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Will Glenn Beck's rally help or hurt Republicans?

When Fox News and talk radio host Glenn Beck comes to Washington this weekend to headline a rally intended to "restore honor" to America, he will test the strength - and potentially expose the weaknesses - of a conservative grass-roots movement that remains an unpredictable force in the country's politics. Read the full article.

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It will help only if the republican is a conservative (McCain being the obvious exception) Not that too many republicans are actually conservative but' "baby steps, baby steps".

Posted by: theduck6 | August 26, 2010 7:57 AM

This is a dumb question... it's not about R or D, its about what the candidate stand for that will affect the candidate.

Posted by: makeemstop | August 26, 2010 9:01 AM

If this idiot can convince other idiots to vote for his preferred idiot, then maybe.

Posted by: mack1 | August 26, 2010 9:23 AM

Beck's rally is racist to the core. Ask yourself this, nutters: How will the black community perceive it? ... or this... Will the Hispanic community see this clown parade in the same light they see the Arizona Papers Please law?

Posted by: tojby_2000 | August 26, 2010 9:29 AM

Glen Beck is an idiot and a racist who appeals to those like him.

Posted by: truth1 | August 26, 2010 9:38 AM

how can you click anything other than "too soon to tell" about something that HASNT HAPPENED YET? Derr...

Posted by: jesusHhong | August 26, 2010 9:49 AM

Being somewhat of a Beck fan, I have a problem with some of his ideas regarding "miracles". That being said, I hope this is a good thing for the country to observe. It's going to be huge, much bigger than the MSM will ever give the event credit for. The left is on a constant rant and it will never stop. The left is never happy with it's victories and will always more, more, more. So, yeah, this is good, but I don't see the MSM giving Beck or his audience the time of day...Much less a voice.

Posted by: mstone14 | August 26, 2010 9:57 AM

Glenn Beck is a pathetic clown. The ridiculous crybaby should conduct his next rally of village idiots on an interstate highway (90% federally-funded and 10% state-funded -- weep, clown, weep)during rush hour (after all, he's against wearing protective underwear).

Posted by: jKO2010 | August 26, 2010 10:06 AM

Correction to my previous post: I meant that he's wearing protective underwear. He's against sanity.

Posted by: jKO2010 | August 26, 2010 10:08 AM

I love the way the tea-nuts make claims of their rallies being "huge" - it does make one wonder just what they're overcompensating for. Of course, I'm referring to "brains" - They're intellectual capacity and cognitive ability are at best the tenth of the size of a pea.

Posted by: jKO2010 | August 26, 2010 10:12 AM

The tenth of the size of a pea might be too generous, actually.

Posted by: jKO2010 | August 26, 2010 10:13 AM

His rallies are a boon to the Democrats and a pox on the Republican party. They are an embarrassment to our country.

Posted by: jKO2010 | August 26, 2010 10:16 AM

To all of you Beck haters, sounds like a jealousy thing to me, just like your hate for Palin. It is sad that you libs or whatever you preferred to be called do not have anyone in your pathetic party to tell the truth and join people together to spread the word about the mess this country is in. This is not a tea party rally. If you took the time to listen to Beck (most of you blogging today are too ignorant to do so) then you would know that this is nothing about race, nothing about a particular party and no one is backing him except himself, so take your lies and go elsewhere.

Posted by: gboysen | August 26, 2010 10:16 AM should really find more substantial subjects to elicit comments from readers. I've heard of this person, but never listened to his show. Like Dr. Laura Schlessinger's on-air rant, this seems to be a calculated attempt to get media attention. Unfortunately, it appears that is complicit with his agenda by providing free coverage.

Posted by: ALEnglish | August 26, 2010 10:19 AM

Sure, Gboysen, you keep patting yourself on the back - claim us that the tea-nuts are sensible, down-to-earth, inviolate, and virtuous while you're standing in front of a sign that claims Obama is president to seek revenge on the white community and that he's a "reverse racist"... uh huh. How noble of you.

Posted by: jKO2010 | August 26, 2010 10:21 AM

I hope it gets enormous crowds so that Dems will be energized and get out and vote in November. Hopefully it will be big enough to scare us into action.

That said I really don't expect it to be much more than the size of the health care bill protests. Those protests were pretty small but vastly overhyped by the media. There was very little coverage of the LARGER pro health bill demonstrators who were here at the same time.

Posted by: Sharon1949 | August 26, 2010 10:22 AM

Being somewhat of a Beck fan, I have a problem with some of his ideas regarding "miracles". That being said, I hope this is a good thing for the country to observe. It's going to be huge, much bigger than the MSM will ever give the event credit for. The left is on a constant rant and it will never stop. The left is never happy with it's victories and will always more, more, more. So, yeah, this is good, but I don't see the MSM giving Beck or his audience the time of day...Much less a voice.
As for who's doing the ranting, the left isn't running the Tea Party rallies.

Glenn Beck hardly needs a boost from the "MSM", wouldn't you say?

Posted by: st50taw | August 26, 2010 10:27 AM

"This is not a tea party rally."

Did you get tired of being referred to as t-baggers finally? What are they nowadays then - puerile pity parties?

Posted by: jKO2010 | August 26, 2010 10:32 AM

Tea with its strings attached to a Republican Label.

Oh, and grass roots movements are unknown of or supressed by the mass media. So this "Tea" is AstroTurf watered with koolaid.

Posted by: glenglish | August 26, 2010 10:46 AM

Glen Beck is nothing more than a magician, as he swirls his chalk board sketches to take the viewer where HE wants to take them. The American Voter must educate themselves before they vote, something that we have not done collectively for many years. We as a society, have long based our voting prowess on, what our parents think, what our friends think, what we have received in e-mails, and here say. We have not researched our candidates, rather voting just along party lines, and I bet half of those that do that dont even know what each platform really is. Wake up America!!!!! Dont just vote for your party thinking they are representing you. VOTE OUT THE INCUMBENT. RESEARCH YOUR CANDIDATE. Otherwise, conservative, liberal; republican or democrat, you get what you deserve.

Posted by: TMarcinko | August 26, 2010 10:53 AM

For your poll... you did not put "other" or "neither". I associate well with tea partiers, but I am not a Beck fan. I don't consider Beck a Republican -- he's an uber-conservative.

Posted by: buhk1 | August 26, 2010 11:29 AM

The question is moot, because this event is not intended to promote political parties or politics at all!!! Can't people just take him at his word on this? This is about honor, faith, hope, charity, honesty, respect.... characteristics that have all but been forgotten by a large part of our society. Now it's all about "what's in it for me?" or "what can I get out of (fill in the blank... other people, the government, my employer, my union, etc)." This is the reason our country is in the horrible condition it is in. Not because of what one party or another did. We should all realize that both parties have been corrupted, and so has union leadership. It is because people have become complacent, lazy,and selfish. A large percentage of parents don't even bother to discipline their children anymore, and don't teach respect for authority figures or adults in general. Public figures are blatant liars and con-men and women. It is all about personal responsibility, not politics. Let us all go back to the basic concept of common decency. The world would be a much better place if we would all do that.

Posted by: RaeMarie | August 26, 2010 11:30 AM

Everyone who says beck is a racist or an idiot has never watched his show for 5 days straight. Put it on your dvr for a week. I did it for Keith Oberman and Rachel Maddow for 2 weeks. Those two are too opinionated for me. At least the “factor” has the other side some of the time. I don’t watch Hannity cause Colmes left and it’s too one sided.

As an independent I don’t really care for Glenn Beck, but his show is pretty much a “history of politics.” In no way is it a republican puppet. He attacks them usually more than democrats. If sat down and watched 5 episodes, you would see that

Before you call him what others call him, watch his show. Cause just calling him a racist or an idiot, without any backing, is ignorant slander.

Posted by: hugginsmt | August 26, 2010 11:50 AM

Itt is amazing how the progressives minds go to racist and silly name calling because they haven't taken the time to know what they are talking about.
This whole patriot movement is about bringing Traditional American Values back including respect for each other. Respect is is something that is gained by assuming personal responsibility.
It is all about personal responsibility which is something that the 18% of the truly progressive, and irrational, left (that is so loud and activist that they now control the Democratic Party and bully the rest of the moderate left)don't understand.

Posted by: cptndon | August 26, 2010 11:56 AM

It's always name calling and the race card with the liberal left. "If your ideas are indefensible – attack the other side so that no one will notice." Not once in any of the comments here do I hear a liberal attempt to have discourse on the "Ideas" that Beck, Palin and Tea Partiers bring to the table of democracy. No - the response is that they are idiots or racist and bigots. You know, that line to the vast majority of Americans is getting old and explains why the liberal left is headed for another 25 - 50 years of obscurity.

Posted by: johngallagher1 | August 26, 2010 12:15 PM

mack1 - since you come off looking like an "idiot" who voted for the current administration - I'll side with anyone the likes if YOU consider an idiot!

Posted by: LOD_MOS | August 26, 2010 1:22 PM


Posted by: LOD_MOS | August 26, 2010 1:22 PM

During the last presidential campaign, I asked numerous democrats why they were voting for Obama, what he stood for and what he would do for the country. Most were stumped. One told me to check out his website which I did and I still wondered what he stood for. Then along comes this little clip of a Obama supporter who said she was going to get some of his stash and that explained it all to me. In the end, Obama ran on the vague promise of hope and change. Well, the hope went down the river with the unemployment and the change isn't what most of the people I know want. The problem for the democrats is that most people realize that you don't take a vote on something without reading it first. Do you think those democrats passing those unread bills would sign a contract giving me 10% of all the funds they take in for their campaigns? No, they would want to read it first. So, why did they pass bills without reading them? And that is why Beck and the TEA Party folks are so angry at the government and want to bring them back to sanity.

Posted by: gfafblifr | August 26, 2010 3:28 PM

The reason you haven't seen any liberal attempt at discourse about Palin's and Beck's "ideas" is that they don't have any. All they do have is rambling, inflammatory rhetoric that makes no sense but is liberally [that word again!] peppered with words and catchphrases like "freedom", "taxes", "family values", "elitist" and "hollyweird"—all guaranteed to jiggle the proper ganglia to elicit the proper enraged response, lest anybody in the crowd should stop, think and realize that they are defending their very exploiters. I haven't seen anything this lunatic since the portrayal of the "good and faithful" slaves in "Gone With the Wind", who stood behind their white folks with unswerving loyalty and the comforting knowledge of occupying their "rightful" place in the world.

Both Palin and Beck are in this for one thing—not power, which is the fleetingest thing in the universe—but plain old money.

If you don't think they're making a nice piece of change playing America's Little Fascists, I've got a lovely bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

They represent the people who want to:

Derail the little health care reform we've managed to pass;
Make sure the richest 1% continue to get their desperately needed tax cuts;
Cut off unemployment checks for people who've been out of work for more than 99 weeks on the basis that these people are just lazy bums who are lolling around, living the life of reilly on their lavish unemployment benefits, when there are simply no jobs;
Dismantle Social Security;
Continue to give tax breaks to companies who outsource American jobs;
Do not wish to pay us American wages but still expect us to pay American prices;
Allow the bailed-out banks to continue to freeze credit to small businesses and companies sitting on ten-story-high wads of cash to continue their hiring freeze, all in the interest of making Obama [who actually wants to help the poor, working and middle classes but has been demonized by his skin color, though none of them have the guts to admit it] look bad.


I hope Abe Lincoln gets up from his chair and pukes all over Glen Beck. If there were any justice, he'd get worse.

Posted by: suffersfools | August 26, 2010 3:32 PM

Beck's rally is to rally Beck's sagging ratings. He lost 1/3 of his audience in January when Rep. Eric Massa made a fool of him on his own show.

Beck has no more business talking about politics or history than Bruce Vilanch does teaching fitness and fashion.

Posted by: AxelDC | August 26, 2010 5:07 PM

Let's just imagine that Muslims want to hold a rally at Ground Zero on September 11th - how would the Fox news commentators, Sarah Palin, and the rest of them react?

Is this not also a historic date and on hallowed ground? Where is all the huffing and puffing over this?

Posted by: media202 | August 26, 2010 5:42 PM

As an 18 year old in 1979, I joined the Republican Party. I pretty much voted on party lines until Bush v. Kerry and then switched to the democratic candidate and I also voted for Obama, because Palin was not qualified. Do I think that this rally will further damage the Republican brand, YES! The party is like a sailboat without a rudder. What happened to the party of small government, low taxes? The country will be 50 % hispanic in 2050, so embrace your neighbors. Drop the family values, Christian tag line and just run the country for all Americans - regardless of race, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation. Then and only then will the Republican party regain my vote. Who do I think are bright leaders of the party - Tim Pawlenty and Chris Christie (except I don't care for his social policies).

Posted by: squashmom | August 26, 2010 5:59 PM

I just have to laugh at the Progressives. They have NOTHING factual to criticize. It's nothing but insults. They don't upset me any more. I'm just laughing. I would love to see them get a huge crowd like this and 9/12. What's the point of talking....Let's all just laugh. That will really drive them over the edge!

Posted by: etshoney | August 26, 2010 8:28 PM

Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin have one characteristic in common -- in *addition* to their refreshing conservatism -- whenever either gives a talk, or makes any comment we can cound on the Bigots of America to crawl out from under their rocks and start name-calling.

Why are they so envious of Beck and Palin? I don't know. Do you??

Posted by: Truth-Be-Told | August 26, 2010 9:19 PM

It's not going to hurt or help. All those in attendance are already convinced of the cause behind the event. Those not in attendance will be unaffected. So it is, at its core, a statement to those (political leaders) about the depth of the dissatisfaction with the current administration and its agenda. It may energize those who are there, but people already have their opinions. Leaders need to hear them.

Posted by: TimDaniels | August 26, 2010 10:09 PM

Glenn Beck can trace his blood line back to Hitler or Judas. He is a cancer on this country and needs to be cut out and disposed of like any common disgusting trash. His views are as close as you can get to being a National Socialist (Nazi). Why people listen to this malignancy is just beyond understanding. He, Palin and the drug addict Limbaugh need to Shut up and go away...FOREVER!!!

Posted by: silverfoot29073 | August 27, 2010 1:47 AM

Racist, Racist, Racist!
Idiot, Idiot, Idiot,
Nazi, Nazi, Nazi,
Blah, Blah, Blah!

More liberal hate mongering. You libs never check Glenn Beck's facts which he uses all the time to support his statements. The truth may hurt but is is the truth.

Bye bye Obamanuts. November can't come soon enough.

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Posted by: jane_moore86 | August 28, 2010 12:55 AM

By his own admission Beck's real agenda is making money for himself. This rally is just another way to self-promote

Posted by: lsmithley | August 28, 2010 8:21 AM

Honestly, I don't think it will have any effect on the Republican Party.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 28, 2010 9:40 AM

Please list any or all innovative solutions that Mr. Beck has proposed that would likely solve any of our country's problems.

Posted by: DrS1 | August 28, 2010 10:17 AM

Mr. Beck: for which reason we talk so much about this charlatan? On today's newspaper there are zillions of articles on this clown, why do we want to increase his popularity? Just forget about Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle & Rand Paul they don't represent the America I know.

Posted by: RobertoFabbri | August 28, 2010 12:06 PM

I've been watching the rally this morning. If the MSM and liberals were hoping for inflammatory and racist rhetoric, they are obviously destined to be greatly disappointed. All the fury (including by many WAPO columnists) about the rally should collapse like an old souffle.

As often happens (Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad anyone?)the liberals have jumped on what they are certain will happen (despite those who actually know what will happen telling them how wrong they are) only to be shown to be completely wrong. It has happened again. But I'm sure they will try to explain why they were really right.

Posted by: LouBear | August 28, 2010 12:37 PM

Glenn Beck said we are in a "period of darkness."

That's all I needed to hear. What a blatantly racist remark. Who is he trying to kid? Does he think I was born yesterday?

He should go back to his drug habit.

What's his list of advertisers again? Because I have a real job and I will not spend my cash with those a$$ clowns.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | August 28, 2010 12:46 PM

Join the web-site "Glenn Beck is NOT Martin Luther King Jr." and declare tghat you sand with Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of a just, diverse, and equal society - you do NOT stand with Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin and their attempt to destroy and distort King's vision and usurp what America take pride in and what they disparage every chance they can get.

Take a stand today - thus far 34,890 people have signed. Do a search combining the words if you do not get to the site via the below link (put in GlennBeckIsNotMartinLutherKingJr and go to the site that way if you have to - in other words if you can't run then walk, and if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, go there. Thank you.

Posted by: redjanuko | August 28, 2010 12:48 PM

The GOP will continue to move to the right, but the demographics of the country will continue to show more minorities and esp. Hispanic Americans. From a historic pt of view, this looks like the last gasp of the all-white, caucasion, made in America brand. Long-term bad news for the GOP. Beck frightens me much more than Palin; reminds me of a charasmatic Austrian house painter who stirred up a lot of restentment over reparations. This is exactly the climate for this kind of zany, esp. w/almost no leadership coming from the GOP.

Posted by: ElinorMiller | August 28, 2010 12:59 PM

See any black or brown faces in the crowds?

Posted by: Lamentations | August 28, 2010 1:01 PM

This is a very conservative crowd, and they've entirely forgotten that it was the Republicans who ran our economy into the ground under Bush, so I have no doubt most of them will vote for Republican candidates, stupidly returning us to the bad policies that created the current mess.

Posted by: jef2 | August 28, 2010 1:05 PM

In a Racially divided America it can only help Republicans, But they will forevermore be excluded from the fountain of Good Will. This one's for keeps. You have embraced intolerance openly and it is how you will be forever remembered, considered, and despised.

Posted by: minco_007 | August 28, 2010 1:10 PM

Hope, charity, honesty?, repect!? Really.... those are demonstrated by Beck, Palin and their ilk? What hypocrites. I should check Becks FACTS! Please. What a bunch of hateful, disrespectful, money-grubbing, carpetbaggers. When they saw the time was right they swooped in with their mindless rhetoric. And who is getting rich off these empty and hateful remarks? Beck, Palin and the other empty vessels. Those are Christian values, Muslim values, Jewish values, et. al. Maybe you so-called Christians should reread that bible. And it seems that Beck is starting to compare himself a little too much to Jesus Miracles? No I do NOT hate Beck, Palin, etc. don't get your panties in a twist. I find there rhetoric very damaging to our country. And if you poor, ignorant folks want to be flim-flammed that's up to you. But, desecrating the Lincoln Memorial is another thing.

Posted by: chelist1 | August 28, 2010 1:21 PM

Seriously? In the long run rallies like today's can only hurt the Republican party and the rest of America long with it. Shouting impostors tend to go down in history as national embarrassments if they are remembered at all. At best they become symbols of where our politics have failed us.

Posted by: texassideoats | August 28, 2010 1:27 PM

1) stop calling it a "grass-roots movement", it's funded by nine-figure contributions from the third-richest man (and #1 corporate polluter) in America.

2) This is nothing more than the last gasp, putting pretty yellow ribbons on an ugly America that's NEVER COMING BACK.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 28, 2010 1:36 PM

Think that this rally will help America! The hate mongers; racial dividers; and wealth redistributors have had a BAD DAY -- and this could be the beginning of MANY, MANY MORE!

Joe Six Pack and Josephine are SICK AND TIRED OF WHAT professional politicians -- both parties -- have done to this Country. Obama has just made us see the errors of our ways given the incompetence of the past 18 months!

Posted by: wheeljc | August 28, 2010 1:48 PM

Short term, help. Long term, hurt.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | August 28, 2010 1:53 PM

Will the rally help or hurt the Republican Party? Well that’s a zen-like question if there ever was one. In the short term it will surely deliver more votes to Republicans. But, in the long term, it will force the party further to the right, making compromise unthinkable and governing impossible. A more fitting question would be “is the rally good for America?” I think the answer to that is a resounding “no”.

Posted by: codexjust1 | August 28, 2010 1:54 PM

If you mean by helping the base of the Repbublican party stay true to their rants against Pres. Obama then yes, it will help! There's nothing like a restore honor rally when you don't define what is lost.

Posted by: AverageJane | August 28, 2010 2:06 PM

As Beck has been able to convice his loyal followers that re-distribution of American's wealth to China, India, and Mexico is good, I'm quite certain he can convince his followers to surrender their social security & medicare benefits.


Posted by: Maddogg | August 28, 2010 2:08 PM

Long term the Republican Party is adopting right wing Nazi philosophy. Hitler had Jews and Republcians have Muslims and Illegal Aliens. In the longer term the Republican Party will fade away. A further doom will come into play when they force phase out social security and medicare.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 28, 2010 2:13 PM

"As Beck has been able to convice his loyal followers that re-distribution of American's wealth to China, India, and Mexico is good, I'm quite certain he can convince his followers to surrender their social security & medicare benefits.
Posted by: Maddogg | August 28, 2010 2:08 PM "

madddogg your kind has been kissing asian behinds a long time now...
thats why what you say is funny...
it's just lies...

Posted by: DwightCollins | August 28, 2010 2:16 PM

"This is about honor, faith, hope, charity, honesty, respect.... It is all about personal responsibility, not politics. Let us all go back to the basic concept of common decency. The world would be a much better place if we would all do that."


Honor? On the same stage with Beck? What "honor" does the screaming, crying, extremist alcoholic bring? Didn't we just learn our lessons about Dry Drunks?

Common decency? Do you expect to find that with the party that took programs from poor schoolchildren so millionaires and billionaires could dodge their taxes? Does it lie with the hateful folk who attacked a sovereign people, committed the American Blitzkrieg against them, and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians?

We are SICK of your "common decency", and what it has cost in lives, honor, treasure, and our futures.

Posted by: gkam | August 28, 2010 2:16 PM

Glenn Beck can be compared to Martin Luther King only in the same way that Lindsay Lohan can be compared to Mother Teresa.

Posted by: rmcmullin | August 28, 2010 2:19 PM

The Taliban are conservative - you want to vote for them? In fact, compared to the Taliban our conservatives are a pack of liberals. LOL

Posted by: Fjet2020 | August 28, 2010 2:20 PM

“Say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet and you can’t take that away from me,” Ms. Palin said.

Ah, the Queen of Ego strikes again.

Posted by: rogied25 | August 28, 2010 2:32 PM

Beck is alienating independents from the Republican party, and therefore hurting the Rs.

The more he talks the more unhinged he becomes from reality and facts. It's accurate that most of his core audience doesn't know the facts or care, they confuse opinions for facts. I recently was at a townhall meeting with my congressman and the know-nothings rudely echoing Beck's words turned off the 40% of the audience who were independents.

Posted by: boscobobb | August 28, 2010 2:33 PM

Why is it that some people never have anything to contribute so in order to get themselves into a conversation they immediately go to the racist word? It seems to me the ones who want to call others racist all the time are the ones who are actually the racists since all they dwell on is race.

Posted by: rdrunner82 | August 28, 2010 2:34 PM

This rally is about Glen Beck trying to catch up to Sarah Palin $$$. They are both entertainers.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | August 28, 2010 2:50 PM

If a collection of weirdest moments in D.C. is ever made, this event will win going away. Why were 99% of the people there white and overweight? No wonder they were dropping like flies. Glenn Beck medals??? Weird.

Posted by: m_richert | August 28, 2010 2:54 PM

"...but his show is pretty much a “history of politics.”
Really? Have you read any real history books, and by that, I don't mean only those printed by Regnery Press. Have you traveled outside the US to Europe or Asia?

Beck's "history" is a set of weird opinions masquerading as facts. "Cloward and Piven Plan," "Community Reinvestment Act" and "ACORN" are all part of a Soros funded master plan to convert the US to socialism? In what parallel universe is that? Why no mention of MBS, CDO, CDS, bond rating agencies, AIG, moral hazard and the real fundamentals? Is it because Beck neither understands the facts or it doesn't make good TV?

Would you look in a funhouse mirror and expect to accurately judge how you look? That's the "history" you are viewing.

Many of the commenters claim opponents can't address Beck's "factually." When people have done so, with historical citations, Beck supporters still refuse to recognize the truth. It's a fool's errand.

Posted by: boscobobb | August 28, 2010 2:59 PM

I live in the DC area and I can tell you for certain that this is the most folks I've seen on the mall in quite some time. I'm not a Glenn Beck supporter but I am a veteran and this rally was pretty impressive.

Posted by: rigoman33 | August 28, 2010 3:06 PM

There is a certain hollowness to this rally. Just too good. The "real" Americans wrapped in the Flag, cheering the troops and praising God. Palin's public service was likely the best paying job she could get and Beck is without any public service, why should they be believed?

I saw where Rubio hauled out the balanced budget amendment. Reagan ran for office on that rhetoric and promptly send the deficit skyrocketing.

People should pay more attention to what the demagogues do rather than what they say.

Posted by: chucko2 | August 28, 2010 3:09 PM

Help in 2010, hurt in 2012.

Posted by: kevnet | August 28, 2010 3:09 PM

Wrong question! Will the GOP help the Koch Brothers.

Posted by: kknutton | August 28, 2010 3:27 PM

In the near-term it's hard to say.

Long-term though it will definitely lead to a backlash against the GOP. You can be a huge success on cable simply because you tap into the perversions and prejudices of 1 percent of the population.

Electoral politics requires much broader appeal.

Posted by: JPRS | August 28, 2010 3:33 PM

Those who call Beck a "racist" and an "idiot" are the true haters. They are so closed-minded that they really don't care what Beck says or stands for. Libs think they're right and anyone who disagrees with them is subject to whatever name-calling they want to use! It's irrational hatred!

Posted by: patriotofUSA | August 28, 2010 3:34 PM

Wait until November! Many people are angry at what's been happening with this administration! You can name-call all you want; it's what happens at the polls that counts!

Posted by: patriotofUSA | August 28, 2010 3:40 PM

As an American who happens to be black--and who watched the gathering via the web--I found nothing racist or offensive (unless you happen to be an atheist). Dr. King's neice spoke well, as did the reverend. I consider myself a classical liberal--not to be confused with the contemporary definition of progressive/liberal. I truly believe that the progressives most angry are the ones that did not watch the rally.

Posted by: brianwatson05559 | August 28, 2010 3:41 PM

PatriotFUSA: Did Beck tell you to use patroit in your username?.The people who understand Beck are the ones who stand up for this country against uninformed and ignorant people who believe everything Beck says.Beck is more dangerous to America than any terrorist because he picks on the weak minded who can't think for themselves.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | August 28, 2010 3:49 PM

Just a few years ago, Beck was telling fart jokes on morning radio for a living. Forgive me if I'm skeptical of his Godlike qualities and self promotion.

Posted by: danielfboone | August 28, 2010 3:53 PM

beck started his career as a stand-up comic. i dont' think he ever lost that ethos. i also think americans would be better off paying attn to AIPAC subornation of congress and multiple wars which only serve israel, the military industrial complex and contribute to the bankrupting of the republic,not to mention dragging whatever credibility it still has in the muc

Posted by: mischipotles | August 28, 2010 4:02 PM

Beck is a fool
Palin is a fool
Followers of Beck or Palin are fools.

Posted by: mjcc1987 | August 28, 2010 4:13 PM

At least they weren't passing out like flies in a rapturous swoon like at the Obama inauguration. And they cleaned up after themselves unlike what happened at the Obama inauguration.

Posted by: Straightline | August 28, 2010 4:15 PM

This will probably help the Republicans in November (unless it acts to energize the moribund left), but in the long run it might just doom the GOP to Whig status.

Beck is a buffoon. Today's rally was nothing more than a bunch of scared older white people giving Dr. King and the civil rights movement the finger. They've been waiting for decades for someone to come along and say it's okay. But it's not okay, and most Americans know it.

Posted by: Trakker | August 28, 2010 4:36 PM

Like many others who have posted here, I think in the short term it will help the Republicans, but they will likely pay a price in the long run. Are Beck, Palin, et al. racists? I don't know. Only they know what is in their hearts and minds. Judging by some of the rhetoric being used by the Tea Partiers and the over-arching Republican Party regarding the "Ground Zero Mosque" (which isn't even a Mosque - it's an Islamic Cultural Center,) Arizona's SB1070 immigration bill, and their anti-LGBT equality rights makes it apparent that they are not interested in preserving the very real Civil Liberties guaranteed under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of our Constitution.

The way I look at it, everyone in this country wants our country to be the best that it can be, for everyone; however, what differs are the approaches on how to achieve that objective. Democrats seem to want to give handouts to the middle and lower classes; while Republicans seem to only care about two things: handouts for the über-wealthy and continue overspending on the military industrial complex.

Somewhere in the middle lies a happy medium that will allow all Americans to prosper but neither party truly represents this middle ground and neither are truly working toward that objective, or so it seems.

I personally believe we need to scrap the two-party system and shift towards more of a proportional representative form of government which would allow for increased third party candidates. This approach would force the government to run as a coalition government as opposed to the current zero sum game we keep getting ourselves into with one-party dominance in the executive and legislative branches.

Posted by: SD_Dave | August 28, 2010 4:43 PM

Angry middle aged white people. We've seen this act before. We had the Klan and the Nazi movement prior to World War II. The problem with this rally is there is no defined purpose other than what these people make up in absence of facts. This is the Baby Boomer generation at its worst and it represents how hopelessly lost this generation has become. After creating, inheriting and benefiting from a government that balanced the needs of people with private sector initiative this group has decided that THEY will suck it all up and leave nothing for their children. How selfish. But what can we expect from a generation described as the "me" generation.

Posted by: sweiss2 | August 28, 2010 6:01 PM

The people at the Beck's rally today are representing the 20% of americans that believe President Obama is a muslim, the 20% that say they support the Tea party, and the 20% that wish the civil rights movement had not been the success that it is.
Twenty tears ago maybe they were 30%, 40 years ago, maybe 40%.
As their numbers become smaller the rhetoric becomes nastier and the screaming gets louder.
But their numbers continue to grow smaller. Perhaps in ten years they will be 10% and have a weekly rally.

Posted by: challuch | August 28, 2010 6:31 PM

...hey, let's just listen to Palin and the failed GOP, and go back to cut taxes / cut govt that we tried for the 3 decades of the Reagan/Bush era. In fact, let's get ANOTHER big tax cut to the wealthiest as we did in 1981 and 2001.

I mean, that worked SO well to deliver Trickle Down prosperity. Almost nobody is unemployed now. And the banks and oil companies and health insurers, heck - they POLICED THEMSELVES!!! Get government out of the WAY by golly!

Abe Lincoln would have said;
"You can fool some of the people, ALL of the time"... ;^)

- Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | August 28, 2010 7:04 PM

Why has the official republican leadership been so quiet about this rally?

I truly don't care what the liberals or democrats think about this rally, they are a constant and don't affect anything outside their numbers. Even if Beck and his bunch are a bunch of racists, which I don't believe for the most part ... if all you liberals have to say sounds like the usual whining liberal noise .... then don't bother saying it and expect anybody but your own kind to listen. You people are useless when it comes to resisting the religious fanatics running this show.

Only the independents matter, and I'll tell you plain and simple -- the overtly religious nature of the the leaders of this rally are going to scare off a lot of us.

I really Really REALLY want to throw out the democrats, but if anybody running for election where I can vote had anything to do with that dominionist rally I saw today are on the ballot I'll swallow the bile as hard as I can and vote for anybody I think can beat them.

Posted by: eezmamata | August 28, 2010 8:07 PM

Being somewhat of a Beck fan, I have a problem with some of his ideas regarding "miracles". That being said, I hope this is a good thing for the country to observe. It's going to be huge, much bigger than the MSM will ever give the event credit for.
Posted by: mstone14 | August 26, 2010 9:57 AM
I wasn't going to comment on this story because I truly couldn't care less about Glenn Beck, but mstone14's post is so incredibly stupid that I feel compelled to say something. mstone14, you blithering idiot, Glenn Beck a 100% pure unadulterated product of the MSM -- he made his name on CNN, Fox News, and several national radio networks. How much more mainstream media can you get??

The reason people have a problem with Glenn Beck is not that they don't hear him loud and clear or don't appreciate that millions of people support him, it is rather that they DO hear him perfectly well and readily conclude that he is a total ignoramus. The man never got past high school. Anyone who took a college course in US history or economics can easily see just how uninformed Beck is.

The more that Beck is featured by the MSM that created him, the more people will come to understand that this self-serving jerk cares nothing about God or America. He's out to make himself millions of dollars no matter how much damage he does to political and social discourse in this country. He will die a rich man and we will all be poorer for it, but 30, 40, 50 years from now, no one will care any more about Glenn Beck that people today care about Father Coughlin, William Dudley Pelley, or Fritz Kuhn. As Samuel Johnson said, "patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel."

Posted by: Bob22003 | August 28, 2010 8:55 PM

Yet, look at the idiots that voted for the idiot in office, and his nightmare administration, with all those lunatic czars. So far the jokes on you Oblah blah supporters.

Posted by: Gina15 | August 28, 2010 11:12 PM

Can assure you that BHO will not be re-elected, and that Congress will be rid of fools like pelosi, reid, frank, dodd, thank God!

Posted by: crowne2 | August 28, 2010 11:35 PM

Wow! Its so easy to tell right from wrong, good from evil reading the comments written here. Its no wonder our country has gone to hell, the evil far out number the good. I am lucky I'll be gone soon, but I feel so sorry for my children. They will never experience just how great and wonderful America once was. I hope God and heaven are for real, from what I have read here today, thats their only hope.

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