As we have discussed in class, the RNC is in a shambles. They do not have a coherent platform, but rather aggressive offshoots that trump even the best efforts of the old-school conservatives our ancestors once were (maybe?).
I’ve been reading RedState in an attempt to educate myself on issues that my mainstream liberal-leaning news outlets might not cover. I came across this piece by Eric Erickson about how a CNN article poorly depicted RedState.com.
Erickson writes, “It’s somewhat humorous that CNN.com would lump RedState in with the Tea Party Nation given our past writing about Tea Party Nation and its origins (see here, here, and here).” While I personally believe that CNN didn’t lump RedState in with the Tea Party Nation, I believe Erickson wrote a well-written, sound piece that does indeed highlight RedState’s seeming normalcy and tact in comparison to Tea Party Nation and other, more loose canon sites. All of which leads me to think a major problem with the lost voices of sane conservatives during the election comes from the hoopla and fascination surrounding the extremist voices of the republican party – those of the Tea Partiers and Fox news pundits (i.e. detrimental outlets for their own party).