With today’s Restoring Honor rally, is Glenn Beck shifting his focus from small government libertarianism to that of religious conservative?
CNN’s Dan Gilgoff thinks so. “In discussing religious values, Beck generally speaks from a
nondenominational perspective, avoiding specifically Mormon or
“Beck’s religious rhetoric appears to counter the prevailing
conventional wisdom that the power of religious conservatives has been
eclipsed by the Tea Party movement’s small-government conservatives.”
It’s hard to believe that Beck would morph into a Huckabee-like conservative, with less emphasis on big government than on social issues. Rather, it’s an effort to find common ground in both camps, particularly if religious conservatives feel they’re getting left in the dust as the Tea Party emphasizes government spending and Obamacare and more conservatives (including Beck himself) deemphasize issues like defeating gay marriage as a priority. It’s also a reminder of the organizational strength of the evangelical movement, which undoubtedly overlaps with the Tea Party movement but is a more established network.