ANOTHER STEP BACKWARDS FOR THE ‘RIGHTROOTS’…. It’s always been impossible to take Erick Erickson, RedState’s editor, seriously. When we last heard from the fairly prominent conservative blogger, he was writing about violence against elected public officials who were regulating chemicals in dishwasher detergent.
It gives one a sense of the guy’s credibility and level of seriousness.
Today, Erickson was in rare form, accusing President Obama of taking active, deliberate steps to encourage a deadly terrorist attack against the United States. He wasn’t kidding — Erickson seriously seems to believe the president wants terrorists to kill Americans.
The best strategy would look something like taking a band-aid off quickly. Get the pain over fast. And if an attack happens quickly enough into the new administration, they can blame Bush.
So the Obama administration is working hard to release all the memos on interrogations, change all the policies Bush implemented, and clear out the old as fast as possible. Never mind that if it were done slowly over time, our terrorist enemies might not be so incited to attack.
If your working premise is that they are going to attack anyway, get them incited quickly, get it over with, and blame Bush. There is no other justification for so quickly making us less safe.
When this truly insane idea sparked some criticism, Erickson, apparently playing by junior-high-school rules, “Truth hurts I guess.”
Let’s also not forget that Erickson is not a fringe, obscure right-wing blogger, but a prominent conservative voice and a writer popular in the Bush White House.
Last year, in an interview, Erickson acknowledged that the “netroots” have an advantage over the “rightroots,” but attributed it to an asymmetry in free time, since conservatives “have families because we don’t abort our kids, and we have jobs because we believe in capitalism.”
Here’s a rival idea: prominent liberal bloggers aren’t inclined to drift into lunacy, writing posts based on deranged conspiracy theories.