Has Glenn Beck Finally Fallen Off His Rocker?

glenn beckGlenn Beck has always been something of a character. From his frequent cry fests to his insistence on food storage to his chalkboard -- the man has always been a little bit zany (bless his heart) and slightly apoplectic.

So of course the 2012 election cycle is going to bring out a bit of extra, shall we say, enthusiasm from the Beckster. A self-proclaimed Constitutionalist, Glenn has made his living by pointing out some of the shadier aspects of politics and how our politicians don’t always follow the principles laid out in our founding document.

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Recently, Mr. Beck caused quite the ruckus by not only slamming current GOP darling Newt Gingrich on his progressive politics, but also by saying that Tea Partiers must be racist if they support him over Obama.

In an appearance on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Fox Business Show, Beck said:

If you have a big government progressive, or a big government progressive in Obama ... ask yourself this, Tea Party: Is it about Obama’s race? Because that’s what it appears to be to me. If you’re against him but you’re for this guy, it must be about race. I mean, what else is it? It’s the policies that matter.

I’ve never considered Newt a big-time conservative, but to say that his policies are on par with Obama’s is just plain nutty. Even more bizarre is Beck’s characterization of anyone involved with the Tea Party movement that supports Newt as a racist. You’d think a man that has ridden the Tea Party wave to fame and fortune would have more sense than that.

He’s since defended his remarks and claimed that he’d vote for a third-party candidate Ron Paul before voting for Newt. Third party. For Ron Paul. Let’s digest this bit of insanity piece by piece. 

First off, voting third party in the 2012 general election is a vote for President Obama, plain and simple. Glenn Beck has spent more than three years denouncing Obama’s liberal policies; why would he throw his vote away on a third-party candidate? Newt surely can’t be as bad as another four years of President Spends-a-Lot.

Secondly ... Ron Paul? Ron Paul is the candidate conservatives want to like, but just can’t when he starts talking about a border fence being used to keep Americans from leaving the country, or how Israel declares war by defending itself. Given that Beck has been a staunch supporter of Israel over the years, this particular aspect of his Paul love-fest is head scratching indeed.

I have no idea what’s going on with Glenn Beck, but he’s going to have to bail on the crazy train and hitch a ride back to reality if he wants to maintain any credibility with the conservative crowd.

 

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