Two of our favorite pseudoconservatives to skewer are fighting each other. Erick Erickson, who edits RedState and has a new gig with CNN, actually fancies himself a rock-ribbed conservative representing the base of the GOP against RINOs like Frum. Frum sees himself as a centrist voice of reason galliantly battling to keep his beloved GOP from being dragged over the abyss by us flyover country yahoos. But Frum and Erickson have one thing on which they wholeheartedly agree; both passionately hate real conservatives to their right. This is demonstrated by Erick’s disdain for Ron Paul and the subjects of sound money and the Fed (Apparently Erick is a Bryanesque populist desperately seeking to keep the little man from being crucified on a “Cross of Gold.”) and his obsession with mainstream respectability and weeding out taint. And by Frum’s … well … Frum’s whole career.
Frum happens to be in the right in this case because Erickson totally misspoke. He actually got it completely backwards. But I don’t think it is fair to say Erick lied. He didn’t intentionally lie. He just didn’t know what he was talking about. (BTW, I’ve noticed that trend a lot among pundits. To say someone lied when they clearly just got the facts wrong. Pundits are a cranky lot, I guess.)