On his radio show today, Glenn Beck claimed that the Republican Party is out to politically assassinate him, Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann. Beck asked, “Anyone who talks about freedom, or is a real wild card that could hurt the party, are they being politically assassinated at this point?”
Here is the audio fromMedia Matters:
Beck said, “May I just, I mean they’re going to call me a conspiracy theorist, but let’s go on a little conspiracy here, and I don’t claim to know what it is, and maybe it’s all coincidental, but I don’t believe in coincidence. I think there’s something happening with the Republicans and the right that is disturbing. There was a time when Republicans and the right if you will didn’t mind the Tea Party. They used them as fuel, but if you’ll notice Michele Bachmann is now enemy number one. Michelle Bachmann is being discredited like I haven’t seen before, and they’ve tried for a while, but like I haven’t seen before. Even those in Congress are distancing themselves from the Tea Party and the caucus, and you can make excuses and maybe some of them are valid, maybe. “
He floated his conspiracy theory that the GOP was out to politically assassinate himself, Bachmann and Palin, “Sarah Palin has always been pilloried by the left, but have you noticed the right and how she’s being pilloried? The same with me. The same with CPAC. Are decks being cleared? Is it just a coincidence, or is the 2012 presidential election raising its head now, and anyone who talks about freedom, or is a real wild card that could hurt the party, are they being politically assassinated at this point?”
Although he brings the Tea Party, Bachmann and Palin into this as his freedom lifeboat, Beck is really upset about establishment Republican Bill Kristol’s recent attacks against him.
In The Weekly Standard, Kristol took aim at Beck’s Egypt conspiracy theories, “Now, people are more than entitled to their own opinions of how best to accomplish that democratic end. And it’s a sign of health that a political and intellectual movement does not respond to a complicated set of developments with one voice.
But hysteria is not a sign of health. When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He’s marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s.
Nor is it a sign of health when other American conservatives are so fearful of a popular awakening that they side with the dictator against the democrats. Rather, it’s a sign of fearfulness unworthy of Americans, of short-sightedness uncharacteristic of conservatives, of excuse-making for thuggery unworthy of the American conservative tradition.
Kristol then appeared on Fox News last night to reiterate his attacks against Glenn.
Beck’s only defense against being called a hysterical Bircher is to claim that the establishment Republicans are trying to politically assassinate anyone who talks about “freedom.” He then refers to himself and the Gang of Four (Bachmann, Palin, Tea Party, Beck) as “wild cards” which is supposed to appeal to the renegade visions of the Tea Party types who are also drawn to Palin for her “going rogue” spunk. Others call it rabid craziness.
The fact of the matter is that Beck is losing ratings and advertisers, which has made him vulnerable to criticism from the establishment. Over the past two years, old guard Republicans couldn’t do or say much about Beck because he had the ratings, the voting audience, in his back pocket. As evidence of the tail wagging the dog in the GOP, one need only witness Rush Limbaugh’s power over the party and recall watching various Republicans lick Rush’s toes after daring to disagree with some outrageous thing he’s said.
Unless Beck can get his audience back, he should prepare for more criticism from the old guard Republicans which may lead to a dangerous fissure within the GOP as the Tea Party may take their patriot costumes to a real third party if their heroes continue to be “politically assassinated” by the Republicans.
This party has just begun, so buckle up for the fun house ride. Watching Glenn Beck brought down by his own party will be nothing short of pure joy, though we should never forget what cowards the Republicans have been in regards to their hysterical Birchers and that it took Beck losing ratings for them to speak up against his hate mongering and paranoia. The Republicans sold their soul to the devil of hate and fear a long time ago for votes. The inevitable divide the crazies are costing the GOP is simply delayed justice.