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Voter conundrum: both parties stink

In the opening paragraphs of his new book, Erick Erickson forcefully lays out the conundrum facing voters in the fall: both parties stink.

The editor of, a site for conservative activists, puts it this way: “They’re all terrible. All of them. Democrats. Republicans. … The Republicans gave us progressivism … the Environmental Protection Agency … Earl Warren, Nelson Rockefeller, Dede Scozzafava, Charlie Crist, and the list goes on and on and on.

“The Democrats, by contrast, have given us over to European socialism, degenerated our moral society, destroyed the nuclear family, never met a race they didn’t bait, and mushroomed the GOP’s spending programs.”

But if he had to choose, Erickson not surprisingly goes with the Republicans: “As bad as you or I may think the Republican Party is, at least it will not sell us down the river to our nation’s enemies.”

In a posting on, Erickson introduces readers to the first page of his book, “Red State Uprising: How to Take Back America,” due out in September from Regnery Press.

In April, Political Bookworm previewed the book. According to its Amazon page, the book calls on those fed up with an “arrogant federal government” to join an uprising and bring government down to its right size to ensure economic growth, individual liberty and private property rights.

At that time in April, Erickson was embroiled in a controversy over comments he made on RedState radio asserting that if a census worker sought to enter his house to interview him he would brandish his wife’s shotgun. He later clarified his comments, saying the left misconstrued his words to make it seem he advocated killing census workers.

Now Erickson has his eye on beating back the socialists – of both parties. “With the rise of the tea party movement,” he writes in his book, “conservatives must unite to clean up the Republican Party. If they don’t, voters will keep rejecting Republican pseudo-socialists in favor of authentic socialists.”

By Steven E. Levingston  |  July 30, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
 | Tags: erick erickson; red state uprising; failures of democrats and republicans  
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the comment about raising a shotgun to a census worker is typical. the folks who invoke the Constitution and the rule of law the loudest are the ones who respect neither. The census is a Constitutional requirement to apportion representation in Congress, and the law requires cooperation with census workers. It's not a recent marxist conspiracy.

Posted by: JoeT1 | July 30, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Can we get real here? A con....servative tells us that BOTH parties stink, but he chooses the con...servative party! wow.
Without, of course mentioning that the reBPublicanazis a)want to steal granny's Social Security b)sent the troops in unarmored c)privatized the country's intelligence(!) d) Patriot Act! e)fought the GI bill e)gave us Fox f) Limppurger g) Bendoverbecky h)talk show radio i)shut down stem-cell research j)anti-abortion, pro-death-penalty k)vermin at Walter Reed l) two wars, underfunded VA hospitals m)Sherrod hoax n)Halliburton, Arab co handling US services' logistics o)packed Supremes p)paid "journalists" for fan press
q)Katrina r)trillion-dollar tax-cut giveaway to rich, 2003 s)outed CIA agent t)made it impossible for poor to use bankruptcy protection u)opposed minimum wage increase v)repealed Black Lung disease benefits w) cut Children's Health Insurance Inititative x)Iraqi WMD y)Rove z)Jack-off Abramov a1)Pat Robertson b1)homophobic c1)Iran-Contra d1)Bush e1)Cheney f1)'compassionate conservatism'
g1)medicare & medicaid cuts h1) 2 wars!
i1)enron, Schwartzenegger's buddy j1)stock market fraud k1) 10 commandments in courthouses l1)Abu Ghraib m1) Tom deLay n1)abstinence-only o1)Gingrich p1)draft dodgers as 'leaders' q1) diluted health care r1) diluted finance reform s1) diluted t1) hypocrisy u1)class warfare v1) exported American jobs w1)Saudi suckups x1)
stole prez elections 2000 & 04 y1) 'bridge to nowhere' z1)anti-environment...

This could go on...

Posted by: tigre1 | July 31, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

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