Prominent right-wing blogger blasts secessionist kooks

Over the past few years, I’ve been pretty critical of Erick Erickson (above), the top guy at the conservative Web site RedState.

But I have to hand it to Erickson for the courage he showed yesterday in telling the wackier elements of  the political right that they’re NO LONGER WELCOME in the comment threads on his blog:

Barack Obama won the election.

He did not win by stealing the election. Voter irregularities always happen. It is one reason we support voter ID rules. But even in the worse scenario of reports out there, there were not enough tales of voter irregularities to matter nationwide. This is another benefit and built in safeguard of the electoral college.

Barack Obama won. He won by turning out the most people in a well run campaign. In other words, he won fair and square.

We here at RedState are American citizens. We have no plans to secede from the union. If you do, good luck with that, but this is not the place for you…

Too many people have spent the past four years obsessed with birth certificates. Now they are obsessed with voter fraud conspiracies, talk of secession, and supposed election changing news stories if only we had known.

So let’s add dabblers in this latest nuttiness to birthers as a category of people we do not welcome at RedState. Our aim is to beat the Democrats, not beat a retreat to a Confederacy that Generals Grant and Sherman rent asunder well over a hundred years ago.

Even here at RedState, while we may not much care for him, President Obama is still our President and we are still quite happily citizens of the United States. If we must drain this fever swamp that’s taken hold of a few people on the right over this past week before we can drain the swamp in Washington, so be it.

All others need not apply.



  1. Luke Fredrickson

    Don’t follow his lead Pat!

    I have come to depend on the lunacy of Applesauce commenters (you know who you are!) to get me through the otherwise solemn workday.

  2. Hear,hear Mr. Erickson!

  3. enough with your tired old liberal rhetoric. time to change the window dressing.

  4. Who is more kooky? Right wing secularists who are upset over a couple of key laws that have pushed government spending into uncharted territory? Or the significant portion of left wing truthers, who still believe that our government deliberately killed thousands of our own citizens as an excuse to wage war on some foreign country. I can’t wait until this September Morn flick comes out.

  5. Ok Nef how many left wing “truthers” are members of congress vs right wing “birthers” in congress?

  6. Steverino – Honestly, I have no idea. I would guess a little of both.

  7. Craig Knauss


    I know you don’t want to hear this, but not all of the WTC conspiracy hacks were left wing. A bunch of them were ultra-rightwing types, like the Neo-Nazis, who blamed 9/11 on the Israelis. I know you consider me “leftwing”, but I have taken on a bunch of hacks who said the U.S. or Israel had something to do with it. I explained in clear, technical terms how jet fuel was more than adequate to weaken the towers and that it was not done with explosives or thermite. Not one of them has been able to explain how thousands of pounds of explosives could be carried in, placed, wired, etc. without a single person noticing. Or how the plane crashes could have been pre-planned by Mossad (working with al Qaida?).

  8. Jeremy Cantrell

    This is clearly some Obama, Jedi mind trick being perpetrated on this poor citizen blogger. Reason from the right?



  9. Good for you Craig. Seriously. Thanks.

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