The Presidential Politics of Second Place

According to most polls, Ted Cruz is polling in second place. That's likely the reason for new attacks by Donald Trump and Rick Santorum. Will they work to diminish Cruz? Probably not, and they may very well backfire.

"So 66 percent say their number two choice is Ted Cruz. That's why when you attack Ted Cruz, you all of a sudden falter yourself in polls," Glenn said Thursday on The Glenn Beck Program . "And your own people turn away because [that's] their number two choice."

Glenn shared additional insight as to why second place is a good place to be.

While working at a Top 40 radio station back in the 80s, someone shared a sage piece of advice.

"I was taught by a guy, stop trying to be everybody's favorite radio station. That's not what Top 40 radio does. Top 40 radio is everybody's second favorite radio station," Glenn explained. "So, in other words, you're listening to classical, country, or whatever it is, and . . . if your station is not playing your favorite station, this [Top 40] station will probably be playing your second favorite song or one that you really kind of like."

That lesson translates well into politics. Maintaining mass appeal is important. So when the number one candidate goes after the number two candidate, it makes people question the first candidate's sincerity, potentially causing a loss of credibility.

"What's wrong with the conservative movement?" asked Glenn. "What is the biggest problem with the conservative movement and the GOP?"

Co-host Stu Burguiere obliged by stating the obvious: the comprising of principles.

So when one candidate attacks another candidate---especially one as solid as Ted Cruz---we know it's part of the political game. And Americans are fed up with the political game.

With Cruz steadily polling at second place for most voters, attacking him is not the best strategy. Most people find him a highly viable candidate.

Why isn't Cruz in first place yet? Glenn offered an answer: "If Ted Cruz had the personality of Marco Rubio, this would be done."

Listen to a program segment below.

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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