GLENN: Somebody asked me today, "Glenn, what is happiness. Where do you find happiness?" Because I was talking about, I was on an interview and I was talking about the Christmas Sweater. How do you know what happiness is? I know what happiness is. Do you know where it's based? It's based on knowing yourself and knowing the truth. It's based, it is based quite honestly on God. We have gotten so far away from God and we are just going, we are just going in the reverse. You know, back in the day you used to have to accomplish something. You used to have to be good at being, you know, the best in your field. You had to, you know, you had to be Babe Ruth. You had to be Neil Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, talent. You had to be an accomplished person. Then it started to get watered down a little bit and singers became less talented, actors stopped being able to act. And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the reality shows started, people with absolutely no talent at all just famous for eating, you know, spiders or a cow butt. And then there were people like Paris Hilton that were famous just for being famous. But now -- and you're going to see this more and more -- there is a new celebrity out there. It is a new turn. It is an instant path to fame. You don't have to be a leader in your field. You just have to be a conservative who thinks that the Republican party has moved to the left. There you go, instant fame, boom. You'll be on every talk show. You'll get interviewed by all the big stream media celebrities. You'll be invited to all the cocktail parties. It is the easiest path to fame in America right now.
David From who is a guy, I've had him on the show before, seems like a nice guy. He didn't like the choice of Sarah Palin. That's totally fine, that's his opinion. But the other day he went on a rant saying that Sarah Palin represented a party that "Has decided that we just don't care about making government work anymore, so long as your heart is in the right place, so long as you have the right values, so long as you are a good Christian and you don't kill babies. Anyone can run the government." Have you ever met any conservatives that have said that? Anyone? Anyone? Like her or not, Sarah Palin is running a state with 80% approval rating. The selection had nothing to do with her being a good Christian and not killing babies. Do people want a social conservative? You bet. But more than anything else we just want a conservative, one that actually governs using conservative principles. You don't have to be a conservative. I'd rather have a libertarian in there than these clowns. He went on to say that talk radio is nothing but a "Say it louder than conservativism." Just say it louder. They say the same thing, just louder. Well, hmmm. Let me say this. If it will make Republicans actually, you know, follow conservative principles, then fine. Do your jobs! Execute the things that you're getting elected for! Do your jobs! How's that? Is that good?
And by the way, isn't John McCain the senator that pissed conservatives off more than anybody else before the election? If he had won, would these same people be saying, "See, if you just embrace amnesty, if you just embrace global warming, people will vote for Republicans." John McCain was the GOP's attempt at running a moderate and it didn't work. Yet somehow the advice from the media and fellow conservative -- no -- and fellow Republicans is try to be more moderate. Another in this amazingly instant fame category is the suddenly in-demand Kathleen Parker. She is a columnist, a proposed conservative who bashed Palin before the election as well. Media loves her. She is a superstar. She's got a new column out called Giving Up On God: There are answers out there. Jesus and Hitler both had an awful lot in common, they both said. I've got an answer, come follow me. Be careful who you follow.
As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, Kathleen writes, they will likely overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit. Great big problem, G-O-D. I know, I'm bathing in holy water as I type. Oh, Kathleen, what a tough stand, standing up to the establishment. Oh, do you know how hard it must be to stand up against religion in Washington D.C., stand up against religion in the mainstream media. Oh. Anyway, that hard core conservative Kathleen Parker goes on: To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict an marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh. Oogedy-boogedy bunch? In other words, your belief in God is the equivalent to belief in monsters under your bed? Is that what you're implying? I mean, it's one thing to be an atheist -- and there are a lot of atheists in the Republican party and that's fine. I don't really care. But someone who is this insulting to religion, what it means to people, the values that it stands for? You are not a conservative. You're Bill Maher.
She continues: Simply put, the armband religion is killing the Republican party and the truth, as long as we're setting ourselves free, is that once if we are to eavesdrop on private conversations among party intelligencia, one would hear precisely that." Really? The intelligencia of the party? Who cares what they think? They are the ones who brought us where we are today, losing elections and flailing around listening to people like Kathleen Parker for direction. The party wins when it preaches conservative values and not from the pulpit. And by the way, I hear far fewer conservative values being preached from pulpit than actual campaigns from the pulpit on the left. You don't need to preach it from the pulpit. You need to do it when you're in office. She says the party has become increasingly beholden to an element that used to be relegated to wooden crates and corners. Oh, yeah, I know those crazy 76% of Americans that are Christian. Man, what outcasts we are. She's right. Sometimes religious people were persecuted for their beliefs, and I believe we are approaching those times again. Please, please, Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Richard Gere, everyone, anyone who believes in God, you don't have to worry about the doctrine. We are going into scary, scary territory. "First they came for the Baptists. Because I wasn't a Baptist, I said nothing. Then they came for the Jews and I didn't say anything. Then they came for the Mormons and I didn't say anything." I'm telling you, I am telling you one at a time, we must stand together and wake up. She writes: Short break as a writer ties a blindfold and smokes her last cigarette." I mean, how brave she has for this stance. What a martyr, bashing religion. What a brave soul she is. That's only been done every day in major newspapers in America for the last 50 years. Gosh, someday I hope I could be this brave. Maybe someday I'll start saying not aborting babies is mean or that higher taxes rule or that the Second Amendment is only for hicks and losers. Oh, then maybe the media will like me, too.
VOICE: Coming up tonight in prime time, MSNBC takes the G-O-D out of the GOP. Rachel Maddow can't do her show tonight due to the 417 million interview requests from joshing reporters. So our special guests are leading conservative thinkers who believe the right is becoming to religious, like Chuck Hagel, Arlen Specter, Michael Bloomberg, Michael Moore, Michael Newdow and Raul Castro. And don't miss tonight's special comment with Keith Olbermann. He wouldn't give us a topic. He just told us tonight's show would put Titus Andronicus to shame. It's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, now with 40% more awkward camera movements and eye pivots. All on MSNBC, the home of journalism.