Yesterday I mentioned that maniacal right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones doesn’t like Glenn Beck. When the goddamn 9/11 Truthers are complaining that you’re sabotaging their credibility, that’s got to sting just a bit. But crazy old Alex Jones ain’t the only stark-raving-mad conservative to disown Glenn Beck.
On his radio show yesterday, Mark Levin took after Beck for an interview Beck gave Katie Couric in which he said that Barack Obama is a better president than John McCain would have been, because McCain is “this weird progressive like Theodore Roosevelt was.”
Levin ripped Beck’s nuts off for being “mindless” and “incoherent” in suggesting McCain would have been worse than Obama, whom Levin has called a “Stalinist,” but I have my own problems with what Beck said (while not disputing “mindless” and “incoherent,” certainly). Like, now Teddy Roosevelt was a bad president? Teddy Roosevelt? I am not a Republican, but if I were, I wouldn’t be giving interviews burying one of the greatest chief executives ever elected from my party — there just aren’t too many more where he came from.
But that’s not all. On today’s edition of Morning Joe, host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough said of Beck,
You cannot say that the president of the United States . . . hates all white people. You cannot call the president of the United States a racist. You cannot wallow in conspiracy theories as he did for about a month, suggesting that FEMA might be setting up concentration camps and going on Fox & Friends and saying, “I can't disprove it,” and then wait a month. You can’t stir up that type of hatred — calling the president a racist. . . . And then say, “I'm just a rodeo clown.”
Scarborough then announced he was compiling an “honor roll” of conservatives who come out and publicly denounce Beck. First on Scarborough’s list is Peter Wehner, a blogger for Commentary magazine who wrote that Glenn Beck “should worry the conservative movement,” and that Beck’s statements, particularly about the supposed racism of President Obama, “are quite unfair and not good for the country.”
Media Matters suggested a few more names for Joe’s honor roll, including Levin, and my favorite Republican, David Frum, who has been taking on Beck with vigor recently on his New Majority website.
Poor Glenn Beck. Not only is he a member of The Cocksucker Hall of Fame, he now has an honor roll of fellow conservatives and Republicans who are mortified and embarrassed to be even slightly associated with him. And it couldn’t have happened to a bigger horse’s ass.