Karl Rove Criticizes Glenn Beck Leaving the GOP, Beck Fires Back

Karl Rove Criticizes Glenn Beck Leaving the GOP, Beck Fires Back

This past Wednesday, on his radio program, host Glenn Beck declared that he was “done” with the Republican Party.

“I’ve made my decision – I’m out. I’m out of the Republican Party. 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.”

He further explained his frustrations.

“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. 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.”

Republican political wonk and former GW Bush advisor Karl Rove basically blew off Beck’s denunciations on Friday’s O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel. He even brought his ubiquitous white board with him.


Beck was not about to take Rove’s brickbats. On Saturday he fired back on Facebook with an scathing open letter, asking Rove if he wanted to “rumble,” and charging that GOP leaders “have the spine of a worm, the ethics of whores, and the integrity of pirates,” while ‘apologizing’ to worms, whores, and pirates.

Glenn Beck was backed up by fellow radio host Mark Levin, who posted his agreement on Facebook with the single word, “Yep.”

As far as the Rove/Beck kerfuffle is concerned, I say. . . meh.

I don’t trust Karl Rove. I find him to be a political opportunist rather than a patriot, concerned more with party victory than promoting conservatism and the Constitution. As far as Glenn Beck goes, while he is a constitutional purist and patriot, I find the timing of his pronouncement to be curious. After all, four years ago he told Newsmax that he despised Republicans. “I hate them. I think they are just as much a problem as the other side.” In 2013 he appeared on the O’Reilly Factor saying that he was “done” with establishment Republicans.

In fact, when I told my husband that Glenn Beck was leaving the Republican party he replied, “He’s been saying that for years.”

I’m frustrated with the Republican party as well, but I won’t leave it. Here’s why.

I live in Kansas, a totally red state. We have a Republican governor, and all six Congressional members are Republicans — both Senators and four House members. The Kansas statehouse in Topeka is dominated in both chambers by Republicans. However, Kansas has one teensy little problem for conservative Pubbies who want to leave the Grand Old Party.

Kansas has closed primaries — actually, closed for Republicans and semi-closed for Democrats. To vote in the Republican primary, one needs to be a member of the party, although Democrats have decided to accept both affiliated and non-affiliated voters in their primary elections. Conservative Republicans also have to deal with the MainStream Coalition, a Kansas-based organization which touts itself as the “moderate” voice, when it’s actually composed of liberals who seek to upset conservative candidates by endorsing the more liberal in a primary race. In Kansas, therefore, if a conservative wants to keep his or her good state senator or house member in office, they must maintain membership in the Republican party in order to support them in a primary.

Neither Glenn Beck, a resident of Texas, nor Mark Levin, from Virginia, need to deal with closed primaries. Both of those states have open primaries.

I’m not asking that fellow conservatives remain in the Republican party. If conscience demands that you leave the GOP, then by all means exercise your ability to do so. Just make sure there will be no unwanted consequences.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Merle says:

    Beck makes some good points, I too feel like the GOP has sold out.
    Sadly, they have become the lessor of the evils…..


  • Appalled By The World says:

    The Republicrat party has wrecked the nation. The lunatic fringe far Left controls the Democrats. The “moderates”, who apparently stand for nothing while trying to appease the Dems in order to keep their jobs, control the Republicans. Because of these elements the nation’s political system has been broken as it has shifted way too far to the left. Hardly any politician from the 1950’s from either party would even recognize the mess the political system is these days-but they would all know something is seriously wrong with it.

  • Xavier says:

    If all conservatives left the republican party and an entirely liberal government was elected…

    what would be different?

  • Subotai Bahadur says:

    From the day after the election we had the truth of this saying:

    “When Democrats are in the majority, they will break the law and the Constitution to get what they want. When Republicans are in the majority, they will break their word to their voters to make sure that the Democrats get what they want.”

    rubbed in our faces. We functionally have a Democrat controlled Congress with a Republican majority. Electing more Republicans, when the “leadership” and most of the members of Congress are DIABLO’s is pointless.

    The DIABLO leadership is determined to force Jeb Bush as the presidential candidate in any putative elections in 2016. Name one position or issue where there is a millimeter’s difference between Hillary and Jeb.

    We need a SECOND Party, although it is probably too late for the country to be saved by electoral politics. But at the very least, it is reasonable to withdraw consent and not be collaborator. The primaries will name who the RNC wants. Why participate?

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