GLENN: We got the news last night, how appropriate, it will be on the New York Times list for the July 4th weekend premiering at No. 1. It’s driving the New York Times crazy. It’s driving every author crazy. It is driving every pseudohistorian and I say pseudohistorian because I think they have so twisted history, they don’t even know what’s true anymore, that the books that we talk about on the show go to No. 1.
PAT: Now, you mean your book debuts at No. 1 except for, like, the Ed Schultz book, right, because surely the Ed Schultz back, there’s such excitement on that –
GLENN: There’s no reason to do this.
PAT: There is such hysteria and high exposure surrounding this book of Ed Schultz which is called – I don’t want to insult your intelligence by telling you the name of it, but, I mean, surely other than his book?
GLENN: There’s no reason to do this. There’s no reason to do this.
STU: See, this is unfair because this is Glenn’s first week of release and Ed Schultz has been out for several weeks.
PAT: For several weeks
STU: And, you know –
PAT: Let’s take the combined number of books sold
STU: I think maybe we should look at this particular week because Ed almost – now, he did not quite, and I can’t give him full credit for this, but he sold over 90% of a thousand copies this week.
The Overton Window, a thriller by Glenn Beck
PAT: Over 90% of a thousand?
PAT: That’s over – that’s 900 books?
STU: Well, it was 1 book over that. So, he’s 901 books he’s sold.
STU: And that’s unfair because this is his fourth week of release. So, you have to really look at the entire picture and look at the vast amount of books he’s sold since it was released.
PAT: Which, of course, is 300,000ish.
STU: He has now exceeded 100%, Pat, of 4009 books.
PAT: 4009? Woo hoo! Wow!
GLENN: We don’t wish other people ill.
PAT: No, we don’t. Who said anything about that? Who said anything about wishing anything? We are applauding his incredible effort. I will not have you disrepresenting what we’ve been doing the last minute and a half.
GLENN: We do not revel in someone else’s pathetic, pathetic showing.
STU: Wait a minute.
PAT: That took a turn there, didn’t it?
GLENN: We don’t do that. No. Seriously. There’s no reason.
PAT: It’s interesting, because he’s out there making some incredible statements that make so much sense.
PAT: I can’t believe people aren’t rushing to buy – like what he said night before night about the McChrystal thing.
VOICE: People like this should be absolute read meat politically for the Republicans and the conservative media in this country that hates Obama, anyway. He’s given Dick Cheney and all of his cronies all the ammunition in the world to go on a summer offensive against the President’s policies. Whose side is everybody on? This is America.
PAT: Do you love that
GLENN: Oh, my gosh.
PAT: Back in the day when Bush and Shinseki was going against the policies and he did it at a congressional hearing and he went against the policy of the President, I don’t remember Ed having a real big problem with this and saying we’re all Americas, Why can’t Shinseki get with us?
VOICE: We are at war, aren’t we? This was a stupid move by McChrystal. So, once again, here’s President Obama, he has to fix yet another problem he inherited from the Bush administration.
GLENN: Wait a minute. By the way, this man’s books sold? What a dope.
STU: Wait, wait. What does that mean inherited?
PAT: Yeah. He didn’t inherit McChrystal. McChrystal was Obama’s appointment.
STU: Yeah. That doesn’t make any sense at all.
GLENN: No, no, no. The war.
PAT: Is it the war he’s talking about?
STU: The war after September 11th, that’s
VOICE: — the President to step up, stand up, take charge, and fire this jackass General McChrystal.
GLENN: This jackass, this jackass. This is from the group of people that called Petraeus General Betray Us and now a jackass. Unbelievable.
PAT: Oh, and now the appointment of Petraeus is just — what was the word?
VOICE: It sounds like a pretty brilliant decision, really.
VOICE: This is nothing less than a stunning development, Brian, and, quite frankly, at a quick glance, almost brilliant.
VOICE: Politically in this town, it’s going to be seen as a brilliant choice by the President.
VOICE: Politically a very brilliant move to tap General Petraeus.
PAT: So, what are their feelings about that? I mean, I was confused there. Was there a memo that went out?
GLENN: General Betray Us and now it’s a brilliant move.
PAT: And none of these guys were saying – were any of these guys saying, Hey, how could you possibly call him? Was it Media Matters that did that? How could you possibly call him General Betray Us? It was Media Matters – moveon.org.
GLENN: Same thing.
PAT: And nobody was defending him there. Nobody was calling him brilliant there. Nobody was saying, Wait a minute. They is America. Can’t we be Americans and come together in a war effort? Now all of the sudden, but it’s completely different, too.
STU: That’s the same man who sold over 4,000 books a month.
PAT: That’s a pretty good tune. It’s very good. It’s very good.
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