Glenn Beck says he is “done with” the Republican Party.
Dylan Byers at Politico.com posted the headline yesterday: “Glenn Beck ‘done’ with Republican Party.”
“I’ve made my decision – I’m out. I’m out of the Republican Party,” Beck said on his radio show. “I am not a Republican; I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I’m out. I highly recommend – run from the Republican Party. They are not good.”
Beck’s apparent frustration lies with the GOP’s inability to defeat President Obama’s actions on health care and immigration, as well as the establishment wing’s opposition to insurgent senators like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.
“They ran and they said they were doing all of these great things and they were going to stand against Obamacare and illegal immigration – they set us up,” Beck said. “They set us up. Enough is enough. They’re torpedoing the Constitution and they’re doing it knowingly. They’re taking on people like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and they are torpedoing them. Knowingly.”
“So I’m done with them,” Beck continued. “Four years ago, I was with them. Four years ago, I said work from the inside: let’s change it. Let’s get new guys in there. It’s too late.”
I didn’t hear Beck’s original broadcast, but it strikes me that “the establishment wing’s opposition” to Mike Lee and Ted Cruz is really the primary problem. It isn’t just that they are refusing to stand up against Obamacare. It is that they are attacking people who remain committed to the conservative voter base.
I also think Beck is speaking here primarily as a frustrated donor, not necessarily as a voter. And I think his point is hard to refute. When you send money to the Republican Party you are handing out that money to a few powerful decision-makers. They can use this money as they see fit. They can refuse to help a conservative candidate. In fact, they can use the money to actively hurt or undermine a conservative candidate. We know the knives are out for Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Why should a conservative contribute to a tax-free war chest for Establishment Republicans to use to undermine them?
So in my opinion, Glenn Beck isn’t saying anything that is too extreme.