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Beck: Cruz May Be Our Reagan

Glenn Beck delivered a weird, stream-of-consciousness rant that began with Obama not doing enough to support gay rights at the Sochi Olympics (WHAT?), then something something Putin and Syria, and ending with a declaration that Ted Cruz may be the new Ronald Reagan. Oh, I’ll just let Right Wing Watch explain:

Imagine a scenario in which, during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next year, President Obama walked out at the front of the US Olympic team, arm-in-arm with two openly gay athletes.

How would the Religious Right react? More importantly, how would Glenn Beck react?

Based on Beck’s past reactions to things Obama has done, it is pretty safe to imagine that he’d savage Obama as an incessant narcissist, intent on making the entire opening ceremony about himself and his efforts to promote his progressive, Marxist agenda.

So it was a little confusing to listen to Beck rip Obama on his radio program today for not attending the Olympics but instead sending a presidential delegation that includes several gay athletes, claiming that he’s doing so only because he’s mad at Vladimir Putin “because he schooled you and embarrassed you on Syria.”

Calling the delegation “nursery school stuff,” Beck declared that Putin “eats people like you for breakfast” and asserted that the entire nation of Russia is “mocking you and laughing at us.”

Except that President Obama didn’t go to the London Olympics either. Was he just mad at the British prime minister then? And RWW is absolutely right. If Obama did what Beck is disingenuously demanding, he’d be savaging the president over it. Hell, the entire right wing would be up in arms about how he’s advancing the gay agenda and trying to destroy Christianity. But then things get even weirder:

But, on the bright side, Beck said that Obama’s feckless weakness is making Americans ready for a strong, decisive leader like Ronald Regan again … one who just might happen to be named Ted Cruz.

“Ted Cruz may be Ronald Reagan,” Beck said. “He may be our Ronald Reagan because that guy does not take prisoners. That guy is a thousand times smarter than 99% of the politicians I have ever met – and many of them combined. Really smart. Plays for keeps. Knows what’s true. Is clean, is ethical. I mean, that guy might be Ronald Reagan.”

Because President Ted Cruz would absolutely walk out arm-in-arm with two gay athletes during the Olympic opening ceremony!

The mind boggles.

Comments

  1. Artor says

    “Ted Cruz may be Ronald Reagan,” Beck said. “He may be our Ronald Reagan because that guy does not take prisoners. That guy is a thousand times smarter than 99% of the politicians I have ever met – and many of them combined. Really smart. Plays for keeps. Knows what’s true. Is clean, is ethical. I mean, that guy might be Ronald Reagan.”

    Seriously Beck? Reagan was a know-nothing actor with advanced Alzheimer’s. What the fuck are you talking about?

  2. colnago80 says

    Re Artor @ #1

    In fairness, there is no evidence that Ronnie the rat had advanced Alzheimer’s during his presidency.

    By the way, this merely confirms suspicions that Beck is quite round the bend.

  3. lordshipmayhem says

    Ronald Reagan is dead. Does he mean Ted Cruz has passed away too?

    Ronald Reagan had Alzheimer’s… OK I can buy Ted Cruz being the next Ronald Reagan.

    The Ronald Reagan that the Tea Party worships is a fictional being of their own creation… Ted Cruz made himself up… so that fits…

  4. Al Dente says

    a strong, decisive leader like Ronald Regan

    Regan ran away from Lebanon but, to prove his manhood, invaded Grenada the next week.

  5. says

    So, if Cruz wins the Presidency he’ll:

    -make a back door arms deal with one of America’s enemies, involved in a war with an American ally of convenience, to get around political opposition to US support of a third group involved in an insurrection elsewhere.

    -make an effort a a grand deal with one of America’s supposed main enemies, make a less grand deal that pisses off his more hardcore right wing supporters, said deal being forgotten or ignored by those same supporters when they’re busy canonising him 20 some years later.

    If the latter happens maybe we do need Cruz as Pres, as the “main enemy” would probably be Cuba, just because main enemies are kind of thin on the ground these days,. Imagine the amusing howls if Cruz “sold out” to Raoul Castro, or whoever is in charge of Cuba in three or four years.

  6. says

    I see others beat me to the punch in pointing out Reagan’s acts, but you all missed one, and it’s one I’m sure Cruz would be more than happy to do.

    Lie and sell out people as the “enemy” to further his own political career. Reagan gladly sold out actors and writers to McCarthy and his cast of clowns like Cohn.

  7. alanb says

    Please don’t mock or discourage Glenn Beck. Ted Cruz as the Republican candidate would be great for the Democrats.

  8. a_ray_in_dilbert_space says

    alanb,
    That is precisely what people were saying about Dubya in 1999. Look how well that turned out.

  9. colnago80 says

    Re left0ver1under @ #$8

    Reagan wasn’t the only one, A number of his contemporaries like Elia Kazan and Edward Dmytryk did the same. In fairness, most of those named and blacklisted were members of the Communist Party or front organizations thereof in the 1930s, most of whom left after the von Ribbentrop/Molotov pact. Just as a matter of information, I went to junior high school with the son of blacklisted Hollywood screen writer, Paul Jarrico, who was, as I recall, a member of a Communist front organization in the 1930s.

  10. alanb says

    Well, I didn’t say that about Dubya in ’99. He was an affable guy with a bankable name and everyone that I knew thought he was a serious candidate. I have seen no evidence of affability or even a personality in Cruz and, at least so far, seems to be doing his best to alienate the moderates and independents that voted for Bush.

  11. colnago80 says

    Re #11

    By the way, after the blacklist eroded, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was credited by director Otto Preminger for the screenplay for the movie Exodus. I personally observed the unAmerican Legion picketing El Ray theater in our neighborhood that screened the movie because Trumbo was the writer. Preminger was an anti-authoritarian who strongly objected to people telling him what to do.

  12. bahrfeldt says

    Cruz is Agnew. Casting away his overly ethnic sounding first name and using a fine, upstanding ‘murrican diminutive of his middle name in its stead. But at least he knows how to get free health coverage, marry it.

  13. says

    Colnago80:

    There is some argument about whether a number of those blacklisted were even aware that the orgs they were members of were commie front organizations. There is also some argument about whether the HUAC didn’t get a lot of willing “help” from the moguls who wanted to rid themselves of pesky unionists and others who challenged their control of the movie industry.

    We pretty much have HUAC, the bluenoses at the movie ratings office and greed to blame for where the movie business is today.

    Elia Kazan’s and Reagan’s situations vis-à-vis the HUAC were considerably different. Reagan was not forced to make a choice between destroying relationships, both professional and personal OR wind up on the list himself. He willingly worked with the committee, from the get-go.

  14. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Glenn Beck, I remember watching Ronnie Reagan and Ted Cruz, sir, is no Ronnie Reagan.

    – With apologies to some now forgotten British / US politician whose witty quote I’ve just yoiked and sabotaged.

  15. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @9. alanb : “Please don’t mock or discourage Glenn Beck. Ted Cruz as the Republican candidate would be great for the Democrats.”

    Be careful what you wish for – you may get it.

    The problem with political jokes is they seem to get elected rather regularly.

    I think and hope the Tea Party is now fading into politcal history and irrelevance. But I and you could be wrong.

  16. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Because President Ted Cruz would absolutely walk out arm-in-arm with two gay athletes during the Olympic opening ceremony!

    Ahhhh. I would *so* love to see Obama do just that and imagine the looks on Republican faces if he did!

  17. dingojack says

    Beck: Cruz May Be Our Reagan

    Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.” – Karl Marx (1818–1883),

    Dingo

  18. caseloweraz says

    StevoR: That was Lloyd Bentsen, in a debate with Dan Quayle.

    I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.

    It stunned Quayle — unfairly, because he had only claimed to have as much experience in the Senate as Kennedy.

    If I said I had as much time in the ring as Mohammed Ali (I don’t), no one should assume I’m claiming to be among boxing’s elite.

  19. caseloweraz says

    OK, I’ll admit it: My first thought when I read this headline was, “I didn’t know Penelope Cruz was an American citizen!”

    She isn’t, of course, having been born in Spain. Nor is she interested in politics. But I’ll wager she would make a better president than Rafael Edward Cruz.

  20. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @20. caseloweraz : Ah, that’s the one I was thinking of. Thanks.

  21. says

    Hoping that Cruz becomes the Republican nominee does entail some risk from the Democratic point of view. After all, you cannot control events in the run up to a presidential election, and you never know what might happen with the Democratic nominee.

    However, it is still pretty safe to say that the odds of Ted Cruz ever becoming President of the US are slim to none. It’s just that “slim” bit that worries me…

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