We have too many outrage pimps on both sides of the aisle whipping the respective bases into a frenzy and fury against the other side. I don’t have enough time or energy to be outraged about it all. There are things to be outraged by, but not everything, and certainly not with full energy dedicated to every perceived slight and grievance.
What I am finding is that among conservatives there is too much outrage, piss, and vinegar. It makes our ideas less effective. We have become humorless, angry opponents of the President instead of happy warriors selling better ideas. We are not even selling ideas.
Conservatives, frankly, have become purveyors of outrage instead of preachers for a cause. Instead of showing how increasing government harms people, how free markets help people, and how conservative policies benefit all Americans, we scream “Benghazi” and “Fast & Furious.”
And Vince Foster, Travelgate, Monica, ACORN, Solyndra...
What a strange post.
The GOP has been mostly a non-stop ragegasm since Newt and the Angry White Men. And when you think of right-wing media -- or even most conservative leaders -- you don't think of "Happy Warriors" - you think of, well, Angry White Men. For that matter, the entire wingosphere -- especially RedState -- is primarily driven by whipping up the rubes over the Outrage of the Day.
Maybe Erickson has finally realized after 3 losses in 4 national elections, this stuff isn't working?