Glenn Beck will probably never be the next Jon Stewart. Shouldn’t that be obvious?
Discussing his plans for life after Fox, Glenn Beck says in a new video, “I don’t have any intention of competing with Fox, because it doesn’t need the competition.” By this, he means that Fox has the “old person” demographic. Where Beck wants to compete, he insists, is for young viewers.
“I am going to make sure that Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart do not occupy the space of comedy alone,” he vowed. The sentiment will probably surprise some on the left who likely thought that Beck has always been unintentionally funny. Nonetheless, he continues: “How do we connect with 20-somethings? If we lose them, we lose.”
Beck, like Sarah Palin, is probably betting that the conservative backlash against Obama that he helped usher in and which spawned the Tea Party will gain enough critical mass to attract the youth to its ranks. The last election provides a pretty powerful example of what can happen when you’ve got the youth vote on your side.
But like Palin, Beck will probably lose this bet. Youth tends to lean left. Every youth revolution in this country, from the one that elected Kennedy, to the one that erupted to force Nixon out, to Obama’s election in ’08 has been a fight for progressive values. Meanwhile conservatives tend to be older people upset with whatever change is at hand, who fight to see things go back to the way they were. It’s a hard sell for youth full of piss and vinegar.
And, like Palin, Beck turns utterly non-sensical when waxing poetic about his nascent, youth-targeted media enterprise: “I’m getting out of New York because… I’m tired of saying to you, ‘You just gotta keep standing, you just gotta keep going,’ and hearing for you, ‘What?! What!’ It’s time for me to stop being the guy who tells you what time it is, and go out with you and pick up a hammer and start building what needs to be built for global victory of man’s freedom—hear me.”
Take that, Jon Stewart. Watch the video, with non-sequiturs intact, below.