[T]he role Glenn Beck is playing is harmful in its totality. My hunch is that he is a comet blazing across the media sky right now-and will soon flame out. Whether he does or not, he isn't the face or disposition that should represent modern-day conservatism.I suppose the "face" and "disposition" Wehner wants is somebody more like him. You know, the "Mama Wouldn't Let Me Play Football" type who resents real ability and real success, because he's never had any.
If you want to know what's wrong with the conservative movement, take a look at Peter Wehner's biography:
Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Wehner was executive director for policy for Empower America, a conservative public-policy organization. Mr. Wehner also served as a special assistant to the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and, before that, as a speech writer for then-Secretary of Education Bill Bennett.In other words, the David Kuo type. They spend years as second-teamers in the GOP policy hive, writing other people's speeches, going from job to job, hired on the basis of being a Republican with good recommendations. Sooner or later, they become envious of people who are actually out there doing something. It is this envy that informs their elitist disdain of the conservative grassroots and of anyone who is genuinely popular with the grassroots, like Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh.
Lords of all they survey -- so long as what they survey is a Beltway think-tank policy shop -- the ambitious policy geeks look at somebody like Glenn Beck and say, "Hey, why is this bozo on TV? He's never attended any Heritage briefings and I never see him at the Wednesday morning meetings at Grover's!"
The GOP establishment in Washington has a surfeit of such parasitical careerists, who think that the Republican Party is about them, and not about all those millions of grassroots people who are, in fact, the conservative movement.
Wehner's attack on Beck is framed as if the problem is political or ideological, but in fact the problem is Wehner's own envy and ambition, which poisons his soul. And we know where that kind of attitude leads.
"Herewith, a brief primer," indeed!
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