So it seems like Glenn has stirred up a little bit of a controversy among the GOP-leaning blogosphere because he is making conservatives question their excitement for Newt Gingrich. But rather than go on the air and apologize for asking tough questions, Glenn decided to do a monologue that he couldn't do on cable news that takes the GOP establishment head on. What'd he have to say?
First, watch Glenn lay out his confusion. He doesn't understand why such a large percentage of the Tea Party sees Newt Gingrich as an acceptable candidate, and he doesn't believe that "he's not Barack Obama" is an acceptable excuse. Since his speech at CPAC in 2010, he's been saying that progressives are in the GOP and that those that openly embrace Theodore Roosevelt (coughNewtcough) are ultimately as big of a threat to America as the current President.
Watch Part 1 of the segment below to see Glenn respond to recent attacks and lay out the origins of GOP progressivism:
Don't believe that progressives exist on both sides of the aisle? Glenn explains why we "need to get over" the belief that the GOP isn't full of progressives. Glenn dives into progressives on both sides and then begins to ask why the Tea Party is so eager to back Newt Gingrich now. Also, Glenn plays a video, put together by a leftist group, that shows how much Newt falls in line with the progressive and liberal agenda - guaranteeing that no matter how he does against the GOP candidates he'll have a hard time defeating Barack Obama and even if he did, it may not be a big change from the current big government policies in Washington, DC now.
Finally, Glenn takes on the myth that Gingrich is the only candidate running who can beat Obama. He encourages people not to sell out their values so early in the process as Obama is such a bad President that almost any candidate has a shot at winning - Glenn joked that his shoe would have a shot at beating Obama (and would probably do a better job). Newt isn't the only answer, and many candidates come with a lot less baggage and stronger conservative credentials.
So what are Tea Party voters need to do? Glenn lays out a solution in the clip below: