I have to admit, I can’t watch more than a few minutes of Glenn Beck. He gets so worked up, I’m afraid his head is going to explode.
Beck has long been a target for liberal commentators like Jon Stewart. But now some respected conservative voices are starting to speak out about him, including Joe Scarborough. Beck, he said Friday on his MSNBC “Morning Joe” show, “is losing it before our eyes.”
Scarborough cited a recent posting for Commentary by conservative blogger Peter Wehner. He writes that Beck “has become the most disturbing personality on cable television,” whose apocalyptic visions and wild rantings “confirm the worst caricatures of the right.” Conservatives would be wise to distance themselves from Beck – and fast – Wehner writes.
It looks to me like it’s only a matter of time — and I suspect not much time — until he blows apart professionally. If and when that happens, one can only hope that conservatism as a movement will have created enough distance from Beck to mitigate the damage.