ABC News: Conservatives "Taking Sides" On Egypt, Setting Up "Rift" Between Beck, Kristol


From a February 10 item on ABC News' The Note:

Conservatives are taking sides, lining up behind two of the biggest names on the American right as a tiff over the crisis in Egypt this week turned into a national debate about who speaks for the movement.

In one corner, Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard , Fox News contributor and dauphin of American neoconservatism. In the other corner Glenn Beck, the emotive host of his own Fox News program and Tea Party standard bearer.


Conservatives are taking sides, setting up a rift between old-school neocons like Kristol and Tea Party types like Beck.

Predictably, it's those old-school conservatives who are glad to see Beck taken down a notch.

Writing in the National Review, Bill Lowry said Kristol took "a well-deserved shot at Glenn Beck's latest wild theorizing."

In Commentary, Bill Whener called Beck's attack "childish and churlish" and compared the talk show host's theory about an international caliphate to a "fever dream" that connects the dots "of a massive and astonishingly well-organized conspiracy."

On the other side, Aaron Klein writing for arch-conservative website WorldNetDaily wrote simply: "I feel compelled to join Glenn Beck's side."

The rift comes as Beck has seen a dramatic drop in his ratings and other feuds – most recently between Sarah Palin and former Sen. Rick Santorum – expose fissures in conservative America's usually lockstep message.

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