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I categorically and unequivocally disagree with this assessment of Glenn Beck.
On the principal issues of the war on terror such as the prosecutions of CIA officers, missile defense in the Czech Republic and Poland, backing of the state of Israel, supporting freedom in Cuba, Honduras and Latin America, McCain is and would have been 100% spot on.
On the domestic front, I believe Gov. Palin's presence would have tempered his views, although for the record we would have gotten constitutionalist judges, a culture of life agenda and a pro-growth programs in terms of tax cuts and spending.
Beck should do well to alter his criticisms of the great Theodore Roosevelt, as well, who for all his faults is on Mount Rushmore and served the Republic in the most gallant form imaginable.
Mark Levin rebuts:
Beck’s opinion elicited a fierce and angry response from right-wing radio host Mark Levin yesterday. “To say [McCain] would be worse is mindless, mindless, incoherent as a matter of fact,” Levin said on his radio show. He then suggested Beck is playing politics: “I don’t know who people are playing to. I don’t know why they’re playing to certain people.”
Levin never mentions Beck by name (he refers to Beck as “the 5 pm’er” because Beck’s show airs at 5 pm on Fox News). He concluded with this final dig at Beck:
I think there’s enormous confusion and positioning and pandering. It may be entertaining, but from my perspective, it’s not. It’s pathetic.
Beck is causing consternation for many right wingers these days. Peter Wehner, a former political adviser to President Bush, recently wrote that Beck is “harmful to the conservative movement” because he’s “erratic,” “bizarre,” and is too interested in “conspiracy theories.” And Rush Limbaugh recently suggested to Politico that Beck’s role in promoting the 9/12 protest was “cheap and disingenuous.”
Raw Story notes that, this morning, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough expressed disdain for Fox News’ Glenn Beck. “You cannot preach hatred. You cannot say the president is racist. You cannot say things that have very deadly consequences. I was in Congress in 1995. I know where this can end,” said Scarborough.