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Not to sound all PBS . . .

But RedState could not do it without readers/users like you.

On newsstands Monday is a profile of RedState in Newsweek. You can check it out here complete with a misspelling of my last name in the first line. Heh.

After suffering demoralizing losses in the Nov. 4 election, the GOP is searching for new voices to spur a comeback. But the party’s right wing tends to distrust anyone who’s too comfortable inside the Beltway, which is partly why Erickson—White House visits aside—has built such a following. The worldwide headquarters of his RedState.com is a sleepy coffee shop in Macon, Ga., 700 miles from Washington. They must brew a strong cup of joe there, because from his remote perch, Erickson has grabbed his party’s power brokers by their elephant-stitched suspenders. Avid readers include Rush Limbaugh, former senator Fred Thompson and House Minority Leader John Boehner. When rising GOP star Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia decided to run for minority whip, the party’s No. 2 post in the House, he announced it on Red State. When Thompson wanted to share that he’d had a bout with cancer but was now in remission, he posted a personal note on Red State.

Thanks guys. This really is a testament to all of you. The next four years will be one hell of a ride. I couldn’t think of a finer group of people to travel with than all of you.

BTW, that cofee shop is Joshua Cup Coffee, where all the profits go to a faith based children’s charity. Yes, our part of the VRWC is, when not run out of my house, run out of a Christian coffee house with a great big old sign when you enter that reads, “Fear of the Lord is the root of all wisdom.”

UPDATE: It’s been a long time coming. Josh Painter is now a front page contributor.

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