If I listened to the good angel on my shoulder a little more often, I would respond to things like Sean Hannity’s unhinged rant more like how Glenn Beck responded and less like… well, like I usually respond. Here’s Beck:
“Here’s what I would like to say, because I agree with much of what has been said. I would like to say, so the alt-right wanted Donald Trump. And the alt-right got Donald Trump. And I don’t want to hear any belly aching like they are all doing. They are all bellyaching. They wanted him, they got him.
“However, I won’t echo the past of others. What I will say, and I want to have a conversation, and I want to share something that I wrote to Mark Levin this morning, and I won’t tell you our exchange back and forth. He is not picking sides. I encourage everyone — if you are a fan of mine — do not pick a side, please. Do not get involved in this. Please. Don’t condemn Sean or anyone else. I truly believe Sean is doing what he feels he needs to do. Just as I am.
“And I have told you for months that there are no more good choices. I am not happy with what I’m — what I believe I’m forced to do. But my principles dictate that where I stand. And you will understand that, as I read what I wrote this morning, and where my mind is. You can condemn if you want. That’s fine. I expect it. Don’t condemn him. Please. The pressure on this job, the pressure on him, is enormous. Enormous! I truly believe he is trying to do the right thing. We just strongly disagree.
“And if Hillary Clinton wins, if Donald Trump wins, you can kiss my ass goodbye. If Hillary Clinton wins, if we don’t reunite with everyone and have all hands on deck, there’s no chance of stopping Hillary Clinton. Zero. So do not divide any more. Please. Don’t divide anymore …
“First of all, I wish this show [had] the power to elect a president. Because President Cruz sounded very good to me. I couldn’t, and no one on this show, and Jonah Goldberg, and all of the things that he just listed — we could not get the most constitutionally minded conservative of perhaps the last 100 years, the guy we believe we waited for and prayed for, to get elected. But somehow or another we are going to be responsible for the defeat?
“I am not going to blame Sean or anyone else for helping to nominate a GOP candidate that was a Democrat, I think, last week. If Sean is a believer, if he believes that Trump is a reliable conservative, he knows him, I don’t. I don’t believe him. Sean does. I don’t lay the blame at his feet. If Sean believes that he can ascribe a logical line through Trump’s positions and that even know what Trump’s positions are — OK. If Sean believes that Hillary Clinton believes anyone — and I do mean anyone is better, I don’t blame him. I would like him to say that. That anyone is better. Anyone.”
This response is too charitable by half, but maybe we need a little more “too charitable by half” in the middle of this sorry election.