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Actually, I don’t know Peter Wehner and have not been authorized to pronounce official anathemas on behalf of the Conservative Movement. What’s the point of ex-communicating heretics if (a) nobody pays attention to you because (b) you’re not actually the Pope?
However, from the Olympian heights, Wehner/Zeus hurls this thunderbolt:
You can actually go read Zeus’s entire anti-Beck encyclical, or not. The remarkable thing is the atavistic impulse: “Hey, you know what the conservative movement needs? A purge! And I say we start with a successful talk-radio host, the most popular new personality on cable TV, the guy whose book is now No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list!” Some excerpts of the Wehnerian anti-Beck anathema:
I don’t pretend to be an expert on Beck. In the past I assumed he was a typical figure in the pundit and cable-media world. Only recently have I watched portions of his television program, as well as interviews with him, and heard parts of his radio program. And what I’ve seen should worry the conservative movement.
I say that because he seems to be more of a populist and libertarian than a conservative, more of a Perotista than a Reaganite… .
[T]he role Glenn Beck is playing is harmful in its totality. My hunch is that he is a comet blazing across the media sky right now-and will soon flame out. Whether he does or not, he isn’t the face or disposition that should represent modern-day conservatism.
As opposed to Peter Wehner, who is the face and disposition that should represent modern-day conservatism but who, alas, doesn’t have a No. 1 book, a hit Fox News program or a successful talk-radio show.
However, Wehner is supremely qualified for leadership, on the basis of …? Oh, wait, I’ve got it! Along with Michael Gerson, Wehner co-authored a 5,000-word opus entitled “The Path to Republican Revival,” which attracted widespread notice, prompting one critic to call it “a Brompton cocktail of bad writing in service of bad ideas, a surefire formula for Republican suicide.”
That treatise will live in infamy for a single four-word sentence that sums up the essence of the Gerson-Wehner ideology: “Herewith, a brief primer.”
Who is more “harmful to the conservative movement”? The exciting populist Beck or the boring elitist Wehner?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?