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Glenn Beck is Not A Fad

Totally "he said she said"

New York Times conservative columnist Ross Douthat attended the Restoring Honor Rally and wrote a column on it that must've really unnevered the opinion editor, who was undoubetly forced to choose between that and the letters to the editor detailing "eyewitness" accounts from "readers" like Daureen Moud and Kaul Prugman, who saw Beck turn into a dragon and forced everyone to repent or face the hellfire clamoring for release from his demonically conservative gullet.

You can read the piece here, or you can see the concluding paragraphs, which give a pretty good idea of the direction it went in.

In a sense, Beck’s “Restoring Honor” was like an Obama rally through the looking glass. It was a long festival of affirmation for middle-class white Christians — square, earnest, patriotic and religious. If a speaker had suddenly burst out with an Obama-esque “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” the message would have fit right in.

But whereas Obama wouldn’t have been Obama if he weren’t running for president, Beck’s packed, three-hour jamboree was floated entirely on patriotism and piety, with no “get thee to a voting booth” message. It blessed a particular way of life without burdening that blessing with the compromises of a campaign, or the disillusioning work of governance.

For a weekend, at least, Beck proved that he can conjure the thrill of a culture war without the costs of combat, and the solidarity of identity politics without any actual politics. If his influence outlasts the current election cycle, this will be the secret of his success.

I know Douthat has some pretty impressive credentials, but this is supposed to pass for the conservative voice at the Times? I guess over there conservative = "medicated liberal."

Douthat was ALMOST there wasn't he? But like Biden holding a flash card of when television was really invented...

...he completely misses the point about Glenn Beck's mission. He's not trying to be the conservative Michael Moore (as stated near the beginning of his column). He's fighting for ideals that are more univeral and enduring than the result of any one election.

I don't know, he writes for the most liberal rag in the country, so maybe he's just trying to speak to them slowly...

What was it like Ross!?! Why did they look so clean? Did they bathe in the reflecting pool beforehand?

Were there minorites there? What special effects did they use to hide their chains?

Did they camp out the night before or did they claw they're way out of the dirt the morning of?

When did they sacrifice the progressive virgins? Was that off-air?

...and dumb down the column in terms that even a Manhattan liberal can understand...

And what about the "progressive virgins" crack?

By the way, I want to apologize for not knowing of a good web-safe font to communicate "idiot" for the above questions.

The bottom line is this, Beck is the 21st century Paul Revere, not for the political world...for the spiritual one. Fighting for God in our hearts isn't the fad that tub Michael Moore turned out to be, it is SO MUCH MORE than that, and I hope Douthat knew this and was just being forced to play to his audience.

via Memeorandum