Erick Erickson is editor-in-chief of RedState.com, a radio host, and a Fox News contributor. This information alone provides some insight into the positions Mr. Erickson is likely to take on many issues. But to conclude, based only on this, that he is a Rush-Limbaugh-wanna-be ass, you’d need something more to go on. Something like this:
Erick Erickson tweeted this clear reference to back alley abortions of the bad old days in response to the Texas passing controversial new anti-abortion legislation. Clearly back peddling now from the remark, the tweet has since been deleted. But he’s not back peddling from his Limbaugh-like offensive nature, issuing an equally offensive, non-apology apology:
My Sincere Apologies to the Kid Killing Caucus
By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | July 13th, 2013 at 02:16 AM
I must offer up my sincerest apologies to the kid killing caucus that took it on the chin or other body parts in Texas last night.
After days on end of abortion supporters in Texas holding up coat hangers and then, yesterday, throwing feces, urine, and tampons in defense of killing kids, I tweeted out a link to a coat hanger wholesale store.
The kid killers were offended.
Now, I expected them to be offended because I was mocking their hyperbole. But they actually seem to think I was seriously suggesting some policy for the GOP.
I am so sorry. I forget that feminists and other pro-abortion activists really are as humorless as they are stereotyped to be.
In the future, I promise I’ll remind myself constantly you people really believe throwing tampons and raising coat hangers can stop the will of the people who overwhelmingly support prohibiting late term abortions. And I will act accordingly.
In the meantime, again, you have my apologies for offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realizing I was mocking you and your outrageous hyperbole and lies.
Okay, I get it. He want ratings. Limbaugh is a vociferous ass. Rush Limbaugh has ratings. Erickson probably thinks vociferous ass ⇒ ratings (which may actually be true). And besides, being an ass is much easier than being intellectually persuasive.
However, what Mr. Erickson seems to not appreciate is this: Anti-abortion legislation, like the new Texas law, really does lead to a greater number of illegal (and more dangerous) abortions. And this is exactly the point the pro-choice activists were trying to make by brandishing coat hangers around the Texas capitol. Thus, in his own sick, twisted, and clueless way, Erick Erickson is actually making a pro-choice argument.