Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Levin contra Beck

By Michael J.W. Stickings

You know you've got problems when even Mark Levin, whose extremist side you seem to be on, thinks you're "mindless," "incoherent," and "pathetic."

And, yes, this is like the pot calling the kettle black.

Still, it does seem that conservatives -- some of them (if not many of them, as most are either still with him or not coming out against him, for whatever reason(s)) -- are slowly turning on Glenn Beck. For some, his crazy brand of paranoid anti-government libertarianism mixed with emotional moralism just isn't their cup of conservative tea. For others, his paranoid, emotionally moralistic public persona just isn't to their liking. Still others surely just think he's bad for conservatism, and bad for them. And there is no doubt much overlap.

Whatever the case, Beck is still wildly popular on the right and will likely remain so for some time. I just find it all quite amusing that Beck has gone so far as to turn some of his own kind against him.

Conservatives, not to mention Republicans, would do well to demand higher standards of themselves. I'm just not sure that Levin, who resides in the gutter, has much of a leg to stand on.

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