Forty-seven years ago today the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. So naturally the Tea Party reserved that real estate this Saturday with king clown Glenn Beck playing ringleader, hosting his ludicrous “Restoring Honor” rally. As white people flood the Lincoln Memorial — Sarah Palin among them — the world watches Fox News, either head in hands or fists in the air. In the words of Jesse Jackson, Beck is “mimicking King and ‘humiliating the tradition.'” Anyone who says otherwise is probably wrong. (No sign of the liberal, contrarian counter-argument. Link, please?) But here are some more nuanced takes. We’ll be updating throughout the day:
He struck a spiritual tone in his opening remarks at the rally, which began shortly after 10 a.m. with the national anthem.
“America today begins to turn back to God,” he told the crowd.
Mr. Beck was followed by Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor. She said that she had been asked, in keeping with the theme of the day, to focus not on politics, but to speak as the mother of a soldier.
“Say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet and you can’t take that away from me,” Ms. Palin said.
Late afternoon update: This thing seems like a snooze. But then again, I’m biased. The Mediaite team is back with some photos, video and all that. If you want!