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Many on the right are worried about Beck’s ascendancy. Peter Wehner, a former political adviser to President Bush, recently wrote that Beck is “harmful to the conservative movement” because he’s “erratic,” “bizarre,” and is too interested in “conspiracy theories.” Rush Limbaugh recently suggested to Politico that Beck’s role in promoting the 9/12 protest was “cheap and disingenuous.” And MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said conservatives need to call out Beck’s “hatred.”
But here's something that Mark Levin seems to have forgotten - the modern conservative movement is predicated on promoting fear, hatred, ignorance, and embracing as many gimmicks as possible. It's about making money and not actually making a difference. Modern conservatives want to revert to a past that wasn't quite the glorious experience that they claim it was. They are about regressive policies, actions, and words. What Levin is railing against is his own inability to capture and audience the way that Beck does.
As the rhetoric of Beck, and those like him, is begining to morph into actions ( like the recent murder of a census worker in Kentucky ) will it be long until the fringe-right completely seperates themselves from Beck, or will they embrace his tactic and his particular brand of ideological radicalism as their own. They have skirted this particular style for years, and it appears that they are upset that someone had the sand to take the next step before them.