Glenn Beck grabbed people’s attention recently when he said that if Newt Gingrich wins the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, he would consider voting for Ron Paul. Some laughed. Some got angry. But on his radio show on Tuesday, Beck reiterated that Gingrich is such a “progressive” that he makes Ron Paul look enticing (despite Paul’s “dangerous” foreign policy stance). And guess who agrees: MSNBC host and former GOP Congressman Joe Scarborough.

On his TV show Tuesday morning, Scarborough said that despite his differences with Beck in the past, he thinks Beck is right on this.

“Glenn Beck said something that I guarantee you a lot of small-government conservatives, like me, have thought,” he explained. “And that is, if I have to choose between Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich, a guy that George Will said would have been a marvelous Marxist and who is the opposite of being a small-government conservative, if Ron Paul’s running as a third-party candidate, I’m going to give him a long look.”

“Because I can’t vote for the two guys who worship at the altar of big government in their own separate ways,” he added.

Here’s the video via Newsbusters:

Newsbusters also has the transcript:

I want to bring up Glenn Beck really quickly. I bash Glenn Beck when he says really inflammatory statements. But Glenn Beck last week had Newt on. And he asked Newt the type of questions that conservatives need answers to.

Then yesterday, Glenn Beck said something that I guarantee you a lot of small-government conservatives, like me, have thought.  And that is, if I have to choose between Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich, a guy that George Will said would have been a marvelous Marxist and who is the opposite of being a small-government conservative, if Ron Paul’s running as a third-party candidate, I’m going to give him a long look. Because I can’t vote for the two guys who worship at the altar of big government in their own separate ways. And that’s the problem with a Newt Gingrich candidacy, Andy: he’s not a small-government conservative.