 2, 2009 at 8:18 AM

I have to laugh when critics try to make the case that Glenn Beck is into lunatic conspiracy theories….I’m sure there were people who thought it unimaginable that THE PRESIDENT would have sex with an intern in the Oval office, or that a PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE would cheat on his cancer stricken wife and ask a staffer to lie about fathering his child!

What’s the big leap to believe that our current administration is filled with communist wanna-be’s that plan to bleed America dry?? I have NO doubt that the Obama administration is going to make the Clinton administration look like a bunch of choirboys.

anniekc on October 2, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Terrye on October 2, 2009 at 7:14 AM

You obviously don’t follow Beck regularly.
Teddy Roosevelt was an early progressive, google “Square Deal”. I don’t recall Beck calling him “thug”, but I wouldn’t be to quick to compare myself to Roosevelt.

Conservatism will be better off with Obama than McCain. But this is an opinion as you are entitled to yours.

Don’t recall Beck ever calling for Bush’s impeachment.

Patriot Act is a dangerous thing, probably necessary, but I am more concerned with how Obama will abuse this. In fact, I have a feeling Obama may make us realize how dangerous the Patriot Act is.

He NEVER claimed responsibility for the Tea Parties and went to extra lengths to assure that they were NOT about him.
Beck is trustworthy, if you can understand where he’s been, you may have a little more trust in the man.

By the way, your argument about about Levins radio audience and Becks TV audience is comparing apples and oranges.

Becks radio show has 9 million listeners to Levins 6.25 Million.

chicagotrauma on October 2, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Weighty issues of weight.

Leave those to Leno or lecherous Letterman.

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 8:29 AM

chicagotrauma on October 2, 2009 at 8:19 AM

“Trust me” trustworthy lol

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Connecting the dots is not buying into conspiracy theories. If you don’t like the messenger, fine, but at least give the message a fair shake before you toss it aside.

~*~

Glenn is going to be in Providence tomorrow for a book-signing and I’ve already got a sitter set up. I hope getting there three hours early will be early enough!

Niere on October 2, 2009 at 8:35 AM

need to reread you history. Leftism has been around since the dawn of time just under different names. It is the belief that “our betters” no more and are better able to lead our lives then we are. the kings and queens, dukes and princes were the leftists dictators of the bygone age.

unseen on October 1, 2009 at 11:47 PM

I don’t know that I’d give Leftism the honor of so noble an origin. I think this guy was the first Leftist:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thersites

In Greek mythology, Thersites (Θερσίτης) was a rank-and-file soldier of the Greek army during the Trojan War. In the Iliad he does not have a father’s name, which suggests that he should be viewed as a commoner rather than an aristocratic hero.

Homer described him in detail in the Iliad, Book II, even though he plays only a minor role in the story. He is said to be bow-legged and lame and to have shoulders that cave inward. His head is covered in tufts of hair and comes to a point. Vulgar, obscene, somewhat dull-witted, he calls Agamemnon greedy and Achilles a coward, causing Odysseus to hit him with Agamemnon’s sceptre. Homer has much fun at his expense.

Thersites was venerated by Marxist literature in Soviet times.

venividivici on October 2, 2009 at 8:37 AM

women – moms in particular. These are people even Limbaugh doesn’t appeal to as much.
forest on October 2, 2009 at 7:58 AM

Limbaugh’s losing some audience to his competitors, naturally. I would agree with the women who find Limbaugh too full of himself and too riddled with general sexist ridicule at the expense of his audience of women.

I almost vomited the other day when the hysterical woman ranted on and on, “but YOU have the power, Rush, tell us what to do!” He knew he was taking a Princess Leah call to Obi-Wan Kenobi. His calculation to let her have her complete say, and to allow her to finish the hour proved a couple things.

1. He knows he must improve his on-air relations with women.
2. He’s willing to let women sound insane (proving his rationale for disdaining their general lack of “masculine” intelligence) so long as they absolutely adore him in the process.

The callers get screened. Rush had a pretty good idea what Pandora had in her box when he took her call. Otherwise, I’d note his courage for gambling that her rant wouldn’t backfire on air.

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 8:48 AM

All I can say about that post is a fervently intoned “Amen!” (Or in more modern internet parlance “+1″.)

{O.O}

herself on October 2, 2009 at 8:52 AM

There are many ways to skin a cat and Beck has found one that completely rips the skin off the progressive body.

rplat on October 2, 2009 at 8:56 AM

I almost vomited the other day when the hysterical woman ranted on and on, “but YOU have the power, Rush, tell us what to do!”

Well wipe up the vomit and steady yourself because this women energized a whole new segment of the population.

rplat on October 2, 2009 at 8:59 AM

venividivici on October 2, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Thersites. Some interesting turn of the 20th century characters from your link include Kenneth Burke, Thorstein Bunde Veblen, The New School NY 1919 and its 1933 graduate University in Exile. Thanks for that.

And if you’re considering the origin for spreading the wealth, don’t overlook Cain from Genesis amongst the early Leftists.

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 9:04 AM

because this women energized a whole new segment of the population.
rplat on October 2, 2009 at 8:59 AM

You should read more carefully. Like I said, Rush got a make-over, badly needed for ratings.

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 9:06 AM

You should read more carefully. Like I said, Rush got a make-over, badly needed for ratings.

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Oh please, I missed nothing you said . . . now, what’s your point

rplat on October 2, 2009 at 9:11 AM

But I do think that his number one concern is his ratings and he likes making outrageous comments to get attention. Going after Teddy Roosevelt and calling him a thug, or saying we are better off with Obama than McCain or saying the Patriot Act is a dangerous thing or calling for Bush’s impeachment or trying to take credit for the Tea Party marchers in DC as if the whole thing was his idea.. are all examples of Beck being self aggrandizing.

Beck has never done the last two of those things, and I fail to see how the first three demonstrate self aggrandizement. Everyone has an opinion, and he gets paid to express his.

Pablo on October 2, 2009 at 9:19 AM

The scary thing about Glenn Beck is he is right.

khacha on October 2, 2009 at 9:26 AM

1. He knows he must improve his on-air relations with women.
2. He’s willing to let women sound insane (proving his rationale for disdaining their general lack of “masculine” intelligence) so long as they absolutely adore him in the process.

The callers get screened. Rush had a pretty good idea what Pandora had in her box when he took her call. Otherwise, I’d note his courage for gambling that her rant wouldn’t backfire on air.

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Not sure what your point was in that post, but you’re WAY off base if you think Rush’s audience is primarily men, and you do need to suck up your vomit because even though the caller was close to losing it, she was able to articulate a panic in America that can only help us fight with more determination.

anniekc on October 2, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Compare/contrast Beck’s showmanship with Olbermann’s. Then ask which one has more facts at his disposal. Olbermann relies on empty outrage schtick that has no no depth nor factual support.

Hands down, Glenn Beck has opened a lot of minds, giving them plenty to think about. Research combined with now-that-I-have-your-attention delivery is a winning combination to attract people whose only source of information is television. Beck has honed the b*llsh*t detectors on many who sensed that something is wrong but who couldn’t put their fingers on what it is exactly.

I appreciate all of our conservative megaphones. Each has a role to get out the message. Their reach is expanding to formerly deaf ears… and that is good.

onlineanalyst on October 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM

“…a panic in America…”
anniekc on October 2, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Exactly right. That is the feeling.

publiuspen on October 2, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Beck Groupies!!!

mizflame98 on October 2, 2009 at 12:08 AM

Show us your…….M&M’s!
Yep, Beck Broad too.

HornetSting on October 2, 2009 at 12:09 AM

Aw Yeah!

mizflame98 on October 2, 2009 at 9:52 AM

And if you’re considering the origin for spreading the wealth, don’t overlook Cain from Genesis amongst the early Leftists.

maverick muse on October 2, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Another good early Leftist. The sad thing is that these people have gone from marginal figures to occupying seats of power. I still think that overall, Leftism is neither necessary nor sufficient for a durable society. You want a good 70-year run of drawing down your nation’s accumulated capital, a la the Soviet Union? Then Leftism is the perfect system for you. Even Europe will, within the next hundred years, run down the capital accumulated during its 500-year reign on the global stage, due to its softer, yet still destructive, form of Leftism.

venividivici on October 2, 2009 at 9:53 AM

I appreciate all of our conservative megaphones. Each has a role to get out the message. Their reach is expanding to formerly deaf ears… and that is good.

onlineanalyst on October 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Me too. And I hope Levin quits dissing Beck. It ain’t helping. We conservatives/libertarians are all on the same side against the blitzkrieg of Obamarxism.

Christian Conservative on October 2, 2009 at 10:01 AM

I also heard that woman who called into Rush’s show. Was she really close to “losing it”, or just so passionate about her views and worried about her 7 children and so frustrated the way things are going in her native California that she was crying out to Rush for help?

But in a way, that woman may become what she wants Rush to do–an outspoken, articulate advocate for what needs to be done for this country. Did Rush let her keep talking because he enjoyed the praise, or more likely was Rush thinking, “I couldn’t have said it better myself, let her talk”? I wouldn’t be surprised if Rush called her back later and suggested that she run for elected office…

As for Glen Beck, he’s doing what needs to be done, with his meticulous studies on the roots of liberalism, and exposing the radicals in the Obama Administration, complete with audio-visual aids on the blackboard and projection screen.

He should probably get rid of the crying, and not insult liberal callers (as does Mark Levin) but try to calmly reason with them about fact-based cause and effect, as I’ve heard Sean Hannity do sometimes.

It doesn’t always work, and sometimes the caller hangs up, but conservative talk-show hosts have two duties–inform those on their side about what is happening in government, but also try to win others to the cause, in order to form a voting majority. If they can reason with fence-sitters or liberals to convince them that conservatism works for THEM, they would contribute more constructively to “regime change” in the United States than by insulting liberal callers.

Steve Z on October 2, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Allahpundit is trying hard to like Beck but deep down knows the damage Beck is doing to Conservatism outside of Dittohead Land.

Beck is an actor who is using the most gullible to line his pockets with gold.

Decider on October 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Over at NRO, Steve Hayward clarifies why he didn’t mention Mark Levin in his article:

I’m already getting an avalanche of angry e-mails from Mark Levin fans complaining bitterly about the absence of any mention of him in my Post article, assuming (wrongly) that this oversight means I am critical or dismissive. I’m tempted to refer them to my favorite insider lightbulb joke: How many Straussians does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: None — the light is made conspicuous by its absence. Let me say it clearly here: Mark is a very bright light.

The omission of Levin from my piece is conspicuous, but was a combination of deliberation and space limitations. Mark is a special case, and I could have chosen him instead of Glenn Beck for my approving case study at the end, but I decided to go with Beck because he’s in everyone’s cross-hairs at the moment, and also because I don’t think Mark needs to learn anything from me. I think Liberty and Tyranny is an excellent book, exactly the kind of book we need that explains in a serious way how liberalism has unraveled the Constitution thread-by-thread.

But, would Liberty and Tyranny have sold over 1 million copies if the author were merely Mark Levin of the Landmark Legal Foundation rather than Mark Levin the national talk radio host? Doubtful I think. The same might be said of Joe Scarborough’s Last Best Hope, which you’d have never heard of if it was by merely a former Florida congressman.) Again, this is not a knock on Mark; I was delighted when the book shot out of the gate in the spring, taking it as a sign that that right-minded people around the country were perking up and wanted arguments. I hope it sells 5 million more copies. It reminded me of a sign in the late 1970s that the right was rousing itself — the surprise 1978 bestseller by former Treasury Secretary William Simon, A Time for Truth. But again, it wasn’t necessary for Simon to be a media figure for that book to become huge. Today being a media figure seems to be the pre-requisite; I doubt the equivalent of Simon’s book today would emerge the same way.

So, sorry Levin fans (and there are obviously others I could have mentioned and calibrated as well), but do not jump to the wrong conclusion here.

onlineanalyst on October 2, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Beck is an actor who is using the most gullible to line his pockets with gold.

And your evidence of this is…?

Pablo on October 2, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Glenn Beck is a hero.

Nobody else, including Hannity (God bless him as well), has been able to take down any of these criminals.

Beck has.

notagool on October 2, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Becks radio show has 9 million listeners to Levins 6.25 Million.

chicagotrauma on October 2, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Make that Levin’s 6,249,000. I got tired of listening to Levin eat our own and quit listening last week. Too bad, such an intelligent fellow to be so petty.

petefrt on October 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Read the whole article by the liberal tool.

His main complaint is that conservatism is unintellectual.

Yet he fails to mention the runaway best seller by Mark Levin.

Why is that?

Certainly, an intellectual as he obviously considers himself, would be aware of a #1 NY Times best seller, that just happens to make a serious and non-inflammatory conservative case.

It couldn’t be a lack of objectivity, could it?

Or to be inflammatory, why do these brain-washed drones even bother to put their adolescent thoughts on paper?

notagool on October 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM

I like what NRO’s Jay Nordlinger has to say about Rush Limbaugh, too.
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NWYyNjBhNWU2NzQ5ZWNhZThmZGYxY2ZiYmEwNjViMmM=

Conservatism has plenty of valid champions. Dont’ fall into the Left’s attempts to create dissension within our ranks.

onlineanalyst on October 2, 2009 at 11:02 AM

The scary thing about Glenn Beck is he is right.

khacha on October 2, 2009 at 9:26 AM

WOW! Clear, concise, and effective. You can always tell reality when it takes longer to describe it than to express it. Soooo, what are you running for? Because YOU are the person we need in office.

Blacksmith8 on October 2, 2009 at 11:17 AM

notagool on October 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM

That’s what I was thinking. I can think of several great conservative intellectuals that were conveniently left out to help fit the author’s narative of a brain dead conservative movement.

Two best selling works that spring to mind written in the last 2-3 years are Liberty and Tyranny and The Forgotten Man.

I can also think of several conservative pundits who were conviently left out such as Sowell, Krauthammer, Shleas, Levin among others.

I found the premise of this work deeply flawed. I’m glad someone else saw this as well.

jhffmn on October 2, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Conservatism has plenty of valid champions. Dont’ fall into the Left’s attempts to create dissension within our ranks.

onlineanalyst on October 2, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I see the grassroots GOP will continue to ride the Fox News/Talk Radio train to oblivion in the guise of hurting the so called “Liberal Media” and “Liberalism”.

If your goal is to make Beck, Limbaugh, Murdoch, Levin, Hannity, etc rich then you are accomplishing that goal. If your goal is the return the GOP to prominence as a legitimate second party to the Democrats then riding that train is not the way to do it.

If making those extremist rich is indeed the goal then so be it but do not think their misinformation and rhetoric is helping the GOP as a political party. Code Pink is a Left extreme organization also. Do you think they are helping the Democratic Party? Michael Moore is a Left extremist. Do you thin Michael Moore is helping the Democratic party?

Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are helping the GOP as much as Michael Moore and Code Pink are helping the Democratic Party; Not at all.

Rush Limbaugh is to the GOP as Michael Moore is to the Democratic Party.

Decider on October 2, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Also, I have observed statements and acts of racism in all races. But I’m not sure that Obama himself is racist, just that he was willing to tolerate the racist remarks of the Reverend Wright. Unfortunately, many people who aren’t bigots seem hesitant to confront bigotry in their families, friends or groups with whom they associate. It’s far easier to just go along with it.

Loxodonta on October 2, 2009 at 1:54 AM

Yes, and thank you for pointing out my lack of attention to detail.

I’m not one to hesitate calling out bigotry amongst family and friends. In my circle those that run off at the mouth with racist beliefs learned many years ago to STFU around me.

Perhaps this is why I’m sure Obama is a racist. Believing that he sat in Rev. Wrights congregation for 20 years and is not a racist is something I can’t by into. Would you believe I attended weekly KKK keg parties for 20 years, and was willing to tolerate the grand cyclop’s hate mongering just ’cause I love to swizzle brew?

Gang-of-One on October 2, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are helping the GOP as much as Michael Moore and Code Pink are helping the Democratic Party GOP; Not at all.

Decider on October 2, 2009 at 11:21 AM

I had to correct that comment before those words created some sort of temporal rift and sucked all of existance into the void.

jhffmn on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Oh and replace the Not at all with, a heck of a lot.

I think Moore was a big reason Bush won reelection in 2004.

jhffmn on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Oh and replace the Not at all with, a heck of a lot.

I think Moore was a big reason Bush won reelection in 2004.

jhffmn on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

That is my point. Michael Moore is a cancer to the Democratic Party. Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are a cancer to the GOP. Do you think Sean Hannity’s rants about Rev. Wright helped or hurt Obama?

Hint: Obama won.

Decider on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

“Their atheists, I guess.” comment where he described the senseless killing in Chicago by a gang of thugs the other day.

So… atheist = killer.

painesright on October 2, 2009 at 12:34 AM

If the shoe fits. Because you never hear about the nice, articulate, CLEAN group of teenage Christians who surround some kid and beat him to death with a stolen railroad tie.
 
Stop hitting the snooze alarm and go make some coffee. Ganging up on some kid and beating him to death is not Christian. The fact that you need that explained says more about you and your missing moral compass than it does about Glenn Beck.
 
btw: Your understanding of ‘hate speech’ needs work. You absolutely DO NOT have the right to not be offended on God’s green earth.

Blacksmith8 on October 2, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Glenn, Rush, Sarah — and Doctor Zero.

publiuspen on October 2, 2009 at 12:45 AM

The boss,MM, and Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, Tammy Bruce, The entire Cheney family, Mr. Rove, Mark Steyn, and even RS McCain (sometimes)

Blacksmith8 on October 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM

27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

PrincipledPilgrim on October 2, 2009 at 12:01 PM

I am a Glenn Back fan. He doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously, he does study his subject ad nauseum, and he helps to instruct. He would read Mark Levin, while I couldn’t see Mark Levin deigning to read him. Glenn will have on guests as varied as Pestritto, Bibi Netanyahu, Jonas Goldberg and Ted Nugent. Part of what I like about Glenn is that he acknowledges the variety of his audience and within the conservative movement, and doesn’t try to restrict it to just Christians, just card-carrying Republicans, just this group or that group. He does instruct, which is also why I love Mark Levin so much, too.

During the last R Primaries, Glenn made an effort to have as many of the R candidates on his show as would come – I found that to be very instructive, and it allowed me to put a face on each. As an example, Huckabee came across remarkably well there. When I went out later and did my homework, I found that I would never vote for the man, but it at least gave me somewhere to start from. No one else was doing that. And I never expect anyone to do my homework for me.

I find AP’s focus on Beck interesting, especially given that, at least early on, it was abundanly apparant that he loathed his style.

WraithRat on October 2, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Would you believe I wasn’t racist if I attended weekly KKK keg parties for 20 years, and was willing to tolerate the grand cyclop’s hate mongering just ’cause I love to swizzle brew?

Gang-of-One on October 2, 2009 at 11:23 AM

FIFM. Hopefully get this stuff down one of these days.

Gang-of-One on October 2, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Beck is doing the work the “mainstream” media should be doing…..Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, Acorn, SEIU, czars, the Obama connection to corrupt Chicago – I love his graphs, charts and the chart-board diagrams. I may not be “too well versed” in the political scene – but I can understand the “writing on the wall” of corruption via Glen Beck.

whatzit2u on October 2, 2009 at 2:27 PM

For all of your closeted Beck bashing, you are finally beginning to understand that he’s not an idiot by any means. Here is your problem. Your are suffering from the same prejudices that all people have, the weakness of trying to force square pegs into round holes. You know what you know, and assign what you know to what happens in front of you. “Beck cries so it HAS to be fake and “unmanly”, because it just can’t be sincere.” You don’t know how to process it any other way.
Then you complain about his wandering into conspiracy theories as a “debilitating dead-end” (Sorry not really sure what that means). Yet, more than once is conspiracy theories are proven to be fact. Which kind of makes them not theories anymore..? (Picture Beck’s quizzical face moment here)
Is hatred for corruption is what drives him away from the established parties. His distrust of the powerful, on either side, is also another driving force, and he is right.
Did you forget how all of Congress circled the wagons after the judge signed search warrant of William Jefferson’s office? How the “gang of whatever” continuously undermined the efforts of conservatives to stop the abuse of government? Have you not really gotten your head around the intertwining bundles of worms that is the Chicago Way of politics? (I think not)
A buddy of mine, a very intelligent,who doesn’t like Beck, emailed me the other day asking where he has to go to get his “tin hats”. Apparently, the Valerie Jarrett/Chicago Way/Olympic land deal thing finally got to him. He followed the evidence (as all former organized crime detectives do) and ended up standing next to Beck. He was not pleased. It’s hard to dismiss someone who is standing right next to you.

I’ll get that web address for the tin hats and send it to you later.

http://truthandcommonsense.com/2009/10/02/hotair-dealing-with-glenn-beck-watching-them-trying-to-get-it-right/

archer52 on October 2, 2009 at 5:35 PM

I don’t know if Beck believes everything he says. I don’t think he is a Rhodes scholar. I don’t think he gets everything right.

However, he is two things. Effective and a hard worker. And he sure isn’t a Rockefeller Republican.

He didn’t break the ACORN or Van Jones stories but he pushed them and it was largely Beck who made those stories to big to ignore.

jpmn on October 2, 2009 at 11:28 PM

I’ve tried watching Beck a couple of times and found him to be too clownish in his approach, although I thought he was right on the positions he took. I was put off when he had John Bolton on and seemed more intent on doing Looney Tunes impressions than having a serious conversation. I would have been put off. I have a similar problem with O’Reilly.

But this piece has convinced me that I need to start watching Beck. I don’t think we’re going to get the world to read “Liberal Fascism” but a popular show that teaches the intellectual underpinnings of conservatism and the dangerous history of statism is really badly needed.

flataffect on October 2, 2009 at 11:41 PM

Glenn Beck has people tuning in and talking, starting to get involved, he seems to rouse something to the everyday Joe. it’s sometimes informative, and entertaining.If it takes the likes of a Glenn Beck to get people off their butts isn’t that a good thing?

phillyrepub on October 3, 2009 at 5:23 AM

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