Now I hate to get into a whole thang with Matt Taibbi, but I have to disagree with this.
It’s been strange and kind of depressing to watch the conservative drift in this direction. In a way, actually, the Glenn Beck show has been drearily fascinating of late. It’s not often that we get to watch someone go insane on national television; trapped in an echo chamber of his own spiraling egomania, with apparently no one at his network willing to pull the plug and put him out of his misery, Beck has lately gone from being a mildly annoying media dingbat to a self-imagined messiah who looks like he’s shouldering more and more of the burdens of Christ with each passing day. And because he’s stepping into a vacuum of conservative leadership — there’s no one else out there who is offering real red meat to the winger crowd — he’s begun to attract not professional help but apostles, in the form of Chuck Norris (who believes we have to prepare for armed revolution and may prepare a run for “president of Texas”) and pinhead Midwestern congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, a woman who is looking more and more like George Foreman to Sarah Palin’s Joe Frazier in the Heavyweight Championship of Stupid. Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!
Going insane? No. I've seen Glenn Beck off and on for a few years now, when the TV at a laundromat or Dunkin' Donuts has insisted on showing him. There hasn't been much change. As far as I can tell he never had a mind to lose. Tailored suits, yes. Massive xenophobia? Check. (Did he lose some kind of Muslim-Mormon not-drinking contest that left him bitter?) So I'm not worried that Beck is talking crazy, as that's one of the constants of the universe, and it's only sad that he can't land on a more entertaining madness. Like his new buddy Chuck Norris, whoin his mind never really left the Walker Texas Ranger set.
Now as for Michelle Bachmann being in some sort of position of power, well, that's where the night terrors start.