New strategy from the right: fake dog poop

An influential blogger launches a campaign to send joke poop to a Democratic congressman

By Alex Koppelman

Published October 30, 2009 4:45PM (EDT)

RedState's Erick Erickson is nothing if not creative. Erickson has, among other things, previously led a campaign to send bags of rock salt to Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, over her vote for the Senate Finance Committee's healthcare reform bill. (Salt melts snow, which sounds like Snowe... get it?) But the blogger's latest brainstorm might be a bit over the top, even for him.

Erickson's upset with Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., because the congressman has decided to support the healthcare legislation drawn up by his fellow House Democrats. So in a post on RedState Friday, he announced his plan: "Here’s the thing — if we make Earl Pomeroy’s life extremely painful for the next week, Republicans are going to think twice about jumping ship and so will a lot of the Blue Dog Democrats."

How to make Pomeroy's life "extremely painful," though"? Well, by sending him fake dog poop, of course!

No, seriously.

The truly amazing thing about this is that, in his role leading RedState, Erickson's becoming something of a player in Republican politics. The blog is essentially the right's equivalent of DailyKos -- not as big or as influential, but it and Erickson have been playing a substantial role in the rise of third-party conservative candidate Doug Hoffman in New York's 23rd congressional district and the sudden explosion of Marco Rubio as a primary opponent for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who's running for Senate next year. Big name Republican politicians regularly give exclusives to RedState, too. And yet Erickson's latest tactic involves fake dog poop.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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