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October 14, 2009

ROCK-SALT STUPIDITY.... I can appreciate the fact that the right isn't happy with Sen. Olympia Snowe's (R-Maine) support for health care reform in the Senate Finance Committee. It's much harder to appreciate what at least one prominent, far-right activist has recommended to register conservative frustration.

RedState's Erick Erickson came up with this brilliant idea.

Olympia Snowe has sold out the country. Having been banished to our world after Aslan chased her out of Narnia, Snowe is intent on corrupting this place too.

So we should melt her.

What melts snow? Rock salt.

I'm going to ship this 5 pound bag of rock salt to her office in Maine.... It is a visible demonstration of our contempt for her. First she votes for the stimulus. Now this. It's time to melt Snowe.

As John Cole noted, this seems to be some kind of commercial endeavor for Erickson -- he wants readers to buy the rock salt through his Amazon store.

My first thought was the same as Atrios': "Surely there's no problem with sending large quantities of a white somewhat powdery substance to Senate offices..."

My second was to wonder what this little stunt hoped to prove. A right-wing blogger who isn't a Snowe constituent has sent rock salt to a Senate office -- a package that the senator will never see -- even if sent to a district office in Maine.* He wants others, most of whom will also not be Snowe constituents, to do the same. None of these packages will ever actually reach Snowe.

And then what? The Republican senator will be vaguely aware of the fact that right-wing activists don't approve of her moderation? I'm pretty sure she knows that already. Is this supposed to influence Snowe's issue positions? Is she likely to think, "Well, I was going to vote for this bill, but some folks outside Maine sent me rock salt so perhaps I'll reconsider"?

* edited for clarify

Update: An astute observer reminds me, "Sen. Snowe can probably make a lot of her constituents happy by distributing free bags of rock salt this winter. Thus boosting her re-election prospects?"

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I'm pretty sure idiots like E-squared is who she was talking about when she was bemoaning the demise of her party and how it has changed in recent years.

Posted by: Realist on October 14, 2009 at 8:03 AM | PERMALINK

This is remarkably juvenile, even for him.

Posted by: Mustang Bobby on October 14, 2009 at 8:07 AM | PERMALINK

related fake news

SUB-ROSA NEWS

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INTERNATIONAL GROUP GIVES AWARD TO OBAMA

The International Agency for Global Cooperation has given its prestigious Annual Bipartisanship Award to President Barack Obama of the United States. The grant includes the historic Jimmy Carter Silver Cup and $5000 in cash.

In its announcement, the Award Committee cited President Obama's tireless sfforts to obtain Republican cooperation for health care reform. Mr. Obama had countless meetings and social events with opposition leaders and refrained from forceful imposition of his own views.

President Obama's wise and inspiring work culminated in obtaining the vote of Senator Olympia Snowe

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Posted by: altara on October 14, 2009 at 8:10 AM | PERMALINK

Here's the irony that appeals to me: Isn't it likely that the senator from Maine -- land of frozen roads -- might actually appreciate the salt? It would make her commute easier. :)

Indeed, there are a whole bunch of ways spinning this. Snowe's conservatism has been an impediment to passing healthcare reform... the rock salt will melt away that impediment. Etc.

Posted by: Bernard HP Gilroy on October 14, 2009 at 8:12 AM | PERMALINK

I think this rock salt idea is brilliant. Just imagine how much this could save the state of Maine on its highway budget this year. Lots of wingnuts not only provide free road salt to the state, they even pay for shipping.

A big enough response might even persuade Susan Collins that she owes it to Maine to vote for health-care reform.

Posted by: Cap'n Chucky on October 14, 2009 at 8:13 AM | PERMALINK

This isn't about effective protest, this is about Erick Erickson finding a way to make a buck. After all Erickson isn't a televangelist, he can't sell salvation to his crazies. He can sell rock salt.

Posted by: Ron Byers on October 14, 2009 at 8:18 AM | PERMALINK

Holy Shit! Not Rock Salt! She'll melt for sure!

Posted by: garnash on October 14, 2009 at 8:21 AM | PERMALINK

It might cost $3 for the rock salt, but what's the shipping?

Hmmmm. It would be interesting to know if Erickson will ship each order via a trackable carrier to Snowe's office.

Snowe should express a preference for sand and announce that all salt will go to a worthy cause like Meals on Wheels.

Posted by: Tentakles on October 14, 2009 at 8:23 AM | PERMALINK

And completely OT, "Rock Salt" sounds like the name of a 1970's porn star.

Posted by: Mustang Bobby on October 14, 2009 at 8:23 AM | PERMALINK

A situation where an individual who has little grasp beyond his immediate perimeter , latches onto an idea of which there can be no proper reply , as a tactical response to a matter incomprehensible to the author sending this , to an individual he fails to comprehend , who cannot receive it , who is unnconnected as a responsible authority , protesting for profit to reconcile and conflate his fantasies about a particularly dystopian reality .
Okay , I think I have it

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Posted by: FRP on October 14, 2009 at 8:24 AM | PERMALINK

They should start yet another movement! Fox News can promote fancy, formal affairs where these livid conservatives bring rock salt and then dance waltzes and minuets.

They can call them "Salty Balls." Which should dovetail nicely with all the tea-bagging they're doing.

"What up?" Indeed.

Posted by: chrenson on October 14, 2009 at 8:36 AM | PERMALINK

Rock Salt to make Senator Snowe melt? Clever pun.

Can we throw a bucket of water on Orly Taitz and see if she melts?

Posted by: Husker Blue on October 14, 2009 at 8:40 AM | PERMALINK

They should start yet another movement! Fox News can promote fancy, formal affairs where these livid conservatives bring rock salt and then dance waltzes and minuets...They can call them "Salty Balls." Which should dovetail nicely with all the tea-bagging they're doing.

chrenson wins the internets!

And it isn't even 6:00 a.m.

Posted by: Realist on October 14, 2009 at 8:50 AM | PERMALINK

Sounds like the FBI is going to have to spend an inordinate amount of time and tracking down people who send powdery substances to Senators.

Posted by: martin on October 14, 2009 at 8:51 AM | PERMALINK

So when the GOP is accused of being a band of whiny, immature, unruly teenagers throwing hissy fits, redstate.com actually takes it as a compliment?

Posted by: Ohioan on October 14, 2009 at 8:55 AM | PERMALINK

Being in upstate NY my first thought was how can I piss them off so they start sending me rock salt?

Posted by: DR on October 14, 2009 at 9:00 AM | PERMALINK

Husker Blue - The proper treatment of Orly Taitz is to bury her in kitty litter. It absorbs oil & a lot of stink.

And chrenson, you're lucky I wasn't drinking my coffee when I read your comment, or you would owe me a new keyboard. I'm using Salty Balls, but you'll get credit.

Posted by: BuzzMon on October 14, 2009 at 9:12 AM | PERMALINK

we need to encourage this in every way possible. if every low-information wingnut wastes precious dollars on the shipping costs for 5-lbs of rock salt, that is $10 (for example) times x number of wingnuts that cannot be used for actual campaigns. Better still, lets encourage them to use FedEx priority overnight so its costs $30 each!

if they do it, we can actually say with certainty that the wingnuts are dumber than a box of rocks-alt.

Posted by: zeitgeist on October 14, 2009 at 9:13 AM | PERMALINK

My first thought was that Erickson should grow the f*ck up.

Posted by: qwerty on October 14, 2009 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK


conservatism 2009: symbols over substance..

got it...

Posted by: mr. irony on October 14, 2009 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

Hasn't Erickson had several other "send some elected official some stupid thing at ridiculous expense" campaigns?

The guy's in his 30s, I think, but has the face of a 65-year-old and the mind of a grade-schooler.

Posted by: shortstop on October 14, 2009 at 9:36 AM | PERMALINK

chrenson wins the internets!

And it isn't even 6:00 a.m.

chrenson never disappoints.

Posted by: shortstop on October 14, 2009 at 9:37 AM | PERMALINK

As a constituent of Snowe's, I can say pretty confidently that her re-election prospects are rock-solid. She's a well-regarded institution in this state. She'll cruise to re-election with comfortable numbers of Republican, Democratic and Independent votes just as easily as she always does -- no matter how many idiotic stunts wingnuts "from away" try.

Posted by: twcollier on October 14, 2009 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

I also find this "melt the Ice Queen" endeavor to be more than a little sexist.

Posted by: cha on October 14, 2009 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

"Having been banished to our world after Aslan chased her out of Narnia..."

I had to actually look up the reference and it still doesn't make sense. I though magical childrens cartoons were the devil's work.

Posted by: ScottW on October 14, 2009 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

'Melting Snowe' isn't even a clever play on words. I guess that is just too much to ever hope for, considering the source.

Posted by: jcricket on October 14, 2009 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

He's stealing this from an episode of It's Always Sunny.

Posted by: James White on October 14, 2009 at 10:05 AM | PERMALINK

I think he's confused this with one of those "Save Our Show" campaigns.

Posted by: DonBoy on October 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

I had to actually look up the reference and it still doesn't make sense. I though magical childrens cartoons were the devil's work.

They are, except when they're Christian allegories.

Posted by: shortstop on October 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM | PERMALINK

Why not just TP her office and leave burning bags of dog poop on her door?

Posted by: 2Manchu on October 14, 2009 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

This rock salt thing is a perfect illustration of the modern Republican Party: Far more concerned with slogans and props than, you know, governing. It's far too much work to propose (or try to comprehend) complicated legislation, so let's just come up with some nonsense about Tea Parties and buy bumper stickers that complain about "socialism."

Posted by: Peter on October 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

As we have seen recently a lot of Republicans are very repressed. Erick Erickson may be channelling his inner Jerry Rubin.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on October 14, 2009 at 11:23 AM | PERMALINK

I say, go for it. Mailing a 5 lb bag from (roughly) the geographic center of the CONUS to Snowe's Portland District Office costs between $12 and $14. The US Post Office could really use the business. Besides, I like the free rock salt to constituents idea.

Posted by: Bob on October 14, 2009 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

Gesture to stand up to tyranny but you would not understand. What does Obama has on Snowe? Why has she succumbed to the Chicago Machine? When are people going to stand up and stop BO from taking over the Senate with his steemroller tactics?

Posted by: sandjam on October 14, 2009 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

They won't use the Post Office -- socialism in action.

It'll have to go via FedEx or UPS.

And UPS is union...so FedEx wins.

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on October 14, 2009 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

Barack Obama, "steemroller." Best laugh I've had all week, and god, I needed it.

Posted by: shortstop on October 14, 2009 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

Mailing a 5 lb bag from (roughly) the geographic center of the CONUS to Snowe's Portland District Office costs between $12 and $14. -- Bob, @11:38

I doubt everyone will be sending out a 5lb bag of salt.I envision it more as a group activity for the monthly, local, GOP committee meetings. Get a single, large, bag of salt and spend the afternoon repacking it into teabags. Each member sends out the salt-filled teabag, for mere 45cents (or whatever). And after the job well done, they'll hold the Salty Ball, as mentioned above.

Posted by: exlibra on October 14, 2009 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

Was $20K fine enough? Maybe when Taitz becomes a real lawyer she will appreciate what just happened. I wonder if she is a mail order bride, just like her law degree? She is perfect for a reporter job with "Fake News".

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