So, earlier this week, I (along with half the progressive blogosphere) mocked Erick Erickson’s dark hints that ‘somebody’ ought to primary that RINO Saxby Chambliss. Yesterday Erickson wrote an open letter to the other members of his political gated community’s HOA complaining (this may shock you) that national Republican Party operations are controlled by a cabal of professionals who have enriched each other even at the expense of Conservative goals. (“If money is the root of all evil, for the Republican Party evil is located on the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314.” More like 666 Canal Center Plaza, amIright?!?)
However, while the RedState commentors were enthusiastic about the idea of a purge, or purges (anybody who thinks the Obots-v-firebaggers civil wars are overwrought has never read Redstate), reaction to Erickson’s make-me-an-offer primary fandancing was… less than encouraging. Today Politico (via Paul Constant) reports:
RedState co-founder Erick Erickson said Friday he won’t challenge Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a GOP primary.
“Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign,” the well-known conservative blogger wrote on RedState. “It’d actually be really awesome, but it’d be really nasty. I have a seven year old, a soon to be four year old, and a wife who does not like being anywhere near a stage. I’m not putting my family through that when the best outcome would mean a sizable pay cut in pay and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement.”…
In its role as the racing form tipsheet for political bookies, Politico thoughtfully includes side-by-side headshots of Chambliss and Erickson, offering an unwritten assessment that the
smug-faced fresh-faced young challenger would be eaten alive by the hard-eyed pro (and I’m not entirely sure that’s a metaphor). But then Politico goes on:
… Erickson joins former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in passing on a challenge to Chambliss. Karen Handel, the former vice president at the Komen Foundation who sparked a national controversy by moving to defund Planned Parenthood, has been mentioned as a potential challenger.
What are these Georgian GOPers trying to do — out-crazy South Carolina?