Michael van der Galien

Glenn Beck vs. Scott Brown

Posted on January 21 2010 5:50 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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There’s a lot of buzz about a joke soon to be Senator Scott Brown made during his acceptance speech about his (single) daughters. Glenn Beck said he considered Brown’s joke to be “inappropriate.”

According to Politico, the popular Fox News host even appeared to “compare Brown to Gary Condit, the former Democratic congressman who some suspected was involved in the disappearance of his mistress and congressional intern Chandra Levy, who was found dead.”

If true, an exceptionally disgusting remark from Beck, of course. After all, Brown just made a joke, that’s all. There was nothing even remotely disgusting about it.

However, if you watch the clips, it’s quite clear that Beck was joking when he compared Brown to Condit.

Sadly, I have to admit that although I believe this part of the segment to be a joke, I also believe Beck was serious when he called Brown’s comments inappropriate. I say “sadly,” because I found Brown’s comments to be innocent and playful. This is the kind of joke many fathers could make about their own daughters.

By the way, this doesn’t mean that Beck is wrong when he tells voters to remain critical of Brown. The man won a difficult race, true, but he didn’t accomplish anything other than that. He’ll be a senator now, a man who’s part of the machine. And we have to keep an eye on all those who are part of it.

If conservatives should believe one thing, it’s that there’s no such thing as the perfect politician. It’s about ideas, not personalities, nor parties. Beck’s right about that.

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