Any time I have cause to mention Erick Erickson, who’s one of the dimmest bulbs in the right-wing blogosphere, I’m reminded of the first time I ever paid any real attention to him. It was back in the spring of 2007 when I happened across something he had written at RedState.com.
It was the day after one of the early Republican presidential debates, and I happened upon Erickson’s recap of the event. His piece offered nothing in the way of useful insights; rather, I was utterly amazed at how the points he tried to make were so disorganized, illogical and contradictory.
In short order, Erickson declared that “John McCain won” and that “Fred Thompson…really won.” He said that “not one of the men on the stage rose to a level to really stand out” and that “Mitt Romney shined, he stood out, he did well.” Getting back to McCain, Erickson said he “reigned supreme.”
And, as if to chastise himself, Erickson also said: “Let’s not dance around about this.”
The guy is a second-rate thinker and a third-rate writer.
Yet, for some reason, CNN hired Erickson a couple of years ago to offer occasional political insights (if that’s the word for it).
Erickson’s feeble grasp of even the basic facts of some matters was amply demonstrated on his radio talk show yesterday when he tried to address the controversy over gender discrimination at Augusta National Golf Club.
As we see HERE, Erickson doesn’t even know that the flap is not over barring women from participation in the Masters Tournament. And he faults President Obama for speaking out on this issue, but gives Mitt Romney a pass for saying exactly the same thing.
Such is the state of punditry in some quarters these days.