After enduring Fox News host Glenn Beck’s finely-tuned delusions about the supposed alliance between Islamic extremism and socialism, fellow conservative Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol derided Beck for his unhealthy “hysteria.” “When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East…and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left,” he is “marginalizing himself” with the likes of the John Birch Society, Kristol wrote this weekend. Never one to smolder quietly, Beck launched a scathing, sarcastic rant against Kristol on his radio show this morning and accused “Billy” of “betraying conservatism and missing the significance” of his conspiratorial warnings about Egypt. Convinced Kristol can’t “understand what conservatives are anymore,” Beck said that conservatives like him are just doing “anything to keep their little fiefdom together“:
BECK:…I don’t even know if you understand what conservatives are anymore, Billy….People like Bill Kristol, I don’t think they stand for anything any more. All they stand for is power. They’ll do anything to keep their little fiefdom together and they’ll do anything to keep the Republican power entrenched. I’m sorry, the system doesn’t work….I think you’ve confused conservative principles with conservative progressive principles. Times have changed, Bill. Times have changed. It’s time to see the world how it really is.
Beck later feigned apology for his rancor because “I get really testy when I hear people who should get it come after me. It’s like really, have you done a minute of research, Bill?” Offering to “dumb it down,” Beck told Kristol exactly where he could find all the research to prove socialists and Islamists are in “phase 2″ of their plot to take over the world — “just watch the show in the next week,” Beck instructed.