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—Erick Erickson[1]

Erick Erickson is the managing editor of the conservative blogging platform RedState. A leader in grassroots conservatism thanks to his frank rhetoric and willingness to fundraise, he has become an important figure in the Republican Party during the Obama Presidency, rising to prominence in 2009 and 2010.[2]

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[edit] In real life

Erickson was a city councilman in Macon, Georgia, which made him more directly involved in politics than most bloggers. It also gave observers a chance to gauge his opinions in a real world setting, as in September 2009 when around 130 Macon policeman attempted to unionize.[3] In his response, Erik son of Erik speculated about the possibility of dissolving the police department entirely in retribution, contracting with the local sheriff for law enforcement.[4]

Unfortunately, Erickson also missed almost half of the full council meetings in 2010, as well as numerous committee meetings. In January 2011, Erickson announced his intention to resign his position before the end of his first term.[5] So much for Puritan work ethic.

[edit] SWAT-ting

In May, 2012, someone called the Bibbs County Sheriff, claiming to be Erickson, and claiming to have shot Mrs. Erickson -the Police responded accordingly, and discovered this was a tasteless prank.[6] This was a stupid idea, neither funny nor legal. The fool that pulled this only fed Erick Erickson's persecution complex.

[edit] On the Internet

RedState is Erickson's main platform for disseminating his views. The site has many columnists [7] and moderators. Despite Erickson's claimed libertarian sympathies, dissenting opinions are suppressed.[8] Through Red State, Erickson has initiated several campaigns of note.

[edit] Operation Leper

Erickson's first project was a joint operation with Michelle Malkin. The Operation was aimed at "tracking down all the people from the McCain campaign now whispering smears against Governor Palin to Carl Cameron and others...It is our expressed intention to make these few people political lepers."[9] The "Operation" promptly went nowhere and was more or less forgotten by the time his next project rolled around.

[edit] Strike Force

By 2009, Erickson had realized that real change would require him to harness the full power of his web community. With that in mind, he created the Red State Wolverines Strike Force.[10] Members of the Force would periodically receive assignment from Erickson himself. The first "mission" was a simple request to vote for Red State as Best Conservative Blog in the 2008 Weblog Awards[11], a mission carried out with great skill by the members.[12]

Most subsequent missions involved the Force members buying and sending random tchotchkes to politicians, including Silly Putty eggs, rubber balls and bags of rock salt. Left unmentioned by Erickson is that all the purchase links go through his Amazon page, meaning he profited from his "missions."[13]

[edit] Tragic: The Gathering[14]

Seeing the success of large scale meet-ups like YearlyKos/Netroots Nation, Erickson attempted to organize his own meeting, dubbed the Red State Army Gathering[15] The event was moderately successful...in that it attracted about 1/6th as many attendees as the first YearlyKos.[16]

[edit] On CNN

That's right. Erickson spent almost three years as a commentator on CNN,[17] eventually departing to join more like-minded individuals at Fox News.[18] He admitted that "before I went to CNN I was oblivious to the fact that there are ways to say things, without sacrificing or compromising my view or principle, that come off as more respectable and honest without invective than how I might have otherwise said them... CNN made me mindful of that."[19]

Someone at CNN was probably fired for this.

[edit] Influence in the 2012 presidential election

RedState (which is ultimately controlled by Erickson) maintains an editorial policy of "conservative in the primary and the Republican in the general".[20] In practice, this means editors and readers spew lunacy about their preferred candidate and obsess over ideological purity, then fall in line once their social betters have picked the most palatable candidate.

Erick Erickson was less than thrilled with Mitt Romney's "inevitability"[21] and until the bitter end, endorsed fellow Georgian Newt Gingrich for the 2012 Republican nomination.[22]

On the campaign trail, Romney tried Erickson's "47 percent of Americans don't pay taxes" canard, and it only made people like Romney less. It would seem that Erick Erickson and his ideas are only clever inside his echo chamber.[23]

In the wake of the 2012 Vice-Presidential Debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, Erickson made various whiny remarks about moderator Martha Raddatz. Prompting CNN talking-head Soledad O'Brien to reply, "You have lost your mind."[24]

Although Mitt Romney lost, some of Erickson's favored Tea Party candidates won, such as Ted Cruz, now a US Senator for Texas.[25]

[edit] Influence in the 2014 mid-term election

Erickson has decried one Florida Congressional candidate named Jake Rush[26] who is challenging tea party incumbent Ted Yoho. The reason? Insufficient piety, as evidenced by Rush's passion for live-action roleplaying.[27]

[edit] Oh, and if you were waiting for the quotes

When dealing with an intellect of the caliber of Mr. Erickson, it's often best to let his own words speak for themselves. The following is a greatest hits collection of Erickson's wit and wisdom. (For more, just read the titles of his blog posts.)

  • "In fact, exit polling by and large shows that John Edwards, by staying in the race, is taking votes that would otherwise typically go to Barack Obama. Is this a racist ploy? Is John Edwards in league with the Clintons to make sure white voters, who don't want to vote for Clinton, have a white alternative to go to, lest Barack Obama get more traction?"[30]
  • "Van Jones was just a black guy. With a black President, resources did not need to be brought to bear to defend him. Kevin Jennings,[32] however, is not just a gay man, but a man who believes in the full gay rights agenda, where men and boys can have sexual relationships free of prudish moral people frowning."[33]
  • "As the Clintons and their supporters continue their destruction of the Democratic Party, we see the latest salvo fired from the thighs of ugly nags. From the nether regions that see no men, New York's National Association of Gals is out bashing Teddy Kennedy for endorsing Barack Obama instead of Hillary Clinton."[35]
  • (In reference to new laundry detergent regulations) "At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?"
  • "What gives the Commerce Department the right to ask me how often I flush my toilet? Or about going to work? I'm not filling out this form. I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife's shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They're not going on my property."[36]
  • "The nation loses the only goat fucking child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court in David Souter's retirement."[37]

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

[edit] Footnotes

  1. [1]
  2. The Washington Independent: Erick Erickson January 1, 2010
  3. More than 100 Macon police officers express interest in forming union
  4. I May Need To Draft Legislation, Peach Pundit, September 29 2009
  5. Erickson to quit Macon City Council for Atlanta gig, Macon.com, January 6 2011
  6. "9-1-1 hoax snares conservative blogger" 8 June 2012
  7. Front Page Writers RedState
  8. "CNN and the right: Erick Erickson's Insult Problem" The Economist
  9. Operation Leper
  10. Lest you think we're kidding about the name, here's the actual logo.
  11. Balloon Juice: My first mission as part of the Red State Strike Force
  12. 7th in a field of 14!
  13. TBOGG: RedState Strike Force. They’re our men. If they can’t do it. Well, actually, nobody will be too surprised. January 14, 2009 - Of course, given the cheap goods he ordered his men to purchase, it's unlikely that Erickson saw too much cash.
  14. Name first used here
  15. Still not kidding
  16. RedState: The RedState Gathering Happens This Weekend
  17. Erickson joins the Best Political Team
  18. "Erick Erickson Leaving CNN for Fox", Politico.
  19. "Moving On", RedState.
  20. http://www.redstate.com/2014/05/20/mcconnell-for-senate/ "McConnell for Senate" "At RedState we are always for the conservative in the primary and the Republican in the general election. Mitch McConnell will be that Republican and we will help him."
  21. Mitt Romney as the Nominee: Conservatism Dies and Barack Obama Wins -8 November 2011
  22. Rick Perry's Final Act: King-Maker
  23. Conservative Bloggers are Losing this Election
  24. Soledad slams Red State editor’s moderator critique: ‘You have lost your mind’
  25. We need Ted Cruz - April 16, 2012
  26. Rush's campaign
  27. "Satan, Witchcraft, Role Play, and Challengers", Erick Erickson. RedState, April 1, 2014 (Amazingly enough, not an April Fool's Joke)
  28. Here's the killer, if you want to see for yourself.
  29. Blood for Blood. Ashes for Ashes, RedState.com
  30. Democrats: The Party of the Klan?, RedState.com
  31. Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize: He’s Becoming Jimmy Carter Faster Than Jimmy Carter Did, RedState.com
  32. This guy
  33. Common Decency Suggests We Should Not Have to Deal With This, But We Must Now Confront A White House Supportive of NAMBLA, RedState.com
  34. The Elite Become Fringe. We Will Remember Come November, Redstate.com
  35. Betrayal of the Female Reproductive Organ, RedState.com
  36. Erick Erickson Threatens To 'Pull Out Shotgun' At Census Worker, The Huffington Post, April 5 2010
  37. His Twitter page!
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