The insanity plea and political awareness

If I was a Tea Party supporter, my head would explode:

Speaking on Friday to Fox News’ Judge Napolitano, Beck had some harsh words for the tea partiers who are now apparently rallying to the former House Speaker’s side in the wake of Herman Cain’s implosion.

“I issue a challenge to the tea party members,” Beck said. “You look at his record, you read his words… see what he believes.” If they do, he claimed, they would see “this man is a progressive, he knows he is a progressive.” His conclusion seemed to startle even Napolitano:

“So if you’ve got a big government progressive or a big government progressive in Obama, one in Newt Gingrich, one in Obama, ask yourself this Tea Party: Is it about Obama’s race? Because that’s what it appears to be to me. If you’re against him but you’re for this guy, it must be about race. It’s the policies that matter.”

Glenn Beck, the founding father of tea baggery, is raising the question of whether tea baggers are racist? Glenn Beck? The guy who said Obama hates white people? Glenn Beck? The guy who said Obama was building concentration camps?

What planet is this coming from?

A few weeks ago, David Frum, the former speechwriter for George Bush the Dumber (remember him?), wrote a column in New York Magazine asking “When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?”

Plenty of people were saying that it lost touch when David Frum was writing speeches for Bush II. But no one was listening then because the people who were saying that the right was insane were people on the left. Since the right had created an alternate reality, anything said by the left was treated as insanity or treason in the “mainstream,” while everything said by the right was treated as gospel. But the left was dealing with reality.

So now, Beck says tea baggers are racists and Frum says the GOP is insane. And we’re supposed to smack our foreheads and say, “Of course! That explains everything!”

We’re deep into a presidential selection that includes a gay-hating, history-mangler from Minnesota; a flip-flopping, wealthy weasel from Massachusetts; a man-on-dog obsessive from Pennsylvania; a pizza selling, Pokemon quoting, sexual harassing Georgian; a Texan who can’t count to three (or nine) without going into brain freeze, and an ego-maniacal serial adulterer from Georgia.

So now, the folks on the right are saying, “Hey, maybe the people I’ve surrounded myself with are loons, and they want to put one of these guys in the White House?”

Maybe there is a glimmer of sanity breaking through: A new Fox News poll says most voters think Obama will win the 2012 election. But here’s how insane that is: This is coming from Fox News.

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