Pope Erick To Become the Grand Inquisitor

Even among those who read Erick Erickson’s wild posts this morning demanding that Republicans be willing to engineer a government shutdown if necessary (and it would be) to kill funding for Planned Parenthood, the prevailing assumption might be that the man will calm down and refrain from placing the 10 presidential candidates attending his cattle call next weekend in an uncomfortable position by continuing this unreasonable crusade.

Wrong-o:

This is probably not good news for anyone not named Cruz, Huckabee or Jindal. The irony is that the one presidential candidate who’s actually taken steps in the direction Erickson’s demanding is Rand Paul, who isn’t planning to be in Atlanta next weekend because, you know, he “doesn’t do cattle calls.” Lord only knows what Donald Trump will say.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.