SEARCH ALL ARTICLES BY Erick Erickson:
RedState's Dear Leader.

RECENT ARTICLES

    Ronald Reagan and What I Got Wrong

    Ronald Reagan and What I Got Wrong

    Every person who talks and writes about politics gets stuff wrong. I’ve gotten my fair share wrong. But what I think I got most wrong in Campaign 2012 was the damage Mitt Romney’s “47%” remark would do to him. It may seem obvious, but bear with me. Mitt Romney was talking off the cuff to a supposedly off the record group of donors and muddled | Read More »

    The Ending Spending Model

    Yesterday I was less than complimentary of a bunch of the money spent by Republican billionaires and millionaires to advance the GOP this past year. Many of them threw good money after bad, hired marketers for technology, pooled their money with GOP ad guys who wasted it all, and some invested in massive and elaborately bureaucratic groups.One model moving forward that these people should consider | Read More »

    On the RSC Chairman’s Race

    The most important vote that will happen very soon is the vote for Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the conservative group within the House Republican Conference that often finds itself trying to pull the Republicans to the right. These past two years, it was the RSC leadership that pressed the GOP to avoid selling out to Barack Obama repeatedly, insisted the GOP keep its | Read More »

    Can We Replace John Boehner With Paul Ryan?

    John Boehner has been willing to throw his conference under the bus repeatedly. We know from the Bob Woodward book that he was willing to raise taxes. We know he cut a deal with Barack Obama without consulting the rest of his conference. We know it blew up in his face.We know he now doesn’t even want to fight Obamacare, calling it the “law of | Read More »

    Rich Idiots and the Republican Gigolos

    A lot of Republican donors are idiots. Right now they are licking their wounds. They got played by a bunch of Republican gigolos, largely known as “tech consultants.”It wasn’t just Team Romney and ORCA. It happened across the Republican Party. Millionaires and billionaires shelled out huge sums of money to outside groups that promised the moon and delivered a crater instead. They became sugar daddies | Read More »

    Is It Time to Roll Up the Welcome Mat Here?

    Barack Obama won the election. He did not win by stealing the election. Voter irregularities always happen. It is one reason we support voter ID rules. But even in the worse scenario of reports out there, there were not enough tales of voter irregularities to matter nationwide. This is another benefit and built in safeguard of the electoral college. Barack Obama won. He won by | Read More »

    Tags:

    Known Unknowns

    “[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say there are things that, we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.” —Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld Byron York has a terrific article in this fact free | Read More »

    Red

    A friend’s daughter wrote this last week after the election. He emailed to see if I had an interest in posting. I got busy traveling and failed to, but wanted to make sure this got up.RedThe dark horses, it’s over nowWe’re counted outWe’re felled and downAmidst a struggle ugly to remember Do we regret this fight we fought?Not one bit of one of us, our | Read More »

    Tags:

    No.

    No.

    If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. — President Calvin Coolidge For five years I have consistently maintained that Mitt Romney could not be elected President of the United States. The only thing that changed was Barack Obama’s terrible debate performance and I made the unfortunate mistake of | Read More »

    Dear Conservative Organizations

    Rumors are swirling that many Republican Governors are thinking of going wobbly on setting up state level healthcare exchanges to comply with Obamacare, instead of forcing the federal government to set up a federal exchange.The deadline to notify Washington is November 16, 2012 (though possibly moved to December).Michael Cannon has an excellent must read on why no state should do so.Further, the Republican Party controls | Read More »

    From November 8, 2011: See, I Told You So

    Yep, I’m going to label it that way.Only after the first debate did I start to think Romney could win (and frankly, given the way some of you people reacted when I said the polls weren’t rigged, I’d have kept my mouth shut if I thought otherwise), but for five years I have been saying roughly what is now happening would happen — Romney would | Read More »

    11.11

    11.11

    On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of this year in the twenty-first century, we pause to honor our veterans on this Veterans Day and remember that first of the great world wars, which ended the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. To those who served, we thank you. In Flanders fields the poppies | Read More »

    The Only Thing You Need to Read Today About the Election

    We are three days removed from a brutal election for the GOP. A lot has been said. I have decided it is virtually all bull crap. Whenever the GOP loses — actually going back to some time around 1972 and the re-election of Richard Nixon — Democrats have told the GOP they are going to lose the demographic battle. Demography is only destiny when you | Read More »

    Tags:

    It Is Time to Throw the Social Conservatives Out of the GOP

    It is time to throw the social conservatives out of the GOP. Look at what they got us — Barack Obama. It was the social conservatives who did it. They insisted the GOP support real marriage and children. To hell with that. I’m getting this, in various forms, from lots of tea party activists. The GOP establishment in Washington is whispering it to each other. | Read More »

    Tom Price for Conference Chairman

    Tom Price is the former Republican Study Committee Chairman who is now running for conference chairman within the House Republican Conference.His opponent is Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington State. She has a HAFA score of 56%, 10 points lower than the House Republican average. Rep. Price, however, a 78% score, twelve points higher than the House Republican average.Speaker Boehner is pushing McMorris Rodgers because | Read More »