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The Spot-On Quote Of The Day…

14 December 2011 @ 09:51

…is awarded to Stacy McCain for his dead-on-accurate comments on Glenn Beck and his recent statements:

While I have defended Beck against his critics in the past, his recent antics certainly lend credence to the claims of those critics who call him a "rodeo clown." I perfectly understand his assertion that Gingrich and Obama are different flavors of progressivism, but to say that the only reason Tea Party voters support Gingrich is racism? C’mon: That’s ridiculously irresponsible.

While I am not a model of dispassionate discourse, Beck’s emotionalism makes him a dangerous political ally. It is difficult to distinguish between his principles and his mood.


Andrew Patrick offers some further thoughts over at his new joint:

…He has adopted the Garafalo argument, hook line and sinker, for no better reason than to needlessly disparage those who might favor Newt Gingrich for the GOP nomination. Principled conservatives can argue over whether Gingrich is really one of us or not. But to pretend that his proposed policies differ in no significant way from Obama’s is to argue something demonstrably false. Gingrich may not be a Tea Partier; he cannot be an Obama Democrat.

That Beck has so tiresomely elided these differences indicates how erratic a tribune he has become.

Glenn Beck, indeed, has been a modern Tribune of the people and has done much good.

One has to to wonder if the influence Mr. Beck has amassed [most of which is well-earned] has gone to the man’s head. Also, perhaps the fact that he is going blind has unbalanced him.

Whatever it is, it is sad because Glenn Beck has been an effective warrior in our struggle against the Leftists.

I am reminded of the poignant case of Founding Father James Otis:

Originally politically based in the rural Popular Party, Otis effectively made alliances with Boston merchants so that he instantly became a patriot star after the controversy over the writs of assistance. He was elected by an overwhelming margin to the provincial assembly a month later. Otis subsequently wrote several important patriotic pamphlets, served in the assembly and was a leader of the Stamp Act Congress. He also was friends with Thomas Paine, the author of Common Sense.

Otis suffered from increasingly erratic behavior as the 1760s progressed. Otis received a gash on the head by British tax collector John Robinson’s cudgel at the British Coffee House in 1769. Some mistakenly attribute Otis’s mental illness to this event, but it has been shown to be unrelated by Wroth and Zobel. John Adams has several examples in his diary of Otis’s mental illness well before 1769. By the end of the decade, Otis’s public life largely came to an end. Some believe Otis was a manic depressive or schizophrenic and that his illness could be successfully treated today. Otis was able to do occasional legal practice during times of clarity.


  1. 14 December 2011 @ 10:27 10:27

    Thanks for the hit up. The allusion to James Otis will have me going back to my Letters on the Revolution. Most people would have gone for the obvious Benedict Arnold reference. Salutations.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      14 December 2011 @ 11:04 11:04

      You’re quite welcome. Godspeed with the new blog.

      I don’t think Mr. Beck has betrayed us; I really do think there’s something wrong with him.

  2. 14 December 2011 @ 11:02 11:02

    I still want to know why Beck didn’t make the same charge against Republicans who support Mitt, his fellow Mormon.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      14 December 2011 @ 11:05 11:05

      Interesting, eh?

  3. 14 December 2011 @ 14:13 14:13

    That’s a good point ThePaganTemple. Linked ya Bob –

    Great post!

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      16 December 2011 @ 17:33 17:33

      Thanks, Tere.

  4. indy jones permalink
    14 December 2011 @ 14:35 14:35

    I suspect Beck would support Romney over Gingrich in the same manner that blacks would support Obama. The GOP has a problem that could well divide the party in two. The Romney, Gingrich, McCain, Pawlenty, Bush, Lugar GOP is dying because it is no different than the democratic party. It is never more than one or two elections removed from the democratic platform political stance. The only candidate I can see that is different enough from this bullshit is Ron Paul. On occasion his statements can drive you up the wall but the more I hear from him the more I find him to be the only worthwhile republican with enough political support that will make Obama a rejected candidate and have the ideas to lead us out of the wilderness. If not Paul I am going to support a third party….screw the rinos.

    • Adobe Walls permalink
      14 December 2011 @ 22:03 22:03

      That’ll show’em.

  5. Rosalie permalink
    14 December 2011 @ 18:13 18:13

    Beck’s always been a bit of an oddball, but he’s done a lot of good and he’s been right a lot of times. However, this time he’s wrong and he should apologize for saying something that dumb.

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