TIME: Glenn Beck: The Mormon radical?

Glenn Beck seems omnipresent. If he's not gathering followers on the Washington Mall, he's blasting the "socialist-progressive" Obama administration on his hour-long Fox News program or his three-hour long radio show. In between, he somehow makes time for the Glenn Beck University, his news site The Blaze, his public appearances with Sarah Palin and Bill O'Reilly or on tour, touting one of his many books. One man who has been following Beck's journey from alcoholic to small-time radio personality to political juggernaut is Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. In his new book Tears of a Clown, Milbank theorizes that when Beck says the Constitution is hanging by a thread, he's actually channeling Mormon founder Joseph Smith, who preached that the church's leaders would eventually be needed to save the constitution. Among other things, Milbank discusses with TIME the Beck phenomenon and conjectures whether we'll see him running for President in 2012.

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