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Cocktail Conservative Matthew Continetti Calls Glenn Beck A Loser

Posted on June 28 2010 4:00 pm

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Beck has aroused Continetti’s anger because he dares to criticize progressivism. Continetti writes:

Beck says the Obama administration is the culmination of 100 years of unconstitutional governance. On the “We Surround Them” episode, Beck said, “The system has been perverted and it has to be restored.” In between bouts of weeping, he asked, “What happened to the country that loved the underdog and stood up for the little guy?” That country, he implied, is vanishing before our eyes. In Beck’s world, politics is less about issues than it is about “us” versus “them.” We may have them surrounded. But “we can’t trust anyone.” The reason no one can be trusted, Beck says, is that the political system is compromised by the ideology of progressivism. At his keynote speech to the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference, Beck wrote the word “progressivism” on a chalkboard and said, “This is the disease. This is the disease in America.” He said again, “Progressivism is the cancer in America and it is eating our Constitution.”

Continetti is filled with disgust — because he’s not much of a conservative, at least not in the way most people understand the term these days. He appears to be one of these “polite company conservatives” Tunku Varadarajan speaks of. A PCC, Varadarajan writes, is

a conservative who yearns for the goodwill of the liberal elite in the media and in the Beltway—who wishes, always, to have their ear, to be at their dinner parties, to be comforted by a sense that liberal interlocutors believe that they are not like other conservatives, with their intolerance and boorishness, their shrillness and their talk radio. The PCC, in fact, distinguishes himself from other conservatives not so much ideologically—though there is an element of that—as aesthetically. [italics in original]

It is also no secret that many conservative intellectuals find the Tea Party movement and people like Glenn Beck to be threatening. They don’t understand them and this lack of understanding inspires fear. Continetti could be one of those guys. Or maybe he’s just pissed off his books don’t sell as well as Beck’s.

Please note: I’m not finished ranting about Continetti’s hatchet job on Beck. More to follow later.

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