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Meet Erick Erickson, the Toxic Idiot Guiding House Republicans on the Debt Ceiling Fight

The notably nasty CNN commentator claims Republican House members are really taking his advice to heart.

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When asked whether historic discrimination might have something to do with affirmative action policies, Erickson insisted that while blacks did face some discrimination in the past, Hispanics, Asians and women have not. “Now we've reached the point in Texas,” he said, “where the white men are no longer the majority!” (White men may be a minority, but white people make up 70.4 percent of the population of the Lone Star State.)

Ideological litmus tests don't win elections, and Erickson helped hand a seat in a solidly Republican district in New York to the Democrats when he rebelled against the party's decision to back Dede Scozzafava -- a popular local pol with high name recognition -- in favor of Doug Hoffman, a raging Tea Bagger few people had heard of previously. Erickson wrote, “If Dede Scozzafava is the best the New York Republicans can come up with, let’s just hand the district over to the Democrats.” Erickson then helped do just that – Hoffman grabbed the nomination, and the high-profile special election was eventually won by Democrat Doug Owens.

Erickson also said feminists have brain damage because they're “too ugly to get a date,” argued that the Clintons killed Vince Foster – and warned that Obama might do away with disgraced congressman Eric Massa (he later claimed this was a poor attempt at “conspiracy humor”) -- called Michelle Obama a “Marxist harpy wife,” defended Glenn Beck's claim that Obama is a “racist” – “Given all the terrorists, thugs, and racists Barack Obama has chosen as close personal friends...” – and said that Obama's Nobel Prize was a result of “affirmative action.”

It's a sad reflection on CNN's judgment that such a nasty piece of work is given airtime on one of the country's premier news stations to spout this kind of gibberish. But that's a media job, far from the task of governing. That Erick Erickson is a person to whom House Republicans are supposedly looking for wisdom on the debt ceiling negotiations is a good deal more troubling, and may well be part of the reason we find ourselves in this ugly political mess.

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