"Who is Glenn Beck?
• An opportunistic, glib, modern-day Elmer Gantry, a provocateur for profit who calls the president a racist and is in the midst of one of the most public 12-step addiction recoveries ever (as columnist Kathleen Parker hypothesized)?
• Or is he the voice of a powerful surge of average, patriotic, unselfish Americans who think their government has gotten too big and their God too small in the public square?"
Eugene Robinson outs our quick fix, "spoiled brat" reactivity:
"Republicans got the back of the electorate's hand in 2006 and 2008; Democrats will feel the sting this November. By 2012, it will probably be the GOP's turn to get slapped around again.
The nation demands the impossible: quick, painless solutions to long-term, structural problems. While they're running for office, politicians of both parties encourage this kind of magical thinking. When they get into office, they're forced to try to explain that things aren't quite so simple..."