Glenn Beck did his weekly appearance on The O'Reilly Factor last night, and was waxing philosophic about the virtues of astroturfed teabaggers showing up to disrupt town hall meetings on health care. It's all good as far as Glenn's concerned, so long as folks are bashing President Obama.
This is because, as far as Beck is concerned, the nation under Obama is in dire straits. He keeps calling it "the most dangerous time that I have personally witnessed in my country's history."
Bill O'Reilly then tried to dig into this animus:
O'Reilly: Now, Clinton -- moderate Democrat? Liberal Democrat?
Beck: Yeah, I think he is, because he's a survivalist. So the country is centered --
O'Reilly: So in your opinion, he didn't post a threat to America.
Beck: No, I think -- I think he made some mistakes that were --
O'Reilly: But everybody makes those.
Beck: But everybody makes mistakes.
O'Reilly: But he didn't post a threat, but Obama does pose a threat, in your opinion.
O'Reilly: You just said that this was the worst time in the Republic. So he must pose a threat.
Beck: Yeah. I do think that.
But you know what, I can't blame all of that on Barack Obama. I do pin some of that on George W. Bush and the Republicans. When I had a real -- my first time ever, when somebody tells me they're going to protect our country, and they care about security, and then they don't do anything about our southern border, I say, 'Wait wait wait. What is that?'
O'Reilly: Yeah, it was a wakeup call.
Beck: 'You're in bed with corporate cronies. You're doing something.'
O'Reilly: That was bad, no doubt.
Beck: So that caused problems, that was the beginning of it. Bush did the bailouts. He started the TARP fund.
O'Reilly: Yeah, but he had to.
Beck: He starts with the TARP. Now Obama is just taking us light speed. So I don't see this as just Obama. I see this as a political culture that is toxic to the Republic.
I think we're all starting to see just whose political culture is the toxic one, folks. And it isn't Obama's.