Beck: ‘Rick Santorum Is A Winston Churchill’

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"Beck: ‘Rick Santorum Is A Winston Churchill’"

rickc.gif This morning on NPR, host Steve Inskeep asked right-wing pundit Glenn Beck who the “rising star” is in the conservative movement. Beck’s response? Defeated senator Rick Santorum. “I think the guy is a Winston Churchill in many ways,” said Beck. From the exchange:

BECK: You know, there’s really only one guy that I’ve talked to that I really really like. I think the guy is a Winston Churchill in many ways. He blew his Senate campaign because he spoke the truth. His advisers kept saying, “Don’t say this, don’t say this, this is going to hurt you.”

And that’s Rick Santorum out of Pennsylvania. I think this guy really has it. I think he really understands the world we live in right now.

Listen to it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2008/02/santorumchurchill.320.40.flv]

Santorum would probably like this comparison. Whereas Churchill was actually battling Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in World War II, Santorum likes to pretend he is fighting a similar foe. In 2005, he blasted Democrats blocking President Bush’s judicial nominees and compared them to “Adolf Hitler in 1942“:

Some are suggesting we’re trying to change the law, we’re trying to break the rules. Remarkable. Remarkable hubris.

I mean, imagine. The rule has been in place for 214 years that this is the way we confirm judges. Broken by the other side two years ago, and the audacity of some members to stand up and say, “How dare you break this rule?”

It’s the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942: “I’m in Paris. How dare you invade me? How dare you bomb my city? It’s mine.”

This isn’t the first time that Beck has compared Santorum to Churchill. In 2006, Beck hosted Santorum on his CNN Headline News show. “I’m going to be ripped apart for calling you Churchill,” said Beck. Santorum happily responded, “It’ll be a pleasure.”

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