Now, if someone wants to make a case that this was a rational, reasoned response to our current crisis, I would first put you in a padded room and then give you some crayons to play with. Perhaps one of things that attracts many fringe righties to Beck is that often, he appears to be barely under control, as if powerful emotions have a hold of him and only with a mighty, conscious effort is he able to keep from erupting into spasms of emotive irrationality. This plays well especially on TV where Beck has been reduced to near tears several times when contemplating what America is becoming.
But what are we rationally minded conservative thinkers to do when shouted down by an ever-growing mob of Beck-ish doomsayers? Moran says that if we can’t beat the crazies, we might as well join them. Of course, he’s only joking, but he’s right in a sense. The real question is, then, what are we to do when we conservative thinkers are subjected to the kind of vicious vitriol normally reserved for the liberal nutroots and their cronies?
How is it that Charles Johnson and Christopher Orr both think Glenn Beck (whose Fox show I've never watched, BTW) represents the camel's nose in the tent, a dangerous intrusion of crackpottery into the Republican mainstream, while the genuine wingnuts still feel as ostracized and alienated as ever?
Charles Johnson and Christopher Orr probably both think that because, unlike RSM, they have actually watched Beck's shenanigans.