Interview: Alexander Zaitchik

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 23, 2010

What might Glenn Beck do next that could really blow people's minds?
The final frontier for him is like a Glenn Beck reality show where he has cameras in his home and in his shower, and you can watch him sit in his study and pretend to be a scholar. The guy has just always been obsessed with recording himself; even when he had that hemorrhoid operation, he recorded himself in the hospital, and if you can't get enough of him before the Fox show, there are six different camera angles from which you can watch him do his radio show every day.

Are you done with this?
I took a long break after the book first came out; now I'm back in it. But once you figure out his template, it's easy to know exactly what he's going to do, and how he's going to plug and play into any issue. His operating procedure is basically to just piss off the left and throw incredibly rancid red meat at his base. Everything else just kind of takes care of itself.

How big is the Glenn Beck rally in Washington, DC, going to be?
Based on my following the Tea Party scene around the country, I think it's going to be pretty big. Even little groups in Pennsylvania and Ohio are in some cases sending three buses. You forget how many people will drop what they're doing and take away their vacation days to go to a Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin rally. This is their social event of the year. He's also talking about this big announcement on the 27th that's going to drive the left out of their minds, and I can't wait. He also said he's going to do something on the 28th that hasn't been done in 200 years. Who the fuck knows?

President Beck?
I doubt it. It's probably something more like a ritual burning of an American flag on the National Mall or something stupid like that.


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