Why is it the best articles about American politics come from the foreign press? Is it because you need a little distance in order to get a good perspective, or is it that the US press just really sucks?
Anyway, there is a very good article written by a British journalist about Glenn Beck. The whole article is worth a read, but there was one part in particular that caught my attention:
In the end, I wonder if Beck even wants to win. Like most cult leaders, he is happiest playing the role of the Great Misunderstood Prophet, whose people are forever consigned to roam the wilderness. Occasionally, they may glimpse the Promised Land, but they can never make it their home—for if they did, they might realize that they need a new leader. In a curious way, then, Beck’s status depends on Obama’s success. Nothing else can advance his agenda as effectively as the president achieving his goals. Whether Beck’s audience appreciates this apparent paradox is a different matter.
We’ve seen this paradox in the right wing in other areas. For example, the fact that the fundamentalist Christians work so hard to elect right-wing politicians, who never seem to be able to pass any of the fundamentalist agenda (outlawing abortion, gay marriage, etc.). They need these people to be riled up in order to donate money and work for their election, but — like Glenn Beck — they don’t actually want to win.
UPDATE: Or as Rush Limbaugh just put it “Lord, thank you for my enemies”.