Update: This post is not about Newt Gingrich. This post is about Glenn Beck calling Tea Party supporters of Newt Gingrich, racists, because there is no difference between Obama and Gingrich. While there can be an honest debate if Gingrich is a progressive Republican, there is a clear choice between Obama and Gingrich. Calling those Tea Party people racists who believe that Gingrich is the best close-to-conservative-as-we-can-get to defeat Obama, is also beyond dumb.
Anyway, I was just listening to Glenn Beck and he is completely unapologetic. He is also blaming the GOP Establishment for this story, taking no personal responsibility whatsoever. I am far from the GOP Establishment as I can be. Beck has gone completely over the deep end and I will no longer listen to him on the radio. Whoever called it first, gets 15 Trillion Internets.
(Via TheRightScoop) Wow. And here we are told Gingrich's big mouth might cost us the election. Who ever thought it would be Glenn Beck?
Talk about your all time dumb comments. I mean, it is one thing to say this and that about Gingrich. This whole Republican love of Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon also escapes me, these were not conservative presidents. However I just normally roll my eyes when I see or hear conservatives name them as their "conservative" heroes. I just don't get it. My favorite conservative hero is George Washington.
However I am currently supporting Newt Gingrich because I think he's the best conservative to carry the banner for us in 2012 since Herman Cain dropped out. Does that make me less of a conservative? Or, in Beck's newest opinion, a racist?
Steve Flesher at Conservatives4Palin.com breaks this down for us:
Glenn Beck decided to "challenge" the Tea Party. Calling the GOP frontrunner a "progressive," Beck then asserted that if faced with a choice between two "progressives" (Obama and Gingrich), the only difference then becomes the race of the candidate.
So basically, if Tea Party members vote for Newt Gingrich instead of Obama in 2012, it's because they must have a problem with Obama's race.
The left has been dying for someone on the right to make such a remark. This is the type of thing that will show up ten months from now on the eve of the most important election of our lifetimes to prove that Tea Party members are racists — especially if Obama is down in the polls and our candidate just happens to be Newt Gingrich.
I can see the ad now:
Glenn Beck: -ask yourself this Tea Party. Is it about Obama's race, because that's what it appears to be to me. If you're against him [Obama] but you're for this guy [Newt], it must be about race.
I don't care if it is out of context, they can still use it. Hell, I'd use it if I was making ads for Obama. I'm not dumb. It is bad enough that they have Newt Gingrich's "Right-wing Social Engineering" comment, now this comment from Beck?
I've been a defender of Glenn Beck for some time now. However this is indefensible. Newt Gingrich and Barack Obama can't be further apart. Steve Flesher also notes that they are nothing a like:
I realize ... that Newt Gingrich has a checkered past. But to infer there being no difference between Obama and Gingrich is a bit of a stretch.
Despite noted concerns and policy statements which are concerning, Newt's record shows that he passed welfare reform and got the Democrats on board to do it. Obama on the other hand rolled that reform back with the failed stimulus. Newt's policies helped to give us 4.2% unemployment. Under Newt's leadership, he gave us the first balanced budget since 1969 and did it for four years. Obama's policies have skyrocketed unemployment with job-killers like Obamacare and continue to grow our budget.
Further, and most importantly, Gingrich was able to get bipartisan support from a liberal White House because he knew how to articulate the proposals in a way that works. I believe this a very authentic quality he has which is lacking among some of the others. ... It's a quality that only a very few possess. Reagan had it as well. As we see, Obama does not.
Don't ever call people racist unless you have cold hard facts. That's what progressives, liberals, socialists, and marxists do.
David Duke? He's a racist. I know, because as a kid I fought hard to help keep him out of the Louisiana Governor's mansion (and got my car trashed as a result).
Ma and Pa in Iowa who supported Herman Cain, then went to Newt Gringrich? Not racist.
But those progressives, liberals, socialists, and marxists are already taking full advantage:
And that was just the headline from the Puffington Host.
Glenn Beck has just made every Tea Party person's life, and the 2012 election, that much more difficult. I hope he is happy with himself.
I still can't believe he leveled such a personal attack. I will be tuning into Beck's show tomorrow for a personal apology to that personal attack on my character. If I don't get it, I will call the local station that carries him and ask if they could take him off the air.