Erick Erickson Is Not Thrilled About The GOP’s Coming Triumph

Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

His party seemingly on the cusp of a big victory, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) was ready on Tuesday to take some credit. The GOP’s expected triumph could, of course, be traced back several months ago when Republicans in his home state narrowly chose incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) over tea party upstart Chris McDaniel.

Barbour said with certainty during a television interview that McDaniel, a conservative firebrand with some questionable associations, “said some things that everybody in our party would have had to either say they agreed with or say they disagreed with.”

“And we didn’t need another Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock on steroids,” Barbour cracked to the crew on “Morning Joe,” an ample repository for talk about moderating the Republican Party.

Barbour is clearly invested in pushing the “Mississippi saved the GOP” storyline, and there will be some takers in the political press. But one guy who is not feeling that narrative: Erick Erickson, the RedState editor who supported McDaniel and has long been suspicious of big city elites meddling in the GOP.

On Monday, a plaintive Erickson wrote in Politico Magazine that this year’s midterm will only be a success for “Republican establishment types.”

“When the new Republican Congress convenes next year, tries to lead, and looks over its shoulder, there won’t be many conservatives following,” Erickson wrote.

Dismayed by Barbour’s victory lap, Erickson sounded the same note on his blog on Tuesday, lamenting the governor’s assertion that “the GOP’s destruction of conservatives in Mississippi will win this thing tonight.”

“It is worth noting that both Circle of Jerks in the press corps and the DC GOP Establishment have a vested interest in pushing out this narrative,” Erickson wrote.

Latest Livewire

Notable Replies

  1. AGGGGH! THAT FACE! THAT FACE! Stop that face!

  2. Barbour is slime. I worked in the same building (1275 Pa Ave NW) as he had his lobbying office. I would gladly kick him if he was down but people like him never miss a meal and just smile and nod at the Koch money.

  3. Erick, Son of Erick is distressed because if they win the Senate people will expect them to do more than try to repeal Obamacare.

  4. I have heard all these so called conservative say that they will repeal obamacare or take on the borders or illegal aliens etc etc the only thing I expect it more screaming at the clouds and blameing every dammed thing they will not accomplish on the president as thgo they were gonna accomplish anything at all except to give their low info voter the hallucination that there on their side …when the only side their on is their suggardaddies and themselves…but dont worry the fingers will be pointing away from themselves soon enough

  5. Well, that would be because Erickson probably realizes by now that the GOP won’t get anything done and will end up getting destroyed in 2016 because they won’t get anything done and what they do get done will be really upsetting to the people.

Continue the discussion at

29 more replies


Avatar for system1 Avatar for artemisia Avatar for dv01 Avatar for deckbose Avatar for fargo116 Avatar for downriverdem Avatar for thunderhawk Avatar for rudesan Avatar for rogu3ish Avatar for RhondaPainter Avatar for joan59 Avatar for jimtoday Avatar for boscobrown Avatar for callmeeric Avatar for korvu Avatar for Biglith Avatar for 538liberal Avatar for twowolves Avatar for theotherbear Avatar for Xeranar Avatar for cincypix Avatar for thunderclapnewman Avatar for meta Avatar for misterneutron

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: