Glenn Beck is dangerous. I think he’s very dangerous. Neither Palin nor Limbaugh attract at such a deeply emotional level. And that is partly because Beck compels your attention. Even his critics can get momentarily drawn in (speaking as one of his critics). Beck is a new thing – at least in this modern media age.
He is going wherever the road leads – and he is the one laying the paving stones. Even Beck isn’t sure where he’ll land. I think he’s just making it up as he goes along and staying with whatever works (where have I heard that before?)
I don’t think he’s planning to run for any office. Doing that would force him to pigeon-hole himself to some extent; to address the issues of whatever office he sought. Not really his style. I think his two favorite subjects are himself and things he fears or doesn’t understand and must therefore attack. He is really the epitome of the long and fabled paranoid strain in American political life.
Since I don’t think Palin is running for anything either, maybe the best we can hope is for Beck and Palin to go at each other. That would be tidy.
From the business section of today’s New York Times: Glenn Beck Stakes Out Activist Role in Politics