If you’re Glenn Beck, the Lonesome Rhodes path to supremacy is blocked with a Limbaugh-sized… ego. That guy ain’t going away without a fight that would damage both contenders. On the other hand, there’s an opening for Heartland America(tm)’s Most Conspicuous Jeebus Huckster — Franklin Graham just doesn’t have his old man’s charisma, and Rick Warren is tainted by his association with… you know… ‘poor people’, let’s call it. Pious Gated-Community Americans don’t pay tithes
to Goldline.com to sit in an un-airconditioned pew next to someone who couldn’t get past their HOA!
Since he’s supposed to have attended a Jesuit school, I’m sure young Glenn flirted with the idea of joining the Fabulous Prado Shoes branch of the Catholic hierarchy, but getting even a decently comfortable monseigniorship can take decades of hard work (look at what all those years of dedicated syncophancy have done to Joseph Ratzinger). However, Joseph Smith, Jr. provided a golden template for an ambitious young American chuch-shopper with a bipolar talent for stagemanship. Hey, it’s not like Willard Romney was going to draw the rubes looking for a little upbeat entertainment with their hate-mongering! The Free Market (all praise be upon it) abhors a vacuum!
If the Reclaiming Our Victimhood trope takes off… well, try typing ‘Lonesome Rhodes’ into Wikipedia and read the prompts. They may have to re-direct to Sinclair Lewis’s character, “wrapped in the flag, and carrying a Bible”.