Political Animal


November 28, 2012 11:03 AM Money and Mouth

By Ed Kilgore

So unless it’s just a publicity stunt (and his friends say otherwise), wingnut blogger and pundit Erick Erickson is mulling a primary challenge to Georgia’s U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who has a bullseye on his back for various flirtations with fiscal bipartisanship.

An Erickson run would be fitting, since his specialty has always been ideological enforcement. His bigger problem might be a crowded field of aspirants begging for the right to punish Chambliss and ensure Jim DeMint has two automatic votes in the Senate (or maybe three if you count Mike Lee). Two other national conservative icons—Karen “RTL Martyr” Handel and Paul “Evolution Is Lie From the Pit of Hell” Broun are also reported as being interested in the contest, along with Tom Price, who tied for the “most conservative House member” in the 2011 National Journal rankings.

But it’s good to see Erickson consider putting his and his friends’ money where his mouth is. And it would be pure fun to watch him and other heroes of the Far Right jockey for position and maybe ding each other in the name of the One True Faith.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Matt on November 28, 2012 11:16 AM:

    O Lord, if, in Thy endless benevolence, Thou should send Eric the son of Erick amidst us as a boon to Thy favoréd people, first make us worthy of such a gift. For we poor sinners have done nothing to deserve such a bounteous feast, and would probably shank it.

  • Ronald on November 28, 2012 11:16 AM:

    So it would seem the stories floating about of some sort of Republican resolve and/or unity were crap.
    They're still infighting, and it isn't going to get any better.
    When 'moderate' Republicans are seeing primary threats from far-right wackos (who bring money and votes), they're not going to be willing to compromise and 'do the right thing' because they're going to fear the push from the right.

    Democrats simply need to focus on GOTV efforts for 2014- that would be the best place to spend money...

  • c u n d gulag on November 28, 2012 11:18 AM:

    If he runs, at least he won't be on CNN - letting that channel save whatever shredded remnant of its reputation might still be left.

    Get rid of that sycophantic clue-free geezer, Wolf, and that imbecile King, put Soledad O'Brien on instead, and let her keep Cafferty - all he does is scream at the imaginary kids on his lawn. He's kind of fun.
    THAT, might at least be a start.

  • boatboy_srq on November 28, 2012 12:05 PM:

    It will be interesting to observe this growing trend of primarying GOP incumbents for the cardinal sin of Failing To Adhere To (The Current) Orthodoxy.

    IIRC, after Gray Davis' recall in California, they ought to know better than to throw the field open - that's how California got the Governator, and he turned out to be not half bad.

    Captcha: Softening rybkgro. Is that what's happening to the rock-ribbed oldsters in the GOP as the Teahad takes hold?

  • Basilisc on November 28, 2012 12:07 PM:

    Chambliss, some of us may remember, is only in office because of a ludicrously dishonest smear campaign. His predecessor, Democrat Max Cleland, voted against the bill establishing the DHS because of a Republican "gotcha" amendment that prohibited unions for DHS employees. Chambliss used this as evidence that Cleland, a disabled Vietnam War veteran, was somehow "soft on security".

    Now Erickson wants to use Chambliss's openness to revenue increases as a way to reduce the deficit as evidence that Chambliss is a high-tax liberal.

    Oooooh, Karma's SUCH a bitch.

  • ComradeAnon on November 28, 2012 12:11 PM:

    Educated in Dubai, stellar Twitter history, thinks the President is a racist, misogynist. Hey, he'll fit right in!

  • Kathryn on November 28, 2012 12:16 PM:

    Well here in Virginia it looks like Ken Cuccinelli will be unopposed for governor as the Teapub candidate, you can't get much more radical than our current Attorney General, one rigid scary dude. The charismaless Lt. Gov. has thrown in the towel. For the Democrats, we have Terry McAuliffe former head of DNC, I think, and Clinton confidante.

    Cuccinelli is truly radical, expect and have reason to expect, Democratic response to his candidacy will be fierce. He's the worst of the worst, but polished and fairly handsome, fwtw. McAuliffe should be a good fit in northern high population No. Virginia . Cuccinelli would make current Gov. Bob McDonald look like a moderate.

  • Ron Byers on November 28, 2012 12:25 PM:

    All of the wingnuts on the list would be relatively easy prey for a good Democratic candidate. If the Democrats play this right they could pick up Chambliss' seat in the general ala Todd Akin, Sharon Angel et al.

    Actually of the list Erickson would be the best general candidate, but he might still lose.

  • POed Lib on November 28, 2012 12:46 PM:

    As someone who has run for office, I know personally that running for office is not the same as posting online about politics. Erickson is gonna have a rude rude awakening. It's amazing how many people you find out there who think different from you. Really about anything.

  • jjm on November 28, 2012 2:27 PM:

    He's seeing the end of the right wing gravy train, so he wants to do what right wingers always do: look for a good paying government job with great benefits.

  • evap on November 28, 2012 2:40 PM:

    Unfortunately, the Democrat bench in Georgia is very thin. There's not really a "good Democratic candidate" to run against whoever wins the Republican primary

  • pjcamp on November 28, 2012 11:39 PM:

    Nothing that could happen to Chambliss could be less than karmic, no matter how nasty, after the assassination job he did on Max Cleland.