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Mark Steyn Declares Side in Glenn Beck Debate

September 29, 2009


From The Corner Mark Steyn links to Kathy Shaidle’s recent NewsReal post on Media Matters’ recent smear against Glenn Beck and notes:

Sad to say, many who should know better go along with it. Our old comrade David Frum wrote a piece called “Whose Side Is Glenn Beck On?” Well, in the space of a week Beck claimed the scalps of Van Jones, ACORN and that Yosi Sergant guy at the NEA, none of whom should ever have been anywhere near the corridors of power but who’d still be there if it weren’t for Beck. So whoever’s side he is on, it seems pretty clear he’s not on the Obama administration’s. Hence, Media Matters’s sudden obsession with such pressing concerns as Glenn’s mom’s three decade-old suicide.

The media would like the American Right to be represented by the likes of Bob Dole and John McCain, decent old sticks who know how to give dignified concession speeches. Last time round, we went along with their recommendation. If you want to get rave reviews for losing gracefully, that’s the way to go. If you want to win, look at whom the Democrats and their media chums are so frantic to destroy: That’s the better guide to what they’re really worried about.

Steyn gets it.  Hopefully more on the Right can too.

  1. September 29, 2009 10:02 am

    Hmm, “claimed the scalps…” That means Beck is an Inglorious Basterd. Say what you want about Hollywood blockbusters, but I think they tend to represent the cooler, colorful side of conservatism. Of course, I could be just weird.

    • Retired Soldier permalink
      September 30, 2009 6:57 am

      Of course you could.

  2. Bob permalink
    September 29, 2009 3:30 pm

    Mark is a great judge of character but I don’t know how much time he has to listen to Beck’s show or to anyone else’s. Just because Frum declares against Beck doesn’t mewan he shouldn’t be examined.
    Let’s have a thought experiment. Say you are a Lefty media/money giant and you’ve put years of planning and preparaion into getting Obama elected. You would know that after the “shock and awe” of the first 2 years, the non-Acorn electorate would be ready to throw the bums out. So-you would put in place a trusted pundit who would suggest we need a 3rd party, who would say both parties are equally bad, who would think Ron Paul was suddenly interesting.

  3. jbtrevor permalink
    September 29, 2009 5:31 pm

    Love Mark Steyn…

  4. September 29, 2009 7:16 pm

    I don’t think the world works that way, Bob. I know: that means I’m “so naive” or something.

    I used to work at a small publishing company that was part of a Canadian multi-millionaire’s many holdings. He was a controversial figure and widely hated. Every day we received letters from elderly cranks seeing all kinds of “things” in our publications that “clearly” were part of his “agenda.”

    I worked there for years. This man had absolutely nothing to do with the year-to-year operations of the company, let alone day to day.

    People overthink these things. And have seen too many movies. A little knowledge really is a dangerous thing.

    • September 30, 2009 3:48 am

      Liked your blog, as always, Kathy. There’s always some crank like Bob out there seeing conspiracies… say, maybe HE’s really from the Dems, and he’s secretly trying to create the hint of suspicion so we all start to cook up our own conspiracy theories, and then, and then…… Jeeeeez, Bob needs to get a grip. I wonder if he’s ever listened to Glenn.

  5. Bob permalink
    September 29, 2009 8:34 pm

    Do you listen to Mark Levin? Do you read Dan Reihl?
    Even Rush was musing the other day about the folly of third parties.
    I think it’s just a –enjoy the guy, but watch his motives.

  6. Walt permalink
    September 30, 2009 2:39 am

    I think it is useful to be clear that conservatism is more than just an appendage of the Republican Party. That party needs to earn support and motivate people, which it has failed to do for some years now. If the Republican Party is either unwilling or unable to become more responsive to a center-right electorate, what good is it? If its leadership is about as sizzling as a bag of dry ice, what can it really expect?

    • September 30, 2009 3:48 am


  7. jac mills permalink
    September 30, 2009 7:33 am

    It was good, as a newcomer, to watch the shenanigans of the LEFT and of the RIGHT in this country. It was healthy, and I used to relish the daily banter through the media. It was good for a foreigner, to get to know the country and its people, and all done with some sense of fairness and good taste. But slowly, gradually, like a creeping fungus, it all changed. The American media, for the most part, led the change and direction to another world, alien to American ideals, and to hell with what the people wanted and needed to survive. What a tragedy that has been for this great country. It is also a disgrace.

  8. Joseph White permalink
    September 30, 2009 9:04 pm

    If Glenn Beck has, “Collected scalps,” it’s only because President Obama didn’t want to fight for any of his “gang,” and hung them out dry like yesterday’s wet laundry.

    If Obama would pick more forthright people to work with, Glenn wouldn’t have ammo to shoot, but so far, Obama has picked thieves, scum, and law breakers.

    Makes you wonder, doesn’t it, if maybe we need to do away with Czars and just treat them like any other cabinet position and have congress vet them.

  9. Joy permalink
    October 1, 2009 1:41 am

    I, too, read Bob’s comments with some consternation – after all, if Beck might just be a “plant” and we’ve all been fooled, then the Conservative Movement is in a pretty pickle. On the other hand, Glenn isn’t a very good actor, so it must be true righteous indignation & patriotic passion that motivates him – after all, he’s doing pretty well financially as a real (or pretend?) Conservative! And I do admire his libertarian streak – I, too, am a libertarian at heart (but vote GOP most of the time); however, when the GOP and/or one or more of its candidates is more of a RINO, I “bolt” and vote Libertarian! It’s my fall-back “protest” vote.

    • October 1, 2009 6:16 am

      The idea that Beck is a “plant” is paranoid, conspiracist thinking. The simplest answer is usually the correct one.

  10. Bill Burton permalink
    October 1, 2009 10:29 am

    I really enjoy listening to Mark Steyn when he is on the Rush Limbaugh program, & also Rush. I am a conservative, who has always voted Republican except when I voted Russ Perot, which was a mistake, because we got Clinton in. So I do believe it probably would be a mistake to vote as an independent because it would probably insure Obama’s relection, even if the independent was a true conservative. However, as for bring in more ‘Moderates’ into the party, I agree they are welcome, but we need to get back to the basics that our forefathers founded, that is obide by our constituion, & the 10 commandments etc.


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