When Egos Collide
Move Over Leno and O’Brien. Beck vs. Palin could become the next battleground of television talk show hosts.
Reports are surfacing that Glenn Beck is concerned he might be pushed out of his coveted time slot with Fox News and replaced by former Alaska Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
There doesn’t seem to be any love lost between these two political media heavy weights. Beck has already predicted that Palin won’t get the Republican nomination in 2012. "I've decided that Sarah Palin cannot be president of the United States until she can eviscerate somebody like you," Beck told Bill O'Reilly in a recent Fox News broadcast. "She's playing defense right now, and I'm not convinced she wants to be president.” Beck has not been too kind towards Palin since she joined Fox News. “I’ve never met anybody with shields up more than Sarah Palin," he said.
Meanwhile, Palin is linked with every new Republican star that wins an election. Blogs are now teaming her with Scott Brown as a potential vice presidential pick if she wins the nomination, even though that's a long way off. Brown won Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts in an upset of epic proportions. There are even suggestions Beck and Palin could battle it out over who becomes the de facto leader of the surging “Tea Party” expected to play a crucial role in this fall's elections.
So what does all of this mean for Fox News? If you subscribe to the theory that everyone likes a train wreck (and I do), get ready for more controversy and ratings for the self-proclaimed “We Report, You Decide” network.