beck strikes out with baseball analogy

Fox News' Glenn Beck recently made a little blunder -- no surprise there. To put it in terms he'd understand, he was like a quarterback striking out in the fourth quarter of a basketball game.

Fox News’ Glenn Beck recently made a little blunder—no surprise there.

To put it in terms he’d understand, he was like a quarterback striking out in the fourth quarter of a basketball game.

While commenting on President Barack Obama’s recent supreme court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, who helped end the infamous Major League baseball strike in 1994, the pundit wrote in his blog, “our government needs to keep their eye on the ball when nominating Supreme Court justices,” and, “right now it’s the bottom of the ninth and we are down to our last out and our last strike.”

So far so good. But then he sums up his unimaginative analogy by wondering if the US government will, “take strike three looking or will they wake up and save the day with a heroic three-pointer on a penalty shot?”

It is difficult not to immediately comment that Beck should try to avoid talking about things he knows very little about, but anyone who has seen his show—and that has the required five-brain-cell-count to see past his poorly crafted demagoguery—should know that he rarely does.

So this moron, who claims to want to unite the country with his “9/12 Project,” but does nothing else other than spew conservative ideologies and criticisms of the Left—and who collects American flags as a hobby, by the way—doesn’t know enough about his country’s national pastime to pull-off the simplest of sports analogies.

Hey, Beck! Three-pointers are in basketball and penalty shots are in hockey, soccer and a few other sports! If you send me a self-addressed envelope, I will gladly send you a dollar so you can buy yourself a clue.

He might have been a journalist at some point, but now he is nothing more than a performer with apparently too little time to conduct research. Even in terms of punditry, he comes up short because any skillful and well-thought pundit never has to resort to crying fake tears to emphasize a point. (Google: Glenn Beck, cry.)

We get it; you think Obama will destroy the US—they can’t all be W. Bush’s, can they?

It’s so frustrating! He’s only half as insane as Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, but twice as annoying—figure that out!

Seemingly incapable of an original thought, Beck has pounced on the same quote as the other neo-conservative-let’s-bomb-the-Arab-world-and-build-giant-walls-on-our-borders pundits: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Sotomayor in 2001.

“When someone starts making blanket statements on which ethnicity or gender would make better decisions because of that ethnicity or gender… well, a person like that wouldn’t be welcome at my dinner table,” said Beck.

Good point, had Sotomayor’s comment not been taken out of context. But all she said was that someone who has faced social adversity should be better at countering it—nothing racist.

If Beck feels compelled to pick apart someone’s sentences, perhaps it is time someone picks on his.

During a broadcast of his nationally syndicated show in October 2007, while wildfires ravaged California’s countryside, killing one person, injuring firefighters and reducing homes to ashes, Mr. National Unity stated, “I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today.”

What a—(insert expletive here), yes, but also—master of saying something without actually saying it. Through very little reading-between-the-lines, it is of no difficulty to interpret his statement as, “Those socialist types in California are losing their homes because God hates them.”

As exceptionally annoying as he is, he should keep on pushing the race topic. Limbaugh can’t drag down the Republican Party all by himself.

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