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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During his campaign, President Joe Biden survived scandal after scandal involving his son Hunter — the Ukraine/Burisma scandal, the laptop scandal, the one involving a stripper from Arkansas and a long-lost child. And yet, after it all appeared to have been swept under the rug, Hunter has now released a memoir — "Beautiful Things."

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere discussed Hunter's "horrible" response when asked on "CBS This Morning" if the laptop seized by the FBI in 2019 belonged to him and reviewed a few segments from his new book, which they agreed raises the question: Is Hunter trying to sabotage his father's career?

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Countless corporations — from Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Porsche to UPS and LinkedIn — are calling out the Georgia voting laws, calling them "restrictive," "racist," and "discriminative." Meanwhile, words like "stakeholder" and "equitable" are starting to show up in their arguments.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck gave the "decoder ring" for what's really going on here, because our society is being completely redesigned in front of our eyes.

There's a reason why all these big businesses are speaking out now, and it has very little to do with genuine ideology, Glenn explained. It's all about ESG scores and forcing "compliance" through the monetization of social justice.

Glenn went on to detail exactly what ESG scores are, how they're calculated, and why these social credit scores explain the latest moves from "woke" companies.

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Dallas Jenkins is a storyteller — and he's telling the most important story of all time in a way that many believed was impossible.

Jenkins is the creator of "The Chosen," a free, crowdfunded series about the life of Jesus that rivals Hollywood productions. And Season 2 could not have arrived at a better time — on Easter weekend 2021. Church attendance has dropped, people are hungry for something bigger than all of us, and many are choosing social justice activism, political parties, or even the climate change movement as "religions" over God.

This Easter weekend, Jenkins joined Glenn on the "Glenn Beck Podcast" to discuss the aspects of Jesus that often get overlooked and break through the misconceptions about who Jesus really is to paint a clear picture of why America needs Emmanuel, "God with us," now more than ever.

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Award-winning investigative journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program this week to argue the Biden administration's border crisis is "enabling" drug cartels, allowing them to exploit migrants, use border wall construction roads, and cross the border much more easily.

Lara, who has witnessed and experienced firsthand some of the worst violence around the world as a war correspondent for CBS News, told Glenn it's "not an overstatement" to call the cartels in Mexico "the most violent and powerful criminal organizations on the face of the earth." And while they're "at war with us, we've been asleep at the wheel."

But Lara also offers solutions that the U.S. can enact to stop these horrific atrocities.

"There's more than 30,000 Mexican civilians who are massacred every year in Mexico by the cartels. And that's just the bodies that the Mexican government owns up to or knows about, right?" Lara said. "There's Mexicans buried in unmarked mass graves all across the country. I mean, everyone knows that the violence of the cartels is not like anything anyone has ever seen before. It even pales in comparison to, at times, to what terrorist groups like ISIS have done."

Lara went on to explain some of the unspeakable acts of violence and murder that occur at the hands of the Mexican cartels — 98% of which go uninvestigated.

"That's not unprosecuted, Glenn. That's uninvestigated," Lara emphasized. "[Cartels] operate with impunity. So the law enforcement guy, the policemen, the marine, the National Guardsmen, who are trying to do the right thing, who are not in the pocket of the cartels — what chance do those guys have? They've got no chance. You know where they end up? In one of those unmarked graves."

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