It’s a very rare day when you’ll see me talk about Glenn Beck, let alone agree with him. After all, the guy was booted from Fox News. If your act is too crazy for Fox, that says a lot about the people you’re trying to attract.
That’s right, I said it was an act. Glenn Beck and his former colleagues at Fox News, along with many other media pundits across the political spectrum, will say and do whatever it takes in order to keep up the ratings and the cash flow that comes with them.
This latest outburst aimed squarely at Republicans in Congress seeks to capitalize on the discontent many right-wing Republicans have with Speaker Boehner and others in the GOP. All you have to do to witness this anger directed toward them is to visit Speaker Boehner’s Facebook page. In between comments from people like myself giving him and his social media team a hard time, you’ll also find plenty of angry, ALL CAPS rants from the Republican and Libertarian fringes asking why he hasn’t impeached President Obama, audited the Federal Reserve or thrown Hillary Clinton in prison – just to name a few of the demands I frequently see posted over there.
Here’s a summary of Beck’s statement via Politico:
“I’ve made my decision – I’m out. I’m out of the Republican Party,” Beck said on his radio show. “I am not a Republican; I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I’m out. I highly recommend – run from the Republican Party. They are not good.”
Beck’s apparent frustration lies with the GOP’s inability to defeat President Obama’s actions on health care and immigration, as well as the establishment wing’s opposition to insurgent senators like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.
“They ran and they said they were doing all of these great things and they were going to stand against Obamacare and illegal immigration – they set us up,” Beck said. “They set us up. Enough is enough. They’re torpedoing the Constitution and they’re doing it knowingly. They’re taking on people like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and they are torpedoing them. Knowingly.”
“So I’m done with them,” Beck continued. “Four years ago, I was with them. Four years ago, I said work from the inside: let’s change it. Let’s get new guys in there. It’s too late.” (Source)
The reasons why Glenn Beck is “done with them” are certainly different from the reasons I walked away from the Republican Party 15 years ago. It’s not that I support Mike Lee, Ted Cruz or any of the other conservative libertarian politicians, but there are enough people who listen to the words of the former rodeo clown that perhaps this will help drive a deeper wedge into the divide between establishment Republicans and the libertarian/tea party wing of the GOP.
Glenn Beck knows that there is a lot of anger and resentment in the party mainstream and on the fringes toward Republicans who have a majority in both the House and Senate, yet can’t govern their way out of a wet paper bag. He’s playing to that, and it could be good for liberals and progressives if it creates dissent in the ranks of Republican voters.
After all, the GOP has spent a lot of resources encouraging apathy in liberals and progressives and it’s shown over the last few Congressional elections. Time and time again they’ve repeated the message that “your vote doesn’t matter” and “both parties are the same” as they’ve tried to either convince us not to vote, or to join the Libertarian Party. Glenn Beck’s message is almost certainly another stunt to keep his ratings up and viewers loyal, but anything that splinters the party I grew up in is just fine by me.
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