Gentle readers, do not despair at our criticism of media controversialist Glenn Beck's rally in Washington yesterday. We gladly affirm that the rally was exceptionally well attended and sounded themes that ought to become a bigger part of the public agenda.
We think this speaks more to the public's pressing awareness that these themes need to be rearticulated, reclaimed and reinvigorated. We, of course, agree.
Our scorn is for Mr. Beck only. He is no real leader of conservatism. While his instincts may be directed rightly, he is a clumsy spokesman for the movement, never really stating clearly why what he says matters to all, not just those already inclined to agree with him.
So don't go gettin' all excited about this thing. Be glad that people care, but be concerned that "movement conservatism" lacks the leadership to make its case to the public at large, even when they're inclined to agree.