Where do Republican Presidential candidates go in the media? I recognize one of the places.
Erick Erickson has a trifecta — an afternoon radio show, a leading role at a website (Red State Blog) and an annual conference that draws the likes of [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ], Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. He’s a Fox News contributor. Conservative leaders whisper in his ear, although he has chafed at the Republican establishment. Unlike some other commentators, Erickson actively supports candidates, and his list of winners — Rubio, [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] among them — has bolstered his conservative credentials. The Atlantic called him “arguably the most powerful conservative in America today.” Although RedState.com does not have the largest audience — about 746,000 unique visitors a month, according the metrics site Quantcast — Erickson’s drive-time show radio show is heard widely, anchored by one of the nation’s largest stations, in Atlanta, and is also available online.