A few days ago, I suggested that the Republican Party elite are trying to put the visibly crazy members of their party in mothballs in the run-up to the 2012 Campaign. One can tell this by watching the actions of the Official Party Organ, Pravda Foxnewskaya, in much the same way that Kremlinologists of yore would watch Official Party Publications.
Well, here we go again. Glenn Beck will end his show “some time this year,” but most likely far in advance of the end of his contract in December. The Times story suggests that Beck was an arrogant jerk and a pain in the ass to deal with, which is no doubt true, but so is O’Reilly. That’s not the point: Beck still leads his time slot by far.
The point is that the Party is preparing for elections, Pravda Foxnewskaya is simply part of the organization, and is doing its part. It has even given Beck a sinecure. All smoothly done.