You know, it’s really beside the point that CNN should have already known Erick Erickson is a giant douchebag. And I say, “douchebag,” in the most objective manner possible. If there ever be a scientifically verifiable measure of douchebaggery, Erick Erickson shall score highly on every indicator.
The point is, he’s such a douchebag that having him out there as an example of how far out to sea the rightwingers are is beneficial to me. Politically, anyway.
But is that all I want? Mere political advantage? I always have to believe everybody in the country would be better off if we had two viable parties with honest philosophical differences. And yet an “important voice” in our culture is raving like an absolute lunatic about brandishing shotguns at poor census workers for doing their constitutionally mandated job. It’s so over the top that Erickson debunks himself, thus my political advantage. Yet the end result of the jabbering madness from fistheads like Erickson and airheads like Michelle Bachman is low census return rates for Republican regions. Again, politically advantageous for me, but it ends up meaning less representation and money for those regions. And despite all the red state rhetoric, it’s the red states who end up needing government aid the most. Dad’s idiotic allegiance to rightwing conspiracy theories means his kids may receive less aid. And that’s not better for the country by any stretch.
So yes, please make my opponents smarter, able to wield policy smarts as well as rhetorical muscle. Idiots like Erickson make short-term political prospects brighter, but if Democrats can’t be kept on their toes, they’ll get fat and lazy and lose again anyway.
p.s. Counter-argument: Erickson’s brand of stupidity worked well in 2002 and 2004, which is a large reason why much of the Republican party is unrepentant about the Bush years. The repeated defeat of Democrats was the kindling that the internet lit on fire, resulting in the re-awakening of the left. The Republicans really thought they had it all figured out back then. The tactics were short-term and short-lived, but they figure that another major terrorist attack will recharge their batteries and return screaming banshee morons like Erickson to the top of the heap.
But as I said, the resulting boost to the Democrats resulted in a great deal of harm to the country. Sure, we got big majorities and Obama in office (thus health care reform), but Bush and the GOP had damn near taken the country down with them. So again, better opponents means better governance overall, thus a land better served.