America's best known gold huckster, Glenn Beck, has announced that he will lead a humanitarian mission to McAllen, Texas, a hot point along the border with Mexico, on July 19th. His aim is to provide food, water, and toys (teddy bears and soccer balls) to up to 3,000 refugee children.
Well, to be honest, Beck probably did not use the word "refugee." Republican-speak for the thousands and thousands of undocumented children crossing into the United States from Mexico is "illegals."
Beck describes his upcoming pilgrimage to Texas in terms of bravery. He feels that he runs a real risk of offending his old white viewers by behaving in a humanitarian manner toward the children running north from the poverty and crime of CentralAmerica and Mexico.
Perhaps he will make the conservatives angry, though hopefully not as angry as the crazy ones in Murrieta, but some of his more cynical fans may just see this journey as a political stunt and give Glenn kudos for his craftiness.
No, surely not.
Also joining Beck in the photo-op will be Senator Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, proving once and for all that some Republicans do have hearts - or at least balls and bears.