In light of all the vicious teaparty rhetoric that lately seems to be escalating into actual violence (including, but not limited to, Monday night’s curbstomping of a young woman by a Rand Paul supporter), Media Matters founder David Brock is calling on Sarah Palin to distance herself from Glenn Beck. Beck’s spittle-flecked ravings are the source of inspiration for much of the bad craziness and spiraling violence from the frenzied tea party constituency. While Brock concedes that Beck is probably a hopeless case, as defacto leader of the tea party (and the GOP for that matter) and someone possibly positioning herself to run for President in 2012, Palin probably has more influence over the tea party and could put a leash on the rabid Beckweiler:
However, as one of Beck’s biggest boosters, is a respected leader in the GOP and conservative movement, and Fox’s own star contributor, we think Palin is well positioned to pull Beck back from his current course, to hold him accountable for his reckless words. Palin’s credibility as a leader relies on more than just endorsing candidates and an uncanny knack for making headlines. It requires a moral compass she repeatedly says she possesses to make this country a better, safer place to live for all Americans.
Brock discussed this issue on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show on Tuesday:
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