Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann … you can all go home now. The Republican “machine” has settled on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the 2012 GOP nominee and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as the vice-presidential candidate, according to popular commentator Glenn Beck.
Beck yesterday told his GBTV audience that while he’s not crazy about the prospect, that’s what it is.
“I hate the Republicans just as much as I hate the Democrats,” he said on yesterday’s program. “I haven’t found anybody I can vote for yet. … It’s going to be Mitt Romney and Rubio. You watch. It will be. That’s the way the machine works.”
The comments came in the middle of a program about the nationwide “Occupy” protests and how they’re being pushed, promoted and programmed by leftists.
Beck recalled how the movement even has been supported by President Obama, whose left-leaning ideas such as the nationalization of health care decision-making and “spreading the wealth” have been in evidence.
Beck cited Obama’s comment on the “Occupy” protesters: “I understand the frustrations that are being expressed in those protests in some ways. They’re not that different from some of the protests that we saw coming from the tea party.”
However, when the tea party was gaining momentum, Obama said, “I’ve been a little amused over the last couple of days with people having these rallies about taxes, taxes. You would think they would be saying thank you.”
He made similar comments a few weeks earlier at Glennbeck.com.
“Rick Perry may be surging in the polls of Republican primary voters, but his party insiders aren’t convinced he’ll be the best general election candidate,” Beck said. “More than two-thirds of Republican insiders say Mitt Romney has a better chance that Perry of defeating President Obama.”
Even last summer, according to Politico, Beck was expressing displeasure with the GOP.
He said assumptions that he is a Republican are not true.
“I hate them. I think they are as much of a problem as the other side,” he told Politico “If you speak out in today’s world, you’re either a Republican or Democrat. How about just being real?”
A year ago, however, Beck gently was directing people to Mitt Romney.
“I have to tell you that Mitt Romney could be the only guy that could win, and I don’t know if he could because I think that Americans are going to be, I mean, this country is going to be in deep trouble by 2012, and the next term, if it’s not decided this term, the next term will decide our fate. Then I hope that Americans are ready for an adult and are ready for hard news,” he was quoted saying.
Rubio has stated he is not willing to accept the VP nomination for 2012 because he’s been in the U.S. Senate only a year and believes he has work to finish there.