by Charles Lemos, Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 07:33:30 PM EDT
Erick Erickson, the editor of Red State and a paid political analyst for CNN, concludes in Human Events, the weekly magazine that has showcased radical right wing inanities since 1944, that the Obama nominated "Elena Kagan is too radical for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court" and that "Senators would be committing a high act of confirmation treason if they allow this nominee to go on the court without attempting to filibuster her nomination."
What does "a high act of confirmation treason" even mean? And how is it that someone who upon the retirement of Justice David Souter back in May 2009 tweeted that the "nation loses the only goat fucking child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court" is a paid political contributor to CNN?
Have we reached the point where every Supreme Court nomination is a pitched battle so much so that accusations of treason are leveled without so much as a thought? What is Erickson going to do when say Senator Olympia Snowe votes to confirm Elena Kagan? Is he going to take to the airwaves and call for her execution by a firing squad? Temperance has been a civic virtue since the glory that was Athens, but the lack of temperance of the rabid right will tear this country apart if it is not reprimanded for its verbal excesses. CNN needs to hold Erick Erickson accountable for his poisoning of the national discourse.