W&W’s Roundup & Recap: Interpreting Beck

Glenn Beck’s weekend rally and his pastoral plunge continues to draw interpretation of what it all means. In other words, he was sufficiently vague in his speech that’s it’s more about the eye of the beholder than the Fox News star himself.

Arianna Huffington thinks that Beck has picked up where President Obama left off, noting that the large turnout at the event is a sign that the yearning for a higher purpose “has not been satisified.” She writes, “In 2006, Senator Obama warned that if progressives didn’t “reach out to evangelical Christians and other religious Americans and tell them what we stand for,” others would “fill the vacuum.” In 2010, the president’s stepping back from his promise to call us to a higher form of civic engagement means that a vacuum has been left during this historic moment of transition.”

Christopher Hitchens calls the event the “‘Waterworld’ of white self pity.” He writes, “In a rather curious and confused way, some white people are starting almost to think like a minority, even like a persecuted one. What does it take to believe that Christianity is an endangered religion in America or that the name of Jesus is insufficiently spoken or appreciated? Who wakes up believing that there is no appreciation for our veterans and our armed forces and that without a noisy speech from Sarah Palin, their sacrifice would be scorned? It’s not unfair to say that such grievances are purely and simply imaginary, which in turn leads one to ask what the real ones can be. The clue, surely, is furnished by the remainder of the speeches, which deny racial feeling so monotonously and vehemently as to draw attention.”

Beck has capitalized on all of the attention and launched his own HuffPost style website, The Blaze, with yes, Goldline as a sponsor. Today’s headline: “Explicit poetry GPS phones help illegals.”

Not Your “Land”: The surviving members of Peter, Paul & Mary are asking the National Organization for Marriage to stop playing “This Land Is Your Land” at rallies, such as the one below, saying that their positions run counter to the org’s opposition to same-sex marriage.


Pot Promo: A Sacramento TV station is apparently the first in the country to run a spot advertising medical marijuana, a prelude to what could be an air war over a California ballot initiative to legalize pot in general.

Today: Hip hop artists Cali Swag District, KIIS FM, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas are at Arleta High School for Rock the Vote’s “Democracy Class,” a new way to present civics to high school students. Rock the Vote’s Heather Smith writes about it here.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid raises money at the Hawthorne offices of SpaceX, an event hosted by its CEO Elon Musk.

Quotable: “She knows that this is going to be hard work, but she’s excited.” Bristol Palin, on what her mother Sarah thinks of her daughter’s foray onto “Dancing with the Stars.”

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