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Glenn Beck: McCain Would Have Been Worse Than Obama

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Katie Couric picked a traffic magnet for her inaugural installment of @katiecouric, a new weekly "Web show" from the CBS Evening News anchor.

Fox News host Glenn Beck, whose ratings and profile have soared this year as he has pummeled the Obama administration and become a rabble-rousing protest organizer, once again demonstrated his flair for creating viral new media moments, if the widely reproduced advance video excerpt from the show is any indication.

"John McCain would have been worse for the country than Barack Obama," Beck told Couric. He also said that he might have cast his vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton rather than McCain if he had been faced with a choice between the two.

"I can't believe I'm saying this, I think I would have much preferred her as president and may have voted for her against John McCain," Beck said, explaining that in his world view "McCain is this weird progressive like Theodore Roosevelt was."

Progressivism is a topic of great interest to Beck and one of the many political ideologies he often criticizes, drawing a line connecting contemporary liberalism to the progressivism of the Republican Roosevelt.

The full show will air online at 7 pm on Tuesdays.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 22, 2009; 6:14 PM ET
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I wish those of you that give negative comments toward Glenn Beck, or others that you wish to call racists and liars, would put your money where your filthy mouth is and prove them wrong. If you're a liberal, you are probably embarrassed by his proof and facts about what he has and is discovering about your wonderful leaders. Disagreeing with an opinion he may have i.e., John McCain, is one thing, denying the facts i.e., audio and video, documented history, paper trails, etc.., makes you an idiot. Prove him wrong then state your facts.

Posted by: jimsaugustrush | September 26, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

i watch fox news to get some entertainment.
it is definitely not a credible news channel. not sure which side is worse, the fox news actors or their loyal followers.

Posted by: joejunior1234 | September 26, 2009 3:45 AM | Report abuse

McCain will recover or probably not even care who Beck would vote for. It is typical Beck. A promotional way to make a point. Great marketing scheme scrabble the true message in a cute phrase. Beck is a sensationalist - an entertainer. I don't take him seriously.

Posted by: larrym3047 | September 26, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Who really cares who Glenn Beck would vote for? I seen him on TV and he quite the sensationalist. His comments and take on the news and the world in general are not that interesting or insightful. I don't see what the big deal is with him.

Posted by: larrym3047 | September 26, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

The thing I find so fascinating about the last dozen or so posts is that all anyone has to say is to insult Glenn Beck, not what he actually stands for, just him as a person. How terribly pathetic it is that in order to make you feel that you are “winning” an argument, you have to resort to name calling. If any of you ever thought to actually put your bias aside you may actually learn something, but then again for people who purposely misspell a name and think you’ve “really made your point” the truth would certainly fall on deaf ears. Next time, how about not waste everyone’s time with your hate mongering and actually attempt to debunk his opinion with facts, although I am sure saying “Beck has a fat face to match his fat head” is really going to gain some traction and get your message out!

Posted by: mfreedomfighter | September 25, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

The thing I find so fascinating about the last dozen or so posts is that all anyone has to say is to insult Glenn Beck, not what he actually stands for, just him as a person. How terribly pathetic it is that in order to make you feel that you are “winning” an argument, you have to resort to name calling. If any of you ever thought to actually put your bias aside you may actually learn something, but then again for people who purposely misspell a name and think you’ve “really made your point” the truth would certainly fall on deaf ears. Next time, how about not waste everyone’s time with your hate mongering and actually attempt to debunk his opinion with facts, although I am sure saying “Beck has a fat face to match his fat head” is really going to gain some traction and get your message out!

Posted by: mfreedomfighter | September 25, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

NoDebris,

People should take Beck's intellect seriously. It takes intelligence and creativity to take a complex subject (like Acorn's Sphere of Influence) and dumb it down enough (simplify it) so that even the Liberals indoctrinated at Socialist schools can understand it.

Posted by: tinaweha | September 25, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck is the only person on TV who is a real person. The rest (on all stations) are robots.

Just like the robots in DC who have all become corrupted and broken.

Posted by: tinaweha | September 25, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

GLenn is shaking things up, and the liberal stooges cant handle it. "O" said we would have change and Beck is calling out and warning the people the change that we are in for isnt what we want. I know their are liberal wackos on here that would love for us to be china or cuba, but the majority of Americans like their individual freedoms and the ability to earn their living and live the way they see fit. Go Beck!

Posted by: cwaggy | September 24, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing new for Beck or FoxNews. The article certainly doesn't give any useful information on Beck's history. Glenn Beck has been against McCain since at least January of 2008, 22 months ago. And Ann Coulter was against McCain before the Democratic nomination was announced. She said she would campaign for Hillary if McCain was selected as the Republican nominee. Glenn Beck himself has said that he doesn't mean everything he says, but I bet this time he does.

Posted by: mprasmussen | September 23, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

O.M.G. I hope he read his contract with FAUX NEWS because this goes against everything they preach day after day. What will Hannity, Silly Ann and Drugball have to say about this.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | September 23, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

What is so disconcerting about Beck for folks who read the Post is that he is willing to say exactly what he believes, based on what he has researched. I suppose he could be a more likable conservative if he pulled back some. It's rare for someone to be true to himself and to what he believes and express it all with a positive disposition. It's the formula that gets to the Left like nothing else.

Posted by: duck5 | September 23, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Beck is definitely an idiot, Obama is definitely a socialist and a racist, Palin would have definitely been better than Biden, almost anyone would have been a better choice than Hillary, 95% of the population would have been a better choice for the Supreme Court than a racist Latino, nutty and Communist Czars are not a good idea, and Mrs. Obama is not a beautiful fashion icon. These are things I believe to be true. So, if McCain would have done worse than this, he is REALLY bad!!!!!!!!

Posted by: osbuck | September 23, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow. So McCain would have been worse than a communist nazi racist? Interesting. I don't see why people don't take Beck's intellect seriously.

Posted by: nodebris | September 23, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting. Beck and his acolyte, Pestritto, hate progressives, perhaps because the great progressives, who have contributed so much to American history, recognize that the Constitution was a very enlightened document whose signers knew would have to evolve as times passed and posed new, unforeseen problems.

I have called myself a "progressive" for some 50 years - - partly because I am aware of its profound intellectual roots and partly because liberals have come to be seen as well intentioned folks who were all too willing to compromise and equivocate. As a modern progressive I believe changing conditions require changing interpretations of the Constitution. And I believe government must do far more to protect the happiness and well being of our citizenry, because private institutions and enterprises fail to do so.

In frontier days less government was necessary; today it would be grossly inadequate. E.g., health care needs serious reform precisely because private delivery of health care has not fully succeeded, and has brought a cornucopia of lacunae and evils that only government intervention can protect against.

I worked for Obama's election because I thought he was a true progressive; now I am not so sure. He is certainly a brilliant and capable president, infinitely better than poor McCain could have been, but he settles for a middle ground where we need a revolution.

Posted by: ejmurphy414 | September 23, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

wow another person who does not have a clue. McCain would not be hiring tax evaders, racists, and people with limited brain power to run the country or paying off criminal organizations for getting him elected. So sad that the media is as no brain as half the country and they dont just report all the news. Instead they only report what helps their liberal agenda. Even with the tainted news people are finally starting to realize what a hair brain liar we have as president.

Posted by: tchenn | September 23, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

See, here's something else I disagree with Glenn Beck about : )

McCain would have been much better for the country, especially if Romney was Treasury Secretary.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I believe this is the first -- and only -- time I have agreed with Glenn Beck. Having McCain as President now is a mind blowing thought with our financial system still so fragile. We'd probably be much worse off than we are, as well as be in 2 or 3 more wars with the draft back in place.

Posted by: sherrycn | September 23, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Couric would have had more impact had she done to Beck, live, on her evening news show, what Edward R. Murrow did to Sen. Joe McCarthy more than five decades ago -- expose him once and for all as a fraud and a demagogue.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 23, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I think I've discovered what makes Theodore Roosevelt a "weird progressive". This is from Roosevelt's statement about his "Square Deal".
"Now, this means that our government, National and State, must be freed from the sinister influence or control of special interests. Exactly as the special interests of cotton and slavery threatened our political integrity before the Civil War, so now the great special business interests too often control and corrupt the men and methods of government for their own profit. We must drive the special interests out of politics... The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant and not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man's making shall be the servant and not the master of the man who made it. The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have themselves called into being."

Now that is really weird, isn't it? No, actually, I'd say it's prophetic.

Posted by: twm1 | September 23, 2009 4:26 AM | Report abuse

What I find to be most offensive about Glenn Beck (as well as Limbaugh, Palin and others from that wing of the conservative movement) is they refuse to acknowledge their real intellectual forerunners: the Anarchists of the late 19th century and the 20th centuries. The Individual has greater worth than organized society. While there is legitimate debate over the amount of control the government (or state) should have, it is still necessary for people to be free, there needs to be organization.

The Beck, Limbaugh, Palin brand of conservatism insists on no limit on the individual: it is a case of "Reality and Truth is what I deem it to be" as is witnessed by Palin's Bridge to Nowhere psuedo-rejection, Beck's attempt to show how current Democrats are the intellectual decendents of Nazism, Socialism and Communism, and Limbaugh's Operation Chaos....

Posted by: charst46 | September 23, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

(sorry for the double post... I had to clean up a mistake that made me look uneducated!)

Mr. Beck is so provocative because he is absolutely reasonable. It is so interesting to note just how far left so many respondents are and the utter dismay they have for a man who does nothing more than show reason and logic.

Also funny is the claim of the left that the right is so 'uneducated'. Really? I think you mean 'unindoctrinated'.

Posted by: CARealist | September 23, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Beck is so provocative because he is absolutely reasonable. It is so interesting to note just how far left so many respondents are and the utter dismay they have for a man who does nothing more than show reason and logic.

Also funny is the claim of the left that the rights is so 'uneducated'. Really? I think you mean 'unindoctrinated'

Posted by: CARealist | September 23, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Anyone ever had a brain drain? America..including you republicans out there..haven't we had just about enough of talk radio, spitting out hate and fear, telling lies, pointing fingers? Glen(I know it's spelled glenn but I don't care)Beck, Hannety, Limbaugh, are NOBODIES. They mock, they spread hate, they divide America, and they are most certainly un-patriotic, self-centered sleeze balls that want to just keep the ball rolling and the cash register cha chining by fooling those that listen into thinking they actually have a brain and know everything. It isn't President Obama who's the JOKER, it's those out there that have nothing better to do with there live that hate and spread fear that are the JOKERS..and someone like Beck is your master. Wake up, get a life, turn off Fox news, turn off the radio, and become part of the solution and not the problem.

Posted by: kubrickstan | September 23, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

That Glen has a rabid following shows the low education level of this country. One constituency that would have loved McPops is the rich - he promised he would keep their Bush tax cuts and then he promised the wealthy (he would of course he giving his wife and himself the tax cuts) he would give them another tax cut.

When Republicans get desperate about the economy their solution is to immediately give rich people billions of dollars. If that does not work (as it didn't with Bush) the next answer is to give the already rich people (poor souls they are) another massive tax cut.

Posted by: Mnnngj | September 23, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Beck is a symptom, not a cause. Oh sure, he spews and his fawning audience laps it up and gets even dumber, although that scarcely seems possible. But don't give him too much credit--he merely reflects our idiocracy.

DO give him credit for being a savvy self-promoter, though. He's getting rich while most of the rest of us are not. I mean, it takes some kind of talent (although not the good kind) to come up with the McCain thing. Wow! Kinda takes your breath away!

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | September 22, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

So T. Roosevelt was a "weird progressive." Looks like a bran new political category to me. I wonder what the ever-creative Beck means by that one. But I'm probably expecting too much by thinking he might have a coherent idea.

Posted by: twm1 | September 22, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

The most important think we learned from Glenn Beck's interview was how much smarter and credible Katie Couric is than Glenn.

Posted by: wow12 | September 22, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

This guy is an entertainer. I don't view anything he says with any credibility. He has this ultra-conservative view of America which makes him despise McCain worse than he despises Obama. He doesn't know how McCain would have governed. No president knows how they are going to govern once he or she sits in that Oval Office. McCain would have done some good things like Obama has done some good things. I think McCain would have gotten healthcare quicker than Obama because the Democrats would have reached out to him more because McCain is a moderate. McCain would have been more moderate than Obama because the Democrats control Congress. Obama is seen as too liberal and governing too far to the left. All president do that when their party has control of Congress. They tend to get greedy and lick their chops. You know what know one will no. Beck is an idiot and should have been fired by FOXnews for calling the president a racist.

Posted by: jharris3 | September 22, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Why does the Wash Post or anyone else care what this racist lunatic has to say about anything?

Posted by: maat523 | September 22, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

How confused is this going to make all the wingnut stooges who hang on Beck's every word? It'd be one thing if he'd said something like "McCain sucks, we wanted PALIN!" But saying he would have considered voting for Hillary Clinton? His viewers' heads are going to explode.

Posted by: gmg22 | September 22, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I think I will choose to watch Tom Delay on "Dancing w/the Stars"...Just as freaky as watching Glenn Beck but with the addition of some really attractive female dancers to void the distraction of a Tom Delay.

Unfortunately, Couric doesn't do the same for Beck!

Posted by: Citi_Street | September 22, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow~ we all really need to sit up and pay attention to this idiot beck but that said macsame would have been worse than just about anyone due to his war loving mind set.Both mccain and beck need intense mental help, anyone listening to them yak nonsense can easily see that

Posted by: smorrow | September 22, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Nothing sends my finger to the mute button faster than this pasty-faced actor for Murdoch.

Posted by: expat2MEX | September 22, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

McCain would be better than Beck at anything.

Beck is such a complete hypocritical idiot it is beyond the Outer Limits to infinity and beyond!

He claims Obama is a racist solely out to settle old racial scores but that's better than McCain being like Teddy Roosevelt?!?

So now he's trashing Teddy Roosevelt?

Who does he like? Millard Fillmore? James Buchanan? No, maybe Jefferson Davis?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | September 22, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

beck thinks any statement he makes will garner headlines,when will the media see this loud mouth lout for what he is.
beck is a drunken family values repug whose 15 min. should be over, and probably will when his cheating on his wife with a cute young thing male or female come to light.

Posted by: ninnafaye | September 22, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Beck is like a mass of cancer cells on the body politic. Just deprive him of sustenance (attention) and he'll dry up and blow away.

Posted by: gce1356 | September 22, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I agreed with Beck. McCain is useless for all American, except illegal alien.

Posted by: leftist | September 22, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Beck also has a fat face to match his fat head.

Posted by: rbsellers | September 22, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Even a blind squirrel can find an acorn in the snow occasionally....or....even a Glenn Beck can find a nugget of truth in a truckload of facts on occasion.

Posted by: benighse | September 22, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

It's only a matter of time before Beck goes totally off the rails.

He's paid millions of dollars to be Rupert Murdock's sockpuppet saying things he knows are BS.

Posted by: republican_disaster | September 22, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

So Beck prefers Socialism to Progressivism?

He is so outside the mainstream. A self-proclaimed circus clown. He'll say whatever he thinks will get ratings. A Howard Stern of the far-right. I don't know which is worse. That Fox puts him on the air, that he has a following of any kind or that the "Liberal, in the tank for Obama" media gives him any traction at all.

Isn't his 15 minutes of fame over yet?

Posted by: thebobbob | September 22, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

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