Ross Douthat begins his latest column with an admission:

Entering this weekend, I was convinced that Glenn Beck’s star was about to go into eclipse.

But the weekend, for Mr Douthat, seems to have been something of a revelation.

This was a tent revival crossed with a pep rally intertwined with a history lecture married to a U.S.O. telethon — and that was just in the first hour.

Read the rest here.