Conservatives Turn on Glenn Beck

September 24, 2009 at 7:07 pm | Posted in American politics | 5 Comments

He’s getting too weird for them. Much like W. Cleon Skousen of old, who also jumped the shark into really weird stuff, Beck has pushed too many buttons. Mark Levin escalates his attacks on Beck:

Levin quickly escalated the tone of his criticism against Beck. “Have you no sense of your own history?” he said, addressing Beck. “This is why you refuse to consider yourself a conservative! Still searching around in the dark, in the shadows, trying to figure out who you are and who we should be. Some of us know who we are and what we must be! And we also know where we must go!” Then Levin took a personal jab at Beck:

LEVIN: If you’re not going to be politically sensible and have a strategy and have an end-game, you’ll keep winding up on weekly magazines, you’ll keep making a lot of money, but in the end you won’t make a difference.


Then post modern conservatives are turning on him too:

A word about Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck is the worst. But why? Not so much because of who he distrusts or why. From where I’m standing, Beck is so awful because he theatrically combines and conflates performances of ultimate sincerity with performances of ultimate sarcasm. I think this is a telltale sign of a soul disordered by a confusion of love, power, and resentment. It becomes impossible, in such a person, to tell quite where their selfless solidarity, their egotism, and their hatred borne of weakness begin or end. And the titillating quality of this unstable charisma is precisely what they latch onto and exploit to become less a famous person than a famous happening. Their individual being becomes incidental to the phenomenon they represent. They actually corrode or dissolve their own identity in order to experience some hugeness that seems impossible to experience as a normal, integral human being. Any actual pomocon looks on that kind of allure as troublesome and dangerous, and the kind of person in thrall to it as no pomocon.

There is a price to pay for getting into the world of politics and being fairly ignorant of history and facts. It would be better for Beck to get back to being a DJ of a morning show.


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  1. Well, Glenn Beck truly is over the top…..

  2. How about some context Daniel:

    In an interview with Katie Couric, Fox News pundit Glenn Beck said John McCain would have been a worse president for this country than Barack Obama. As ThinkProgress reported, Beck’s comments generated an angry response from right-wing radio host Mark Levin, who called Beck “mindless,” “incoherent,” and “pathetic.”

    In truth, Levin was attacking Beck for attacking McCain. Levin is towing the Republican party line, while Beck is not. You should be praising Beck for attacking McCain. Beck is right. McCain would have made a lousy president. I am glad that Obama beat him. McCain is an out of touch old man who voted with GWB over 90% of the time.

  3. Chris,

    Yes, Levin is attacking Beck for his critique of McCain, which of course is fairly spot on. I don’t question how right Glenn Beck is about issues. He’s obviously not a full blown liar. His method is reprehensible, and he does lie, though. Take, from that same interview, him trying to explain liberalism. In defending his previous life as liberal, he equated it to being an alcoholic drunk. What a dumbass.

  4. I don’t think Glenn cares what Mark Levin thinks or says. He has freely admitted that he was an ass before he was sober. To really get a feeling of him and what he is like you need to listen to him on the radio. He is hilarious. He stumbled into politics because of 9/11. He was just starting a new job and his show was to be comedy. He reads many books and proclaims to be self educated. The books he recomends are good. Plus he always says “don’t take me at my word–do your own research.”

  5. Jennifer,

    I’m not sure you know much about Glenn Beck’s history. I recommend you read this, this three part biography on his life. He didn’t stumble into politics thanks to 9/11. He’s been itching to get into politics since 1998. He’s a radio clown. He was a morning zoo DJ from the 80s. That’s his talent. To entertain people on the radio. Sadly he thought he could do the same in the world of politics, pretending to be both taken seriously and to be considered a rodeo clown. But the world of politics is far more vicious, both in terms of his attempts at entertainment, and at the pushback against him. You simply cannot go around and say the president has a “deep seated hatred for white people” and not expect vicious negative pushback.

    Oh, and his books are pieces of crap.

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