Glenn Beck: Tea Partiers Who Would Vote for Gingrich are Racist; Updated

So, what’s your take on this?

“If you have a big government progressive, or a big government progressive in Obama… ask yourself this, Tea Party: is it about Obama’s race? Because that’s what it appears to be to me. If you’re against him but you’re for this guy [Gingrich], it must be about race. I mean, what else is it? It’s the policies that matter.”

Beck should be careful… if he’s going to assume a Tea Partier who might end up pulling the lever for “big government progressive” Gingrich over “big government progressive” Obama is doing so purely for racial reasons, then said Tea Partier might return the favor and assume that Beck’s playing of the race card against the Tea Party means he’s decided to align himself with big government progressives such as Nancy Pelosi, Andre Carson and John Lewis. The “wheel of accusations” goes round and round.

I have my problems with Newt Gingrich. If his name is on the ballot, this is the vision that will be in my head — but to say there’s “no difference” between Gingrich and Barack Obama is a stretch. For Beck to say that people who might be of the opinion that Gingrich would be better for America vs. Obama (or “less catastrophic” if you prefer) are racist just because he happens to believe there’s no difference between the two is a nasty blanket charge for one man to base on his personal opinion. And it’s a dangerous one for a man who sells so many books and website subscriptions to Tea Party folks.


Update: Beck says he’d consider voting Ron Paul in a third party instead of Gingrich as the GOP nominee. I’ve gotta agree with Ace on this one.

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