It seems that Glenn Beck decided last week to graphically illustrate his perpetual psychotic break as a "scale of freedom," which I have roughly reproduced below.
Anarchy-->US Constitution-->Tea Party-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->GOP-->Moderates-->Democratic Party-->Hollywood & Media-->Totalitarianism
The Tea Party is where "America is," as Beck explained it, hence its wide occupation of the political spectrum betwixt Anarchy-lite (the Constitution) and "the smallest-government GOP guy you can think of." You will note that "Moderates" are located between GOPers and Democrats, but that's just media trickery, a kind of mirage, tutored Beck. In reality they, the moderates, are "fleeing the parties" and heading graphically left, which is actually right--i.e., Tea Party territory.
So why is this significant? Why are the dissociative ravings of an incurable huckster noteworthy? Because Tea Partiers vote; they find primary elections especially charming opportunities to do so; they reject traditional media and follow deracinated whackjobs like Glenn Beck instead--and though Beck seems to be encouraging an organized movement of the right away from the GOP, the red-state/district primaries in which Tea Partiers vote and thereby decide general-election outcomes remain Republican affairs.
Nonetheless Beck has located his moderates--the Tea Partiers--squarely outside the conventional two-party system, which leaves for the future only a third-party option, with Beck, perhaps, as the anti-Rove. He has to go somewhere, and he might as well go there. And if Beck does go there, he could become, paradoxically, the GOP's savior.