Kevin Williamson, in the course of spanking Yahoo News for not looking up National Review’s long-standing opinion on pot*, finishes up with a nice pit of Parthian snark:
Likewise, there are those who apparently are surprised that in the case of homosexuals vs. Russians who wish to put them into ovens, Glenn Beck has taken the side of the homosexuals. If that is surprising to you, you really need to get out more.
I note this not because it’s significant now, but because it might be interesting later. Judging from the guy’s Twitter feed, Ochocinco seems like the kind of person who isn’t shy about expressing his opinions; and right now it looks like all the shouting is just encouraging Ochocinco to finish the book (which he is reasonably enough finding interesting, even if he doesn’t actually agree with all of it). Assuming that he likes Beck’s book, or even finds it interesting, Ochocinco may talk about this later in a more public forum*, and in the process probably say something about Glenn Beck that will not be semantically equivalent to “Glenn Beck is the spawn of Satan.”
[Shirley] Sherrod may be the only official ever dismissed because of the fear that Fox host Glenn Beck might go after her. As Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tried to pressure her into resigning, Sherrod says Deputy Undersecretary Cheryl Cook called her Monday to say “do it, because you’re going to be on ‘Glenn Beck’ tonight.”
I don’t watch Beck, myself – I got nothing against him, particularly, but I don’t need him as an information source – but the above is an excellent point. It’s not particularly the GOP’s problem that the Democrats disliked actually having a super-majority, particularly since it meant that fourteen years’ worth of wild-eyed promises to the Left suddenly came due. It’s also not particularly our problem that the progressives are increasingly unable to pretend that their party top leadership cares for them for longer than it takes the check to clear. We will, however, be happy to solve their problems for them, in our own little way.
Supposedly enough of one to steal his schtick, according to Jake Tapper (who is merely passing along what he has been told, mind you). So why is the interim White House Communications Director suggesting that she’s ripping off a man who is one of the most legendary devil figures in liberal mythology? The man who the Left has built its two favorite stories – the ‘Southern Strategy’ and Willie Horton – around? The man who was so hated that Larry Beinhart wrote a best-selling novel that had him reach beyond the grave to start the first Gulf War?
Because it’s still better than Anita Dunn admitting that Mao Tse Tung really is one of her two favorite political philosophers.
I’d like to make it clear: Dunn really was using Mao as an example of how you have to do what you’re going to do, and make sure that you don’t let other people run your life for you. Or, as my (much more apolitical) wife just put it: “Anita Dunn made Mao sound like a cheap inspirational figure, when the guy was a menace.” Seventy. MILLION. Murdered.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) I can’t say that I blame them if they don’t, but surely if HuffPo’s own Peter Dreier can feverishly and masochistically [verb deleted in the interests of good taste] to the thought of the Evil VRWC coming to get him, surely they can let Glenn Beck use a Niemoller reference wrt Fox News. I mean, fair’s fair: either HuffPo shouldn’t do it either, or else Glenn Beck can. Whining about the latter emulating the former’s example seems… goofy.
I mean, show some professional pride, guys. I understand that you’re not paid to think, but try not to make the rest of us look bad, OK?
When the Nation – the Nation! – calls him the Whiner-in-Chief. Instapundit has more, including links to the front line of the administration’s War Against Fox. And along those lines, this bit (via Hot Air) of Glenn Beck is pretty much an instant classic:
It’s a marvelous day when you can use toy tanks and helicopters on national television to demonstrate just how silly your opponents are being.
“For Glenn Beck to devote 45 minutes of his show to ACORN and Van Jones says more about his news judgment than mine,” said Dean Baquet, Washington bureau chief of the New York Times.
Given that it can be safely assumed that Glenn Beck viewers were not surprised at either the Van Jones resignation or the Senate’s defunding of ACORN, and that it can be assumed that many New York Times readers were surprised – which, to be blunt (and cruel) about it, means that the former were better informed than the latter – well, put it any way that you like, Baquet. You’re still suffering from the comparison.