After Joe Walsh came on the air again and doubled down on his attacks on wounded veteran and political opponent Tammy Duckworth, for supposedly talking about her service too often on the campaign trail and nothing else (which she hasn't), leave it to Red State and unfortunately for anyone who watches the network, CNN contributor, Erick Erickson to come to his flame throwing buddy's defense.
Here's more on that from our friends at Media Matters: UPDATE: CNN's Erickson Defends GOP Rep's Attack On Wounded Veteran :
After Walsh received widespread criticism for his comments, Erickson wrote a post on RedState.com: "I support Congressman Joe Walsh a thousand percent and you should too. Pony up your checkbooks while you are at it. He's in the midst of a manufactured scandal because he dared utter an inconvenient truth." Erickson claimed that "the left went into overdrive" when Walsh "pointed out that Duckworth's service in the military is about the extent of her public campaign platform" and concluded that "[a]ll he did was tell it like it is. That's what is so refreshing about Joe Walsh."
But Erickson's defense of Walsh misses the point of the controversy . Walsh didn't limit his attack to Duckworth's record on policy issues, his comments explicitly created a distinction between Duckworth and "our true heroes" in the military. In fact, after given the chance to walk back his statement, Walsh called Duckworth a hero but qualified it by stating, "unlike most veterans I have had the honor to meet since my election to Congress, who rarely if ever talk about their service or the combat they've seen, that is darn near all of what Tammy Duckworth talks about."
Appearing on CNN's The Situation Room on Friday afternoon, Erickson continued his defense of Walsh and claimed that Duckworth "doesn't spend a lot of time talking about the issues," again avoiding and deflecting from Walsh's attack on her military service.
He said that Walsh "calls it like he sees it," adding "I actually stand by what Joe Walsh said."
Why... oh why, Erickson is part of the "best political team on television" as CNN likes to call themselves, is beyond me, but so are most of the rest of the people that they have on the air at that network, so I guess he fits right in. That said, I do think hiring someone who called a Supreme Court Justice a goat f**king child molester along with the hire of his fellow flame throwing hack Dana Loesch does represent a new low for the network I did not think they'd sink to, before they actually hired both of them, in a race to the bottom to become Fox-lite.
Erickson's exchange with Blitzer below the fold.
BLITZER: Let's get some reaction to what we just heard from Tammy Duckworth in our "Strategy Session." Joining us now two CNN contributors, the Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and Erick Erickson. He is the editor-in-chief of redstate.com.
I got to say, Erick, you caused a huge stir out there in blogospear, if you will, when you wrote this on redstate.com. You wrote, when Congressman Walsh pointed out Duckworth's service in the military about the extent of her public campaign platform, the left went into overdrive.
The Duckworth campaign and outside left wing groups are attacking him as insensitive, hostile to veterans, et cetera. All he did is tell it like it is. That's what is so refreshing about Joe Walsh. You said you support him, what, 1,000 percent. You know, you're getting hammered for all that.
ERICKSON: Well, let's make it a billion. Yes, the left is hammering me for that. They hammered Joe Walsh for saying things -- Republicans hammered Joe Walsh as well for saying it like he calls it like he sees it.
The interesting thing here, Wolf, is that Joe Walsh probably isn't going to win. The district was completely redrawn, it's heavily Democrat. He's given the best fight he can. He's being very aggressive.
But I actually standby what Joe Walsh said and I think Tammy Duckworth made his point. When she's in the public and she's talking to the public, in the district and out of the district, she spends a lot of her time talking about her military service, God bless her, but she doesn't spend a lot of time talking about the issues.
She talks about Joe Walsh being wrong on the issues. You can go to her web site as she said to you to get where she stands on the issues, but she doesn't actually say that on the campaign trail. And that's what Joe Walsh was saying.
BLITZER: She did say he was the only member of the Illinois delegation that didn't vote in favor of the transportation --
ERICKSON: God bless him for it.
BLITZER: That the president about to sign that includes a lot of money for transportation initiatives in Illinois including --
ERICKSON: And lot of fraud and abuse.
BLITZER: Keeping a lot of student loans down at 3.4 percent instead of going up to 6.8 percent.
ERICKSON: Wolf, that's exactly what's wrong. This is a transportation bill and suddenly we're dealing with student loans in a transportation bill? I mean, Congress has become a joke. Joe Walsh at least he's been willing to laugh at Congress.
BLITZER: All right, Donna, what do you say?
BRAZILE: I believe Tammy Duckworth is a hero. She served our country for over 20 years and she's still serving our country as a reservist. She has every right to talk about her military service. We're proud of her.
And I believe the people of the eighth congressional district of Illinois will not only support Tammy Duckworth in winning that election, but they believe that Tammy Duckworth is talking about the issues that impact the people of the eighth district.
She's talking about jobs and the economy. Preserving the middle class, making sure that the jobs there in Illinois especially those jobs closest to home, the jobs at O'Hare Airport and other facilities, those jobs are protected and preserved.
So I think this is going to be a very important race for people to watch. And we have a great deal of confidence that Tammy Duckworth will be the next congresswoman from the eighth district in Illinois.
BLITZER: The way that district has been redrawn it looks like she almost certainly will be the new congresswoman from that district. But we'll see what happens four months from now.