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Post-shutdown, right-wing media assigns blame

Now that the budget battle of 2013 is complete, the right-wing media is taking the next logical step: assigning blame.

As he usually does,'s Erick Erickson is leading the charge with a post that serves as a call-to-arms (while also sounding, ironically, like some long-lost Bolshevik pamphlet), titled "Advancing. Ever Advancing." While many Republicans have come to question the strategy of shutting down the government in order to force the defunding of Obamacare, Erickson believes the blame for the GOP's defeat belongs solely to the party's leaders in Congress. He's especially scathing when it comes to Senate leadership, writing:

Men like Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and others have preached a great sermon against Obamacare, but now conservatives who supported them see that these men have refused to actually practice what they’ve been preaching. They’ve refused to stand and fight with the rest of us.

Erickson finds the silver lining, though, noting that the fight has exposed the weak-kneed "frauds" in the Republican ranks and given conservatives a clear indication of who deserves to be replaced by an even more right-wing primary opponent:

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