Picks and Pans Review: The Glenn Beck Program

updated 04/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Conservative commentator Beck, whose pale round face sometimes suggests the Man in the Moon in a state of shock, has become a sensation thanks to his voluble alarm at the scope of President Obama's political program. His ideas aren't surprising: The 912 Project, for example, is intended to rally us back to post-9/11 levels of patriotism. What's original is the weird, silly froth of his performance. He pouts, talks in a sarcastic, widdle-biddie voice, quivers like Jell-O smacked with a spoon, waggles his hands as if trying to shake crumbs from his fingers and sputters with an indignation tinged with self-amused irony. I rather enjoy the way he says, "Blood will shoot out of your eyes!" He's like Paul Giamatti in red, white and blue bunting.

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