Skip to comments.Glenn Beck to announce ‘big plan’ for 2010
Posted on 11/20/2009 3:03:42 PM PST by ConjunctionJunction
Glenn Beck, the controversial Fox News television host, is planning on becoming more active in the populist conservative movement he spawned, according to sources familiar with his thinking.
At a rally Saturday at a massive retirement community in central Florida, Beck is planning to unveil what he has billed as a big plan for 2010, which is expected to involve the 9.12 Project, the group he started earlier this year and named for the day after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when he says the nation was unified.
Coming this January, my whole approach changes on this program, he hinted cryptically on his Wednesday show. This next year is going to be critical and I think it's going to change and I think we are going to set it right, at least set our course right. And if that means the Democrats or the Republicans are destroyed along the way, well, good. Good.
Beck's Saturday rally, which is set for 3 p.m. will be broadcast live on Fox, and is timed to coincide with the kickoff of a tour promoting his new book, Arguing with Idiots.
After Beck unveiled his 9.12 Project, dozens if not hundreds of local 912 groups sprung up across the country and some have merged in purpose and tactics with the Tea Party movement of conservatives that exploded onto the scene this summer. Though the local 912 groups clearly look to Beck as their de-facto leader, they maintain no formal ties to Becks 9.12 Project.
The 9.12 Project is co-sponsoring a march on Washington on Sept. 11, 2010 partly to protest the policies of President Barack Obama and Congress. A source said the talk show host is not going to attend, but is planning to become more involved in 912 movement activities.
The 2010 march called the We the People Restore Our Constitution March, Rally and 9/11 Memorial is planned for Washingtons National Mall. Its other co-sponsor is an online activism group called ResistNet.com.
ResistNets Darla Dawald credited Beck with setting in motion the march, but said hes not involved in its planning. Glenn doesnt want it to be about him always about the people, Dawald, who is leading march planning for ResistNet, wrote in an email. He wanted the 9.12 Project people (grassroots) to be involved and step forward not him.
Christine Drawdy, a Florida event promoter involved in the Tea Party and 912 movements who is listed as the travel coordinator for the 2010 march, said the permit for the march is in the name of The 9.12 Projects administrator, Yvonne Donnelly.
Though Drawdy stressed that Beck is not the leader of the 912 movement, she added all he has to do is say something and theyll jump.
ResistNets Dawald said she was asked to join the march planning effort by Donnelly, who works with Beck on the 9.12 Project website but did not respond to an email message.
Beck has emerged as a potentially potent populist force in conservative politics, as evidenced by the response to his broadcast in March urging viewers to try to recreate a united America, calling out politicians for leading the nation astray, and unveiling the 9.12 Project.
Local 912 groups sprang up, and many credited Becks on-air promotions with the huge turnout at the Sept. 12, 2009 Taxpayer March on Washington, where some waved Glenn Beck for President and said Beck spurred them to become politically active for the first time.
But Becks 9.12 Project played no role in sponsoring or planning this years march, nor did he attend it. He has mostly not involved himself personally in any of the 912 movement activities, and has downplayed characterizations that he is leading the movement.
Nonetheless, Fox News has drawn fire from media ethicists and liberals alike for breathlessly promoting Tea Party marches, and for whipping up the crowd at the Sept. 12 rally.
The 912 Project website, which is maintained by Mercury Radio Arts, Becks production company but hosted by Fox News, lists the march among many other upcoming 912 events, and provides a link for subscribers to sign up.
The FoxNews.com logo adorns the lower right hand corner of the 912 Project homepage, which indicates it is Brought to you by FOXNews.com and links to the networks website.
Publicists for Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts did not respond to questions about the announcement, or the roles of Beck, Fox or Mercury in The 9.12 Project or planning the march.
Go Glenn! Obama wanted change, here it comes!!!!
It is all about the Federal Reserve and the banksters now. Every day that passes, the more I realize Ron Paul is just a little more right than I thought.
I love his investigative reports & exposing the communists but 3rd party will doom any chance to save America. We need to reform GOP and it looks like we are - see Rubio, JDH (AZ)....and of course, Sarah!
Supporting 3rd party movements is great for the liberal/socialists.
POLITICO suddenly takes notice of astroturf...*grins*
He's going to be the new host on Oprah...
We The People have sewer cleaning to do. The US Congress better start their resume updates now. They’re gone come 2010 and 2012. We’re voting them out forever. American history will list them as traitors to America.
Payback time for their arrogant, in-your-face tyranny.
"Spawned" is a word generally employed to describe the sex life of fish and frogs. And, no, Glenn Beck didn't spawn the populist conservative movement. He simply had the good sense to recognize that it was there, and addressed it, unlike the good folks at Politico.
Will he stop crying?
Unfortunately they can’t be tried and tied after they’re voted out.
Do we still have enough backbone to clean house? Lord I pray so.
That's music to my ears!!!
God bless and protect Glenn and Sarah, that would be an interesting presidential ticket you think? I dont think any other 2 people in this country have motivated and moved conservatives and libertarians like these two have. Id rather have a 3rd party than the corrupt slugs the current two parties are infested with.
“becoming more active in the populist conservative movement he spawned”
If anything, the bailouts/Obama’s election spawned it. Beck just encourages it. As proof, I offer the fact that he had been talking about the same thing for all of 2008, but didn’t get any traction until Obama was in office. Obviously, being on Fox had A LOT to do with it, but he has been a popular radio figure for a while, but nowhere near the pop-culture figure he became after the bailouts and Obama.
Exactly! We need to take back the party. If we can’t even take back the party, how are we going to take back the country?
I know a LOT of people who'd vote for the two. Talk about a power house!
Cool pic. My Brother just called, he works accross the street. Said the place was very crowded, full parking lots everywhere, and tons of people, signs, etc...