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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Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

Watch a clip from the full interview with Matthew Yglesias below:


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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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