I just had to watch Glenn Beck here in the 11 AM Pacific Hour, because some in the right-wing Twitterverse were all abuzz about a “big announcement.”
Beck complained about accusations that he is a McCarthyist, because he’s “not a Senator” and doesn’t have subpoena power, which of course is utterly true and utterly beside the point as he and the rest of the right continue their smear campaigns. Beck and the right have decided to repeat ad nauseam that there is some kind of secret “socialist” agenda at work by defining those who disagree with him as commies or whatever, so his crocodile tears are pretty transparent.
Beck then gave a rambling, nearly twenty minute speech in which he essentially compared Washington, D.C. to the swine flu and called for a “quarantine” of the city. I use the qualifier “essentially” because Beck goes all over the place in his little talks, earnestly professing his love for country and insisting that it’s not about partisanship, when in fact Beck has become the de facto leader of the kind of insane right wing partisanship that was last dominate when Bill Clinton was president.
It was all pretty awesome, with Beck standing in front of a big-screen graphic as the swine-flu-corruption disease spread across a map of the U.S, with Beck asking the computer controller to go back and start at the beginning of the outbreak for dramatic effect. He’s standing in front of a graphic! OMG!
Beck really wasn’t clear about his proposed “quarantine” of the seat of government, although at one point he seemed to be repeating something like “nothing in, no legislation out.” So it appears he’s not actually calling for a physical quarantine of D.C. Whew!
Then Beck moved into something of an Elmer Gantry act, promising redemption to members of both parties who would expose corruption, and asking for 56 “re-Founders” of the Republic, the same number as originally signed the Declaration of Independence. I’d imagine he might just get that number, seeing there are at least that number of far-right Republicans left in Congress who would likely have no compunction about hitching their wagon up to Beck.
Beck hit the corruption theme hard, naming mostly Democrats and liberal organizations but also at least one Republican. Beck promised his viewers (always leave them wanting more!) that on Monday he would tell members of Congress how to become a re-Founder, and promising to forgive members if they did the right thing. It’s a fascinating amalgam of populist rhetoric, Christian-like redemption talk and high-tech blinky lights that Beck uses.
Oh, it’s worth noting that Beck delivered his emotional appeal against corruption on the Rubert Murdoch-owned Fox Noise Channel, on the day that the 9-12 event Beck created was being sponsored by the following earnest grass roots organizations: (admittedly selective list, you can click through to see all of them)
National Taxpayers Union
The Club for Growth
The Ayn Rand Center
Americans for Tax Reform
Senate Conservatives Fund
So yeah, corruption is bad, Glenn. Definitely bad.