At some point in the past few months, Beck ceased being just the guy who cries a lot on Fox News or a “rodeo clown” (as he has described himself) or simply a voice of the ultraconservative opposition to President Obama. In record time, Beck has traveled the loop of curiosity to ratings bonanza to self-parody to sage.
If Glenn Beck is a sage, I'll publicly kiss his ass next time he marches to Washington.
This tagline helps explain things:
Mark Leibovich is a reporter in the Washington bureau of The Times. He last wrote for the magazine about Mike Allen of Politico.
Ahh, so this is an inside-the-Beltway take on someone the NYT now deigns worthy of entering the inner sanctum. Good. Fucking. Doorknob.