So I listened to Glenn Beck's speech at the 8/28 Rally this weekend, and, as someone who has encountered more than his fair share of Beck, I have to say: There was nothing new there. His speech consisted almost entirely of riffs from his radio show, and the kind of people who would come out for the rally had probably heard it all before. It was a rally in the strictest sense of the word, an attempt to drum up interest and enthusiasm.

(And I could literally spend all day addressing all of the dumb points in his speech, but I have other things to do and so I'm going to stick to one: Beck's suggestion that parents "pray with their doors open" so their children can see is an interesting choice of words, since Jesus specifically says that door should be closed:

Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

but as Anthony pointed out this weekend, Beck and his followers have a tendency to do the exact opposite of what Jesus says, anyway. Which is funny for people who cling to what they imagine to be the most literal interpretation of the Constitution possible.)

I was a little surprised to see Beck bang the religion drum so loudly, because his Mormonism makes him a hugely polarizing figure on the Christian evangelical front. I'm willing to bet that a large portion of Beck fans don't even know his religion, and that if they found out he was Mormon, they would immediately change their opinion of the man. He's treading on dangerous ground. And Sarah Palin's suggestion that Americans "honor" Martin Luther King Jr. (who was a pacifist) by "honoring the troops" was typical Palin. I will say no more about her.

If you're looking for roundups, the (blessedly redesigned) Wonkette has some great photos from inside the rally here, here and here.