[VIDEO] Glenn Beck Compares Being a Liberal to Being an Alcoholic

In a devastating interview by CBS News anchor Katie Couric, Glenn Beck says only his alcoholism allowed him to be a liberal. Then he sobered up.
Katie Couric's Webcast interview with Glenn Beck goes a long way to getting at the man behind the bluster, and it's well worth watching in its entirety. Throughout the interview, Beck accuses Couric of trying to get a sound bite out of him that will play against him and looks around nervously. Although he's wise to try to watch his words -- any interview can rebound badly for the subject -- his paranoia is palpable.

Nonetheless, he does talk about two very personal subjects: his own alcoholism and his mother's suicide when he was 13 years old.

It was his alcoholism that informed his former views as a "social liberal," Beck explains. Once he sobered up, he saw the light.

Of course, none of that explains the millions of recovering alcoholics who are liberals. Were I not one myself, I'd say, "Give that man a beer."

Here's the transcript; video below. The comments on liberalism and alcoholism begin around 2:30.

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief.
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