Jen, I wanted to second your praise for Bill Bennett’s critique of Glenn Beck’s CPAC address. Bennett’s comments strike me as on target, well said, and important to say. (I have weighed in previously on Beck here and here.)
As between the Ph.D. in political philosophy (for whom I once worked) and a self-described rodeo clown, I’ll go with the former every time. If Glenn Beck were the future of conservatism, it would become a discredited movement. Fortunately, though, he’s not, and it won’t.