Your daily jolt: Erick Erickson passes on 2014 challenge to Saxby Chambliss

Erick Erickson, who discourses on Republican politics for both CNN and AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB, has quickly resolved any talk that he might challenge U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss in 2014. From Redstate.com:

Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign. It’d actually be really awesome, but it’d be really nasty. I have a seven year old, a soon to be four year old, and a wife who does not like being anywhere near a stage. I’m not putting my family through that when the best outcome would mean a sizable pay cut in pay and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement.

On the same topic, an analysis of Chambliss’ situation by Aaron Blake of the Washington Post includes these two paragraphs:

….Chambliss is hardly Public Enemy No. 1 when it comes to the tea party and the conservative base — at least not right now. Both the Club for Growth and the Tea Party Express say they aren’t focused on Chambliss at this time.

“We are not going to get distracted by a lot of bluster,” said TPX founder Sal Russo. “There is a big difference between backing off the Norquist pledge and voting for destructive economic policies.”

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Thursday’s “crazy bastard” debate between U.S. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, over the propriety of holding terrorists in places the U.S. Constitution can’t reach, is quickly becoming the stuff of legend:

Some background via the Huffington Post:

Graham had been arguing in favor of an amendment barring the government from spending money to ship terrorism suspects from the prison base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the U.S.

“The American people don’t want to close Guantanamo Bay, which is an isolated military controlled facility, to bring these crazy bastards that want to kill us all to the United States,” Graham said. “Most Americans believe that the people at Guantanamo Bay are not some kind of burglar or bank robber.They are bent on our destruction.”

The amendement passed 54 to 41, with Paul voting for it, but the Kentucky lawmaker — who later voted to end indefinite detention of Americans in the United States — wanted to make clear that crazy bastards are people, too, and that they deserve to get trials in America.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 30th, 2012
9:34 am

Erickson, Hannity, Boortz, Limbaugh – they’re all the same. They just want their names spoken in the news as often as possible. When it comes time to put up, they are nowhere to be found.

It’s all about being a celebrity more than anything else.

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red herring

November 30th, 2012
9:36 am

republicans should not cave in to the democrats one sided deal— our national debt is over 16 trillion—we must cut spending and stop spending increases. then raise taxes if necessary. until we cut and stop the crazy spending in washington raising taxes is like throwing our money in black hole. stand firm republicans and independents!! require some spending cuts and spending restraint…. what kind of a deal is one in which you give your opponent everything he wants and he gives you nothing…that’s no deal.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 30th, 2012
9:36 am

who names their kid after a road atlas?

Matt

November 30th, 2012
9:46 am

Rand Paul is 100% correct on this one.

Lindsey Graham – how on Earth do you know most of the people in Guantanamo Bay are terrible criminals, if they’ve never had a trial? Also, as he should well know, most of the folks who HAVE had hearings were released – because they never should have been in Guantanamo in the first place!

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 30th, 2012
9:47 am

republicans should not cave in to the democrats one sided deal

but of course you are conservative and your team got their arses handed to them earlier this month. We are done listening to you Cons.

Road Scholar

November 30th, 2012
9:54 am

Finn, maybe he was conceived on a coffee table….ewwwwww!

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 30th, 2012
9:57 am

maybe he was conceived on a coffee table

or delivered in the back seat?

Road Scholar

November 30th, 2012
9:57 am

Hey Jim. My first comment is being held for using the term “Ba$tard”,(real spelling) but YOUR article uses the word! Double standard? You know it is in the dictionary?

Mr. Snarky

November 30th, 2012
10:04 am

One man’s crazy b@st@rd is another man’s freedom fighter.

TiredOfIt

November 30th, 2012
10:08 am

5 minutes of listening to him on the radio is all you need to know. More of the same old GOP propaganda.

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Mr. Holmes

November 30th, 2012
10:17 am

Translation of Erickson’s response: “I’ve got some hellacious skeletons in my closet, and ain’t no way in heck I’m inviting people to drag them out into the light of day.”

Bob Loblaw

November 30th, 2012
10:18 am

Erickson wasn’t gonna run anyway. He’s obviously enjoying money and hearing his name tossed about more from what he says in his statement. Good luck in your “career”.

Georgiavet

November 30th, 2012
10:18 am

I’m glad to see Erickson LISTENED for a change – his mouth us usually open so wide, sound can’t get to his ears.

Auntie Christ

November 30th, 2012
10:26 am

Any definition of a ‘crazy b@st@rd’ would be the hawks like graham, mccain, and their predecessors of the last 60 years who spent lives and trillions in treasure to fight an ‘evil empire,’ just so we as a nation could then become an ‘evil empire’ spying on our own citizens, contracting with the eastern bloc to perform torture for us, holding American citizens without benefit of habeus corpus, demonizing anyone who speaks out against their endless war as ‘America haters,’ and obstructing any legislation that really does protect Americans, such as universal health care, infrastructure improvements, schools and hospitals, claiming ‘we can’t afford it.’ If the right wing has their way, we will unrecognizable from north korea within a generation, with a military goose stepping through the country daily, while people starve and bridges and highways crumble before our eyes, and only the elites receive education, health care and access to services.

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ThisThanTheOther

November 30th, 2012
10:30 am

RedHerringstand firm republicans and independents
Standing firm is part of the reason the Republicans got their clocks cleaned in the election. The American public is tired of the “my way or no way” attitude of the conservative Republicans. You don’t have the constituency to force the agenda.

Weetamoe

November 30th, 2012
10:37 am

After seeing what the thuggish Obama democrats did to smear Romney, it is apparent that no decent person could survive a campaign. Also, Obama’s behavior has so demeaned and denigrated the office of president who would want it? Oh, and if the word has not yet reached Georgia, another *unexpected* setback has dimmed the prospects of a robust spending spree for the holiday.

Newt is nuts

November 30th, 2012
10:39 am

My hope is that overly ambitious Tom Price will challenge Chambliss and, while doing that, give up his House seat. He will be soundly trounced in the Senate primary and we will all be better off.

Rockerbabe

November 30th, 2012
10:41 am

Surprise, surprise! Why run for office and maybe get elected and then actually be in a position to make decisions on issues, when one can sit passively on the sidelines and badmouth everyone who comes into view? What a jerk.

Rockerbabe

November 30th, 2012
10:43 am

Weetamoe:
There was PLENTY of diry being slung by your candidate; so stop complaining just because all of your dirt slinging didn’t stick to Obama.

RGB

November 30th, 2012
10:59 am

“Why run for office and maybe get elected and then actually be in a position to make decisions on issues, when one can sit passively on the sidelines and badmouth everyone who comes into view? ”

I suppose that’s one perspective.

But the other perspective is that this is the first time in the history of the United States where we have a president (and his party) who have not even tried to fix the major problems of the day. One doesn’t always succeed when he tries, but when he doesn’t even try he never succeeds.

Yes, you people won but real Americans lost. This new normal of poverty, lower standards of living, and diminished respect in the world should have its own label: “Product of Liberals of the United States of America”.

Mr. Holmes

November 30th, 2012
11:06 am

RGB: And in 2016, when the economy will have experienced about 6.5 straight years of steady improvement, and unemployment is down in the 5-6% range, and we are no longer tied up in two wars, and more Americans than ever before can rely on having adequate health care, I fully expect you to come back and acknowledge this was also a “Product of Liberals of the United States of America.” #yeahright

Zinc

November 30th, 2012
11:10 am

Erickson is nothing more than an arm chair quarterback. He believes in the Glen Beck school of ‘journalism’–scream louder than everyone and say some crazy things because all press is good press. He doesn’t have the fortitude to throw his hat in the ring. That would require him to actually stand for something instead of complaining and second guessing everyone. It’s easy when you stay on the sidelines.

Zinc

November 30th, 2012
11:11 am

@RGB “I suppose that’s one perspective.” Hope you take your own advice.

WhatWouldNixonDo?

November 30th, 2012
11:20 am

I’m just sick of the whole right/left instransigent pity party. No one’s got all the answers, and no one has the right to hold this nation hostage to their own set of beliefs.

I’m a conservative, but I’m not God. I don’t know if my beliefs are completely, unerringly right, but apparently many conservatives/Tea Partiers/Democrats/Obamanites think theirs are.

The arrogance of both sides is astounding, and this hardening unwillingness to negotiate is damaging our country.

WhatWouldNixonDo?

November 30th, 2012
11:24 am

Let me add, Erickson is a self-absorbed, pompous, egocentric, jerk. He refuses to take calls and his maddening pontifications as I try and get a minute of WSB traffic are nauseating.

Other than that, I’m sure he’s a nice guy.

Heady

November 30th, 2012
11:27 am

I’d rather listen to spanish sports talk over Eric Erikkson.

No

November 30th, 2012
11:28 am

You bed wetters got it wrong. Your one guy won – by stringing together a coalition of losers that vote for a living. Only way the House goes Dem is if Reps cave or allow the press to bludgeon them into caving. All of us producers see right through the BS from Congress. Many of the House of
Rep were elected to stop the creep of Socialism. Expect them to hold.

vahiguy

November 30th, 2012
11:37 am

Good on Rand Paul for defending due process.

Pete

November 30th, 2012
11:43 am

I just hope the ignorant electorate in this state realizes that Chambliss is a true statesman in an era where there are very few anymore and, when the election rolls around, not vote for some fire breathing radical who will embarrass our state.

Me

November 30th, 2012
11:47 am

Libs,repubs, they all suck!

Not So Casual Observer

November 30th, 2012
11:59 am

“and your team got their arses handed to them earlier this month

More liberal BS. The slim popular vote victory hardly qualifies for such a comment and that is without factoring in the number of fraudulent votes cast by Democrats.

There is not one problem we face in this country tody that is not the result of liberals, Democrats and liberalism.

A once great country is being thrown in the sewer by these lib loons.

BARON DEKALB

November 30th, 2012
12:28 pm

“The slim popular vote victory hardly qualifies for such a comment and that is without factoring in the number of fraudulent votes cast by Democrats”

You’re entitled to your crackpot opinions. The elections results were certainly not anywhere near as marginal and questionable as when Bush was appointed over Gore despite losing the popular vote. And the problems that ensued from that 8-year nightmare of misgovernment were certainly the product of someone other than “liberals, Democrats, and liberalism,” unless by liberalism you mean the economic philosophy.

DJ Sniper

November 30th, 2012
12:40 pm

There are some seriously delusional people out there. These are the ones who continue to stick to the idea that Obama won because of voter fraud.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 30th, 2012
12:47 pm

After seeing what the thuggish Obama democrats did to smear Romney

Everything the Dems slung at Romney first came out of the primary fight. Your politicians gave the Dems all they needed.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 30th, 2012
12:48 pm

once great country is being thrown in the sewer by these lib loons.

Might be a good time for you to start getting used to it because we aren’t going back.

Don't Tread

November 30th, 2012
1:08 pm

Why are we housing and feeding the detained terrorists at all? Get the information you can from them, then take them 20 miles offshore and use them for shark bait. There is a 0% chance they will attack us again, and it decreases the deficit a little. Win-win.

liberalefty

November 30th, 2012
1:23 pm

the racist birthers lost…get over it cons

Tom

November 30th, 2012
1:31 pm

Erickson’s too close to being from the same mold of a Bachmann/Akin/Murdouck/Santorum……heavy-duty thumper material. Loves to talk about the Constitution but would takeatch to it in a NY minute if they thought it was what Baby Jesus wanted them to do.

Tom

November 30th, 2012
1:31 pm

…”…take a match to it…”….

Puerile Pedant

November 30th, 2012
1:38 pm

What a pity. That was one contest that would really show the country what nutcases we have in Georgia.

By the way, did Saxby ever get over that knee injury that kept him out of the draft? His questioning of Max Cleland’s patriotism after dodging the draft was one of those wondrous moments of hypocrisy for which Jawga is famous.

RomeGaGuy

November 30th, 2012
2:59 pm

Erick must not have a book ready to release or he would still be teasing his supposed interest in running for office.

honested

November 30th, 2012
3:05 pm

Poor erik, he is at least as qualified to be a Senator as the rest of the bin offering their potential candidacy, handel, zoeller, price, etc., which is to say NOT QUALIFIED AT ALL.

But I hope they all run and demonstrate the lunacy that passes for leadership in our State.

A Ghast

November 30th, 2012
5:34 pm

All I can say is “Thank God we won’t have a hack Boortz wannabe cluttering up the political landscape.” Erick is no good on radio – why would anybody think he’d be any better on the US Senate floor?