October 4th, 2009
07:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Beck is 'out and out nuts,' Carville says

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/04/art.carville1004.cnn.jpg caption="Democrat James Carville said Sunday that conservative commentator Glenn Beck is 'out and out nuts' while Carville's wife, a Republican, had kinder words about the Fox News anchor."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Fox News anchor and conservative commentator Glenn Beck was taking incoming fire Sunday from both ends of the political spectrum, but especially from Democratic strategist James Carville.

"I think he's nuts, OK?," the outspoken Democrat said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union,"

"Just out-and-out nuts. And I also think that he's a blatant hypocrite," Carville said. "Here's somebody that sits on his show ... weeping about how much he loves America and ... and then he's absolutely giddy when his country doesn't get the Olympics. And this is - I'll tell you another thing about Glenn Beck. He wouldn't know the difference between a football, a bat and a hockey court. This guy is not - he's just all - he's just all weeping."

Carville was reacting to earlier comments Sunday on Fox News, where Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina made it clear that he was not a fan of Beck.

"[H]e doesn't represent the Republican Party," Graham said of Beck, "When a person says he represents conservatism and that the country is better off with Barack Obama than John McCain, that sort of ends the debate for me as to how much more I'm going to listen."

"So he has a right to say what he wants to say. In my view, it's not - it's not the kind of political analysis that I buy into," Graham said.

Republican strategist Mary Matalin disagreed with Graham and with Carville, who is her husband.

"[Beck] has two best-sellers," Matalin told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, "This has never happened before. Two No. 1 best-sellers in hard-cover and paperback, non-fiction. All right. Somebody out there is listening [to] what Glenn Beck says. I know he [Carville] doesn't listen and Lindsey doesn't listen."

"[Beck] doesn't affiliate with either party, or any party," Matalin also observed Sunday, "but he has tapped into this mainstream of America who feels otherwise not listened to."

Before joining Fox News, Beck anchored a show on CNN Headline News, a sister network to CNN.

Carville and Matalin are both CNN political contributors.

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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Rich

    Hockey is played on a rink (or field if its field hockey), not a court. Seems as if Mr. Carville doesn't know the difference.

    October 4, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. NancyLV

    Don't care what Carville says Glen is the man, he tells it straight if anyone has not listened to him before just listen to what he says it makes sense and most of us that started to listen to him feel the same way so those of you that don't like him who cares go bury your head in the sand and believe your government loves you and wants to listen to you.

    October 4, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Wake Up

    It's clear CNN, MSNBC and the networks have no idea about journalism, since they just are Obama cheerleaders...but Beck ISN'T A NEWS ANCHOR!! No wonder Fox News triples CNN's ratings. Beck is a commentator....Larry King is a commentator....this is why Obama got elected...because the bulk of the news media is so ignorant and in the tank for the far left.

    October 4, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. Joe

    The fact that Matalin thinks that Beck taps into the mainstream of America is laughable. The mainstream of America thinks Beck and his clones are an out of touch minority that spew hate, lies and fear. Now that is unAmerican...

    October 4, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. Social Studies teacher

    "[Beck] doesn't affiliate with either party, or any party," Matalin also observed Sunday, "but he has tapped into this mainstream of America who feels otherwise not listened to."

    It is not the "mainstream" that is being tapped into. It is the intellectually stunted base emotional response with no sense of reason. That is what is scary. If that many people can buy into what this guy is saying, then how far away are from the inmates running the asylum?

    Intelligent, reasoned, logical, empathetic people are NOT buying his book. He has tapped into a cash cow and that is all. It is mob mentality at the most commercial level.

    What is sad is that those who follow Glenn Beck think they are actually standing up for America.

    October 4, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. Steven

    Well, if anybody would know "nuts" it would be Carville. Still, his argument would be more persuasive if he could show where Beck is actually wrong rather than just disagreeing with him. If I had to choose between these two, Beck would win our pretty much every time.

    October 4, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. Dan K

    The people the left fears most are the people most villified by the left. Way to go Glenn! You have arrived.

    October 4, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. shirley calhoun

    Glenn Beck has made alot of people in Washington angry because hes exposed corruption,waste,and lies.We the people have a voice in Glenn,Rush,Hannity,and others.Glenn,Rush and Hannity are our voice.

    October 4, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Social Studies teacher

    As a follow up – I don't feel as if my voice is being heard either, but I won't follow that lunatic. And I pity those that do.

    October 4, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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