It’s bad enough that Ben Stein buys into the Intelligent Design nonsense. Now while chatting with Conservative
douchebag pundit Glen Beck he suggest that Obama could be Hitler reborn:
STEIN: I want—I’m glad you brought up this Denver thing. I don’t like the idea of Senator Obama giving his acceptance speech in front of 75,000 wildly cheering people. That is not the way we do things in political parties in the United States of America. We have a contained number of people in an arena. Seventy-five-thousand people at an outdoor sports palace, well, that’s something the Fuehrer would have done. And I think whoever is advising Senator Obama to do this is bringing up all kinds of very unfortunate images from the past.
BECK: Well, yeah, you know what? I’ve been—I’ve been saying that we’re headed towards a Mussolini-style presidency forever.
STEIN: Well, I think—
BECK: I mean it’s crazy.
STEIN: It’s a scary situation. I mean, I think he has to recognize some bounds on his own ego. I understand politicians are politicians because they have ego deficit problems and they try to cure them by having lots of worship and adulation and adoration. But 75,000 people screaming at an outdoor arena, that’s just too much. It’s just—it’s scarily authoritarian.
The irony of having Ben Stein complain about someone else’s ego problems is almost too much to take. Not that Beck isn’t engaging in some grade-A douchebaggery in that little interview himself. I sometimes wonder if there is a low so low that the folks on the Right won’t stoop to it. All appearances so far suggest that there isn’t.