Erick Erickson, of the influential conservative blog Red State, and a Ben Sasse supporter, spent the morning making wild accusations against Sid Dinsdale and Dinsdale’s family.
In a post showing that he knows next to nothing about Dinsdale, the Nebraska Senate race, or the people of Nebraska, Erickson wrote an article about the Nebraska Senate race and made the following statements (we will knock down each as they come):
1) “Shane Osborn is done in Nebraska.”
Really? That’s news to us.
Osborn is either in first or second place in every poll — almost all of which have been commissioned by Sasse or Sasse supporters.
We can understand the wishful thinking by Erickson, but that is much different than trying to explain the current state of the race to his national readers.
2) “Sid Dinsdale…is a Democrat.”
Well, not only is this obviously factually incorrect, the concepts that Erickson puts forward later are laughable.
3) “Dinsdale’s wife and daughter are on the board of Planned Parenthood in Nebraska.”
No. No they are not.
And of course, by this Erickson is trying to imply that Dinsdale is Pro-Choice.
But in fact, Dinsdale has been endorsed by Nebraska Right to Life.
4) “His family has married into Warren Buffet’s family.”
We have no idea what this even means.
Is he suggesting that the heads of families get together and pair off their offspring? Sort of like with the two kings at the beginning of “Sleeping Beauty“? (We’re sure there’s an apropos Game of Thrones reference here. Help yourself.)
In any case, have you heard a more idiotic statement recently for reasoning why or why not to support a candidate?
5) “Before the campaign began, Republicans in Washington were under the impression he would be the Democrat in the race.”
Really? Which “Republicans” were these?
The same ones who thought Dinsdale’s wife and daughter were on the board of Planned Parenthood?
6) “Rumor was that he was meeting with Democrat consultants.”
Really? The Republican consultants he currently has would beg to differ.
But maybe this was part of the same “rumor” that had him meeting with the “Buffett Family” to have their families procreate.
7) Oh, but wait! Erickson later “corrected” the article.
He changed one sentence to:
“Dinsdale’s wife has given money to pro-abortion groups and
daughter his sister is are on the board of Planned Parenthood in Nebraska. * I apologize for the error. Dinsdale’s wife has contributed to pro-abortion groups, but is not on the board of Planned Parenthood. It is Dinsdale’s sister who is on the board of Planned Parenthood.”
First, note how he failed to note that Dinsdale’s wife is NOT on the PP board. And he fails to give any source for the “pro-abortion” groups that he now says Dinsdale’s wife has “contributed” to (something he left out before, in any case).
But we also find it interesting that the most damning thing Erickson can find about Dinsdale is that his sister served on the Planned Parenthood board — fifteen years ago.
By the way, not Dinsdale on the board.
Not Dinsdale’s wife — as Erickson originally told his millions of readers who probably don’t bother to read his follow-up.
Not Dinsdale’s daughter — as Erickson originally told his millions of readers who probably don’t bother to read his follow-up.
But Dinsdale’s sister.
Tell us, do YOU have a sister or brother?
Should someone hire you based on the views of your sibling?
Erick Erickson seems to think so.
Of course, curiously, Erickson has given his endorsement to Nebraska Governor candidate Pete Ricketts.
And Ricketts’ sister, whom he serves with on the Board of the Chicago Cubs, is on the board member of Lambda Legal, a prominent LGBT rights organization. And the Cubs are members of the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. And the Cubs are sponsors of Chicago’s Gay Pride events.
Ricketts said that he has never voted with his brothers and sister on these matters. But he hasn’t said whether he has opposed his sister, with whom he says he “disagrees”, in Cubs meetings.
But if Erickson thinks it is significant to point out that Dinsdale — who has been endorsed by Nebraska Right to Life — has a sister who was on the Planned Parenthood board 15 years ago, then you would think it would be significant to him regarding Ricketts very current situation with the Cubs board.
8) Erickson has written a follow-up post where he PROVES Dinsdale is a Democrat because…he DONATED to Democrats!
And then a Commenter on his blog eviscerates him by noting that since 1990, of his political donations (according to Open Secrets) 96% have gone to Republicans.
But…of course… none of this is really significant to Erickson.
Because Erickson is of the current DC cabal that is dead-set on putting South Carolina’s Jim DeMint in power over Mitch McConnell.
And Sid Dinsdale has not kissed DeMint’s ring or bowed to every DC group that wants to tell Nebraska who to elect so they can be the victors of the GOP power struggle on Capitol Hill.
But, no matter.
Not only does Erickson not realize, or care, that he is spewing false statements…
He also does not realize that Nebraskans don’t operate this way.
They don’t attack candidate’s spouses and children, and the rest of their family.
It is not the Nebraska way.
So, just as an example, we have pulled a few “facts” about Erick Erickson, in the Erick Erickson style:
- Erickson has a history of associating with Muslim terrorists on foreign soil. 1
- Erickson was a close associate of noted Democrat Ted Turner and currently shares working space with Democrat Bob Beckel. 2
- Erickson is actually an orphaned baby walrus. 3
1. Erickson moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates when he was 5 and attended the American School of Dubai.
Lord knows how many terrorists he must have played kickball with!
2. Erickson worked at CNN (owned by Turner) and later at FOX (where Beckel is a contributor).
3. Well, you can’t blame us here: