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February 22nd, 2010
04:59 PM ET

Saturday Night Beck

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Bill Bennett
National Review Online

There’s a lot to say about CPAC. This morning the major papers are highlighting Glenn Beck’s speech. I like Glenn a lot and I think he has something to teach us. But not what he offered last night.

Analogizing his own struggles with alcohol to the problems of our polity and in our politics, he said, “Hello, my name is the Republican party, and I have a problem!” “I’m addicted to spending and big government.” ”It is still morning in America.” ”It just happens to be kind of a head-pounding, hung-over, vomiting-for-four-hours kind of morning in America. And it’s shaping up to be kind of a nasty day. But it is still morning in America.” And, again, “I believe in redemption, but the first step to getting redemption is you’ve got to admit that you’ve got a problem. I have not heard people in the Republican party yet admit that they have a problem.”

Glenn is among the best talkers in the business of broadcast. I am not sure he’s a very good listener.

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  1. Cindy

    Great read Bill.

    I saw Glenn's speech and I agree with you somewhat. There are a lot of huge differences between the two parties but I do have to agree with Glenn that both sides do spend like crazy and both want to continue doing so. If that isn't the case then why did some big Rep politicians get major amounts of pork for their "causes"? If they truly wanted to change then they'd cut that out with a quickness yet we see that they aren't. That is just one area where both sides are the same when it comes to blowing our money on useless crap.

    I think Glenn hit the nail on the head, you may have a few Reps saying they are sorry and the party needs to change but until they do something to show that they have changed then we will truly never know because Bill, talk is cheap!! I want to see action.

    Cindy..Ga.

    February 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  2. Tim Gibson

    The problems of both parties are different, yet similar and it is the problem that must be addressed. Many of us do not feel that leadership in either party accepts responsiblity or has a clear plan to restore the footing of our foundation.

    A quick remodel may fetch a higher price on the market, but hidden truths can and do come back to haunt you even after the close of the deal, and the failure to disclose is perhaps the biggest problem with the machine of Washington.

    It is on longer buyer beware. It is a buyers market and proper inspection reveals hidden mold, termite damage and work that did not pass code.

    February 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm |