There's really no point commenting on Sarah Palin's short piece on Glenn Beck for Time's "Leaders" feature, but humor me while I post a few quotes:
"Glenn's like the high school government teacher so many wish they'd had, charting and connecting ideas with chalk-dusted fingers -- kicking it old school..."
-- Kicking it old school? Did Palin outsource this one to a 14-year-old? And if Beck's a teacher, he'd fit in best at a Cambodian re-education camp, I think. We remember Jon Stewart's utter dismantling of Beck and his chalkboard, do we not?
"Glenn, 46, tackles topics other news shows would regard as arcane."
-- You know, like from when people thought the earth was flat. And of course he does it all with an ignorance one can only call medieval.
"Consider his desire to teach Americans about the history of the progressive movement: he's doing to progressive what Ronald Reagan did to liberal -- explaining that it's a damaged brand."
-- If Palin dislikes progressiveness so much, she should give up her right to vote and send her kids off to work 16-hour days at a factory in Manchester.
"His love of the Founding Fathers inspires others to learn and respect our nation's history."
-- This is where I wish I could pull in the Founding Fathers and have them give Beck and Palin a smackdown, like Woody Allen did in Annie Hall with Marshall McLuhan.
"Best of all, Glenn delights in driving the self-proclaimed powers-that-be crazy."
-- Sure, because it's impossible to engage rationally with him. And how are you supposed to have any sort of meaningful interaction with someone who essentially denies reason?
"Even his critics (whom he annihilates in ratings) have to admire his amazing ability to galvanize everyday Americans to better themselves and peacefully engage their government."
-- Well, he does do very well, that's true, but there's nothing I admire about him. Galvanizing people by adding to their abject ignorance and bigotry isn't anything admirable.
And that goes for Palin, too.
By the way, if you'll indulge me, this has been quite a week for Republican craziness. Over at my blog, The Reaction, we frequently hand out "Craziest Republican/Conservative of the Day" awards. Here are several from the past few days:
-- Duncan Hunter (for saying American citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants should be deported);
-- Pat Bertroche (for saying that illegal immigrants should be microchipped);
-- Kristia Cavere (for saying that it was Republicans who liberated Europe during WWII); and
-- Leo Berman (for saying that Obama is "God's punishment on us").
This is the new normal in the GOP, which now, with few exceptions, occupies a narrow ideological sliver on the right. It's a party of draconian anti-immigrant laws in Arizona and draconian anti-abortion laws in Oklahoma (and Arizona as well). It's a party that feeds off anger, fear, and ignorance, a party to which deporting American citizens actually seems like a great idea. It's a party that idolizes Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.
Hopefully voters will remember this in November.
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