I have definitely evolved over time…Erick Erickson Explaining to Howard Kurtz Why he Regrets, Among Other Things, Publicly Calling retiring Justice Souter a “Goat-F*cking Child Molester”
Erick Erickson says he’s evolved. Honest he has! He learned his lesson after that Tweet he posted last May – twice – about Justice Souter.
Yeah, really, it was about the dumbest thing I’ve done. You now, counter-intuitively, I guess, some good came out of it, the very first time I’ve realized, Howard, how what I do for a living affects my family as well. Uhhh, having my three year old heckled and booed in the front yard by a neighbor, having my wife be berated at her office…
Yes, in the course of less than a year, Erickson has learned his lesson -- which is that Erick Erickson posting grossly irresponsible tweets accusing a public figure of bestiality and pedophilia is wrong because it adversely affects Erick Erickson and the people Erick Erickson loves.
Justice Souter’s family possibly getting heckled and berated? No biggie. It’s all about Erick Erickson, whose greatest crime in the past, really, if you listen to Erick Erickson, was being too darned modest about anyone paying attention to little ol’ him. As he blushingly confesses, “Up until that moment I always considered I was just a guy chatting with friends even on Twitter, and realized I’ve actually reached a point where people listen to what I say and care about what I say.”
Because in addition to being modest, he’s passionate! Back in 2008, when Erickson wrote a piece entitled “Is Obama Shagging Hookers Behind the Media’s Back” and concluded that “Obama’s Marxist harpy wife would go Lorena Bobbit on him should he even think about it,” he was just being “very passionate and aggressive in defending” his side. He wasn’t attacking! He was defending!
And really, he’s just an ordinary concerned citizen like any other American driven into a state of insensate rage after reading the ingredients on his box of Calgon. When Erickson wrote “At what point do people march down to their state legislator’s house, pull them aside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot,” he was responding to the kind of provocation, the sort of “unwarranted government intrusion” that would drive any reasonable human being to react in that manner.
“The case in that situation was Washington State banning phosphates from dishwasher detergent,” he explains.