Glenn Beck choked up while introducing Sarah Palin on his very first Fox Noise TV show, saying that “before the media circus, before all the political bull-crap. Sarah Palin was just a mom of five doing a job that needed to be done. She was my kind of leader.” … When John McCain selected her as his running-mate, Beck and his co-host, “Stu,” declared that one of the reasons to support her was because “she’s hot.” Those two things should have offered clues as to why Beck was for Ms. Palin, when so many of us foolishly thought someone that close to the button should at least be able to tell a TV reporter what they read.
Now, Beck has dismissed the idea of joining a Sarah Palin 2012 ticket, because apparently she’s not hot enough, and doesn’t get him emotional enough, for him to deign to be her second-fiddle. She can, of course, make him a sandwich and get him a beer (as long as she does it without too much “yapping.” From ThinkProgress:
In recent days, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has indicated that she may be open to a conservative presidential dream ticket in 2012: Palin-Beck (or Beck-Palin). “I can envision a couple of different combinations, if ever I were to be in a position to really even seriously consider running for anything in the future, and I’m not there yet,” Palin told Newsmax. “But Glenn Beck I have great respect for. He’s a hoot.” Fox and Friends plugged the idea yesterday morning and asked Palin whether she would run with Beck. She kept the door open, saying, “I don’t know. We’ll see, we’ll see.”
But just a few hours later on his radio show, Beck shot down the idea, saying he was “absolutely” ruling out a Palin-Beck ticket. He explained that if he had the number two job, Palin would always be “yapping” like they were in “the kitchen”:
BECK: I don’t think things are hoots. I don’t. I don’t think it’s a hoot. I would never use the word hoot, and I respectfully ask that every time my name is brought up she would stop using the word “hoot.” [...]
No, no I’m just saying — Beck-Palin, I’ll consider. But Palin-Beck — can you imagine, can you imagine what an administration with the two of us would be like? What? Come on! She’d be yapping or something, and I’d say, “I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.”
Stu tries to save him by saying “you’d have to live up to the evil conservative stereotypes,” but it’s clear from Beck’s one-word response that he was serious about the kitchen thing. Listen:
But wait, there’s more! Prior the above segment, which has caught fire on the left end of the blogosphere, but intriguingly, not on the right … Beck had even more blunt words for the “thrilla from Wasila” …
“First of all, let me rule that out. Palin/Beck? Ridiculous…I was just thinking, what I’m gonna take backseat to a chick? While you’re at it, go shoot a bear! Make some stew! I’m hungry in here.”
Beck is either testing the boundaries between Palin devotion and conservative sexism (remember, this is a crowd that laments the fact that women have the right to vote, and Beck himself is a Mormon, whose belief system essentially states that a woman’s pubescent son has more authority over her than she has over him …) or he’s revealing an ugly truth: his original attraction to Ms. Palin — the fact that she’s a mother, has a special needs child and is a “traditional” woman, plus the fact that she’s hot, really is all that ties people like him to the former Alaska governor. But for those things, even they know Sarah’s got nothing to offer as a potential president (GOPers have been struggling lately to say something nice about her intellect.) They don’t love her because she’s a qualified, serious leader. They love her because she reinforces their view of women, and because they think she’s hot. Other than that? She can pretty much get in the kitchen, throw on a pair of biking shorts, and make her man a sandwich. (Or her president, if America should be so crazy and so stupid, as to send anyone to the White House with her on the ticket.)
I think it’s a fair guess that the majority of winger men would vote for Sarah as the number two in a heartbeat, but not as the number one. So … where are the Malkins and Coulters and Ingrahams on the right who will call Beck out for his sexist insults of Sister Sarah? Waiting … waiting … and how wil the teabaggers, Palinites and 9/12ers respond? Up to now, they have been one, crazy Klan. So whom to choose when daddy disses mommy? The plot thickens.
Meanwhile, what say the various body parts of what the DB calls the “populist frankenstein?” Are they coming down as 9/12ers or Palinites?
Dan Riehl, who so far is the only rightie to mention the episode that I can find, chides Beck, and says he shouldn’t be taken seriously as “political leader of some kind.”
Nothing so far on the Free Republic, zilch from HotAir (though they do post a link to Beck telling members of the military not to re-enlist because a nig– … sorry, because Barack Obama … is president… the jihadis at RedState are ignoring this one, too. Too much cognitive dissonance for them, apparently.
UPDATE: Mediaite (the Dan Abrams vehicle that like him, leans right,) gives Beck a comedy pass, even though there’s no set-up for the supposed bit to indicate that he doesn’t mean it. Besides, if it was a joke, who was it meant to be funny to? Surely not Palin supporters, unless Beck is encouraging them to laugh at and mock their own leader (which is really the rest of our job, Glenn…) or maybe just conservative men, who I guess enjoy a good laugh at a “chick’s” expense, even if they do think she should be president of the United States. Either way, I don’t follow Mediate’s reasoning.
And at the risk of defending Ms. Palin, who I’m on record as believing is an unintelligent, unintelligible, arrogant yet entirely unserious invention of right wing male adolescence, I don’t think she belongs in the kitchen. The farther she stays away from the Cuisinart, the longer the moose get to live.