Erick “Voice of the Gated-Community GOP” Erickson has another Big Sad [warning, Redstate link]:
As you wake up this morning, however hard it may be to believe, we are actually three weeks away from the first votes being cast in Campaign 2012. Three weeks from today, in the Iowa cold, people will gather and support their man.
And three weeks out is perhaps the perfect time for me to ask this. Have conservatives entered a suicide pact? Has the Republican Party, as a whole, done the same?…
I think, given the direction the Obama team intends to head with their campaign theme, we would be crazy not to reconsider Perry, given how effective his biography and life story would be combatting that theme. If not Perry, perhaps Huntsman does deserve a look given his private sector and Reagan administration experience. Both men, however, have things they must show conservatives in order to get conservatives back on board for Perry or on board the first time for Huntsman.
I do know that a lot of people are ready to sign off on Newt Gingrich because of his debating prowess, not his conservative bona fides. If people know what they are getting going into this, so be it. But I think a lot of people don’t…
[A]re we sure he’s the guy? We’ve only got three weeks to be sure. The future of conservatism as a political force is at stake.
So, Erickson considers Gingrich’s “conservative bona fides” inadequate, and would prefer to vote for either “The Best Little Whore in Texas” or the human version of Willard Romney. But only if they show Erick a little more leg, maybe let him get to second base…
If the Redstaters want a candidate who’s not afraid to bare it all, and the more publicly the better, perhaps it will hearten them to know that Donald Trump has decided “not to be the moderator of the Newsmax debate… so that it wouldn’t appear as a conflict of interest if he decides to run as an independent“. (I think it’s heartening that Garry Trudeau can still influence the media discourse, but then I’m a cynic.)