This week in The Villages was about waiting – waiting for Thanksgiving and waiting for Sarah Palin to show up, or more immediately, waiting in line overnight for a chance to have Glenn Beck sign a copy of his book, “Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government.”
Beck, a Fox news commentator, chose The Villages as the spot to finally reveal details of “the plan” he has been hyping in the media. Beck described the event on his web site as “a candid citizen-to-citizen chat.”
While some expected Beck to announced candidacy for a national office, the big news turns out to be a series of voter education conventions. Beck said he has “stopped looking for a leader to show us the way out…[and] the only one who can truly save our country is us.” The conventions will kick off in March, in Orlando.
Reports estimate that as many as 25,000 showed up at Lake Sumter Landing’s Market Square to hear Beck’s plan. The Villages is known as a Republican stronghold and many area residents were enthusiastic about Beck’s conservative message.
Beck hosts “Glenn Beck,” on FOX News Channel. The show “breaks down and examines various stories and topics through the lens of his unique libertarian perspective.”
Beck also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show (“The Glenn Beck Program”) which is heard in more than 300 cities. It is one of the highest-rated national talk shows among adults ages 25 to 54.
Beck’s visit to The Villages is sandwiched between last week’s visit by former Republican presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, and Sarah Palin’s visit, slated for Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Huckabee, last week, signed copies of his book, “A Simple Christmas” at the Lake Sumter Landing Barnes & Noble.
Tuesday, Sarah Palin should be in The Villages, promoting her new book, “Going Rogue”. During her last visit to the community, in September, the former Alaska governor drew a crowd comparable to the one Beck drew this weekend.