A DERANGED HUCKSTER HAS SOME PRODUCTS FOR YOU…. Glenn Beck doesn’t want a microphone; he wants a cult that will keep buying his wares.

Glenn Beck, the popular and outspoken Fox News host, says he wants to go beyond broadcasting his opinions and start rallying his political base — formerly known as his audience — to take action.

To do so, Mr. Beck is styling himself as a political organizer. In an interview, he said he would promote voter registration drives and sponsor a series of seven conventions across the country featuring what he described as libertarian speakers.

On Saturday he held a festive campaign-style rally in The Villages in Florida, north of Orlando, in which he promoted his recently released book, “Arguing With Idiots,” and announced another book to come next August filled with right-leaning policy proposals gathered from the conventions.

For those keeping score at home, Beck released a book in June, and then another in September, with plans for yet another in August. That’s three books in 14 months. That doesn’t include the Christmas book released last year, which will get an update with a photo companion book this year. It also doesn’t include the “An Inconvenient Book” that was published in May, or “America’s March to Socialism,” an audio book released around the same time.

For a guy who seems to read a third-grade level — remember, he thinks the word “OLIGARH” is missing a “y” — Beck seems awfully prolific in creating new products for his minions to purchase.

Indeed, Steve M. gets this just right: “So now we see what Glenn Beck really is: He’s basically a televangelist. A huckster. A late-night pitchman selling seminars and book/DVD/audio combo packages that will allegedly help you get rich through flipping real estate. A human-potential-movement cult leader who promises life breakthroughs in exchange for participation in costly ‘religious’ or ‘therapy’ programs.”

Beck’s conventions will apparently be seminars, in which suckers God-loving patriots will learn all about the voices in Beck’s head Beck’s vision for a better future.

And when I say “future,” I mean future — Beck claims to be working on a “100 year plan.”

I’ve heard of long cons, but this is ridiculous.

Update: Beck’s pre-election gathering will be a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, scheduled for August 28, 2010 — the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It’s literally nauseating.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.