Beck Could Be 'Major' Factor in 2010 Vote
If he combines angry right-wingers with libertarians, look out
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2009 10:08 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Don't look now, but Glenn Beck could turn out to be a big factor in the 2010 elections, writes Marc Ambinder. Beck is cooking up some kind of voter mobilization project, which is a "tricky proposition" given that "conservative talk radio audiences—and Fox News viewers—tend to be registered voters and tend to have a pretty good sense of which party they'll support." Beck, whose ties with the official GOP are iffy, claims to be nonpartisan, so he might "try something more subtle."

If he "becomes part of the apparatus that fuses into one movement irritated Republicans and angry conservatives and fickle Ron Paul libertarians—he's going to become a major electoral player in 2010," Ambinder writes in the Atlantic.