Some years ago Glenn Beck's radio show was aired on the local talk station. It aired at time that meant I rarely heard it - usually while running an errand or going to a doctor appointment.
Even with that limited exposure it was clear to me that Beck was bipolar. He veered wildly between "morning zoo" shock-jock type humor aimed at liberals and maudlin, weeply sentimentalism. There was no middle of the road.
The same was true during the GOP primary election. Beck wasn't just a supporter of Ted Cruz, he treated the man as a messianic figure, someone anointed by God to be president and save our country.
Having burned most of his bridges with the right, Beck has no choice but to throw in his lot with the left. Via Ace of Spades, you can watch him humiliate himself by sucking up to some liberal woman I never heard of. I guess she's a thinner version of Amy Schumer.
Full disclosure: I couldn't handle watching the whole thing - not because I mind watching Beck grovel (I enjoy that), but because it's painfully unfunny.
Beck is tasting the just desserts of his vile treason. It's going to be fun watching the other Never Trumpers do the same. I look forward to seeing Jonah Goldberg complimenting Lena Dunham on her class and sophisticated writing, all the while trying to contain the bile rising in his throat.
Because Beck was particularly intemperate, the Progressive Inquisition will be extra cruel, which is only just. I will enjoy him being forced to admit he was wrong about homosexuality, gay marriage and become a full supporter of "trans equality."
After all, anything short of that means he's still a hater and his conversion is incomplete. There is no halfway for progressives.
Bill Kristol knows this, which is why he's chosen to quit the field rather than submit to joint op-eds with Keith Olbermann (that gig will devolve to Kevin Williamson).
The smart ones got the memo in October and came home before the election rendered their position moot. Now they have the grim choice of accepting early retirement for facing a progressive auto-da-fe. Beck chose the latter. I'm sure he's already regretting it.
Some may think I'm being too hard on these folks. After all, they're only paid to offer opinions and talk about policy.
However, they're also expected to know which way the wind is blowing and - in the face of uncertainty - their default position should have been to rally to their own side. They bet on the wrong horse. Now let them burn.