I never thought I’d quote Glenn Beck, but there’s a first time for everything.
The moron of mid-morning radio (and now the interwebs too) actually said something I can agree with. Well, OK, it was only a fraction of the entire quote in which he ragged on Sen. Marco Rubio for supporting immigration reform and accused him of being a (gasp!) progressive Republican. As a Floridian, I can promise you that there is nothing progressive about Mr. Rubio. Anyway, Glenny said
“Get away! Get away! Otherwise, brother, we’re going to have to send you away.”
The rest of it was just funny. I’d post the video clip here, but really don’t want to give him the clicks. Instead, here’s more of the insanity as transcribed by Raw Story:
I agree with my wife on every other issue, except that I should be faithful to her,” Beck joked on Thursday. “Okay, so, I’m cheating on her with Chuck Schumer, alright? But what?”
The conservative radio host also seem outraged that Rubio had said that he wanted to fix problems in this “special” country.
“What are we in the short bus? Are we a little handicapped country?” Beck said, mocking the voice of a learning disabled person. “Trying to help this special country. Look how special it is. I want to help it.”
“What a piece of garbage this guy is!” he added. “You’re dealing with radicals, revolutionaries and communists. Have you seen what they’ve done to the rest of the country? How can you possibly sit in the same room with those people? You are becoming those people! You are becoming a progressive Republican! Get away! Get away!”
“Otherwise, brother, we’re going to have to send you away.”
Unfortunately, I take exception to Chuck Schumer’s choice of words too. As I was falling asleep Thursday night to the soothing sounds of Stephen Colbert, he brought on Senator Chuck Schumer to talk about the passage of the immigration bill in the Senate earlier in the day (which was a bit confusing as this segment was recorded long before the actual vote was taken)…
The part I have a problem with comes in at the 6:34 mark. Have a listen:
Really Chuck? Illegals? No one on your staff or in the rest of the gang of 8 told you that the word “illegals” is derogatory? Wow. We’ve still got a very long way to go!
On the show this morning, I brought us up to date on the news since we last spoke… and, as it’s Monday, I was joined by Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars to fill us in on what happened on the Sunday talking head shows in a segment we call “Fools on the Hill”
It’s rare that you know that you are living in a historical moment, an instant at which future generations will point and say this is when everything changed. But last week was unquestionably a historical week. And with so many other moments in time, conservatives were on the wrong side of history.
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that DOMA violated the Equal Protection Clause in the Constitution, the fight for marriage equality nationally is inevitable. There are no rational justifications from treating same sex couples as second-class citizens. But that doesn’t stop the Sunday news show producers from booking bigots and religious zealots on to keep pleading to continue their intolerance. So This Week asked NOM President Brian Brown on to complain about being deprived of being able to deprive others of their rights. And Rachel Maddow points out on Meet the Press that discriminating against gay people doesn’t actually stop gay people from being gay.
Texas state senator Wendy Davis made an amazing one person filibuster, successfully preventing the Republican majority in the state from instituting some draconian measures, effectively ending women’s access to abortions. Predictably, Republicans have gone after Davis. Governor Rick Perry made some really patronizing and misogynistic comments about Davis’ personal story, which Davis was asked about on This Week. Davis, who is rumored to be considering a run for governor, smartly deflected the personal issue and pointed out that Perry is getting personal with ALL Texan women. Meanwhile, Peggy “Drunk before” Noon-an worried that poor little Wendy was getting over her young head with all this baby killing. No, really.
Tea party Republican Trey Gowdy doesn’t let facts get in the way of a good bloodlust fantasy. Even though it’s come out that the IRS were not targeting conservative groups but political groups of all stripes for improper use of 501(c)4 status, that doesn’t mean that Gowdy wouldn’t like to go all Jack Bauer on some IRS agents.
And finally, while the media keeps distracting Americans from the real issues on the NSA story with silly distractions like whether Glenn Greenwald or Edward Snowden are heroes or criminals, Government Accountability Project Director Jesselyn Radack zeroed in on the real issues of why we shouldn’t trust when the government assures us that the surveillance is legal.