The occupational hazard of pontificating in public is that people sometimes actually listen to what you say and write.
CNN has posted the following on its Political Ticker blog:
South Carolina blogger Will Folks defended himself Wednesday after Erick Erickson, the editor of the influential conservative website RedState.com, accused Folks of lying about having an affair with gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.
Erickson, a CNN contributor, accused Folks of “pulling the noose” on a “high-tech lynching” of Haley to gin up traffic for his website and torpedo her campaign. Haley is Erickson’s preferred candidate in the four-way South Carolina Republican primary race.
Unless he produces definitive evidence of an affair, Erickson wrote, Folks should “shut the hell up.”
Which is curious, because just six months ago, Erickson wrote a famous post, in the aftermath of House Speaker Glenn Richardson’s fall, to which he awarded this title: “When Breaking Out the Guillotine, It is Best to Chop Off All Heads at Once. The Costs of Cleanup are Cheaper.”
The young Robespierre from Macon declared that Georgia’s state Capitol housed “a host of potential leaders waiting in the wings all with adultery problems,” tossed out some very explicit names, but offered up not a single fact to back the claims up.
Erickson closed with this:
For those of you, particularly the men who are named herein and their employees, crying foul about me daring to actually talk about the rumors and say precisely what those rumors are, answer this question. Why is it that the people most concerned about these stories and pushing them hardest are not political enemies of these men, but their political friends?
Sounds vaguely like the situation over in South Carolina.
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