by Glenn Beck
GLENN: Well, when your idiot friend says...
PAT: Well, now that Lindsey Graham's said you don't speak for the Republican Party, I guess you'll finally admit you were wrong.
GLENN: No, no. Not even close.
PAT: Of course.
GLENN: The only thing that I was that he was right about was that I don't speak for the Republican Party.
GLENN: In fact, I'm not even a member of the Republican Party. And the last vote I cast for a senator was for an independent. In addition, if I did have the desire to speak for the Republican Party, my main talking point to advertise what a great leader I could be would be to point out that Lindsey Graham hates me.
PAT: Yeah, that's what I thought.
PAT: Because Lindsey said you can't speak for conservatives when you think John McCain would be worse than Barack Obama.
GLENN: Yeah. See, I love this one. The pro amnesty moderate Republican accusing me of not having proper conservative credentials, that's a good one. I mean, Lindsey Graham summed it up best when he said he would be willing to go more than halfway to Barack Obama on Social Security reform.
PAT: Well, what's wrong with having a dialogue?
GLENN: Oh, that's not I'm open, you know, I'm opening the lined of communication, or, I'll move a little, or, I'll listen to his ideas, or, I'll meet him halfway. It's I'll meet him more than halfway. And remember that's his starting point. That's not a compromise. That's suicide. Why even have an opposing party if that's the foundation, you know, that they're standing on, the foundation of Jell O.
PAT: Oh, but you said you didn't want McCain, that the only reason you said you didn't want him is because he's a Teddy Roosevelt Republican. A Teddy Roosevelt Republican is exactly what the party needs.
GLENN: No, a Teddy Roosevelt Republican is exactly what they have, which is why they have a 28% approval rating. Look, John McCain is an American hero, but that doesn't make him good at selecting his heroes. Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive, one of the first with real power in America. The man hated anyone with money, except for him that's a progressive thing and didn't hide it.
PAT: Oh, please. He was a Republican. That's all Republicans care about is money and rich people.
GLENN: That's why you should read Page 215 in Arguing With Idiots. You would know that Roosevelt actually said that he would still fight for, quote, the wealthy man, whomever he may be, for whom I have the greatest contempt, end quote. He went on to say, we grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it's honorably obtained and well used. It's not even enough to say that it should have been gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only as long as the gaining represents a benefit to the community.
PAT: What does that mean?
GLENN: Yeah. In other words, you can have money as long as you earn it and spend it the way I think is best for the community if I'm the guy in charge. Barack Obama would be embarrassed if he got caught saying something like that.
PAT: Oh, you mean how you should be embarrassed when you get caught with your head buried in three pounds of chili cheese fries? Is that what you mean?
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