Erick Erickson thinks the GOP is a bunch of somethings!

The RedState editor would like to use a specific word, but he can't use that specific word! What word could it be?

By Katie McDonough

Published September 18, 2013 4:13PM (EDT)

RedState editor and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson thinks the GOP is a bunch of somethings, but he can't say what! The "GOP Establishment Mouthpieces" are not doing enough to try to defund the Affordable Care Act, Erickson says. And that makes them something -- something bad and related to women's bodies -- but he can't say just what:

As Editor of this site, I cannot use the word I wish to use.

At the Republican National Convention in Florida, Code Pink activists dressed up in giant pink consumes designed to look like … well … to keep things polite here … “lady bits” as some might say to convey the message without the word. They were decorative pink costumes that look like hot dog bun costumes but altered.

Never has there been a better metaphor for the Republicans in Washington, DC.


More Americans oppose Obamacare now than at any time. As rhetoric on defunding Obamacare has gone up, so has Republican popularity and opposition to Obamacare. A full quarter of the American public wants Congress to actually blow up Obamacare. When is the last time a full quarter of the whole population wanted Congress to do any one thing?

More than half want Obamacare either destroyed or substantially changed.

But the GOP, its allies in the press and pundit core, and its very leadership are such [insert euphemism of choice related to the female reproductive system] that they’d rather plan their surrender before making their retreat.

What could Erickson possibly mean? What does an "altered" hot dog costume look like? A hamburger bun? Why won't he tell us his euphemism of choice? Is he talking about fallopian tubes? The uterus? Cervix? Ovaries?

Tell us, Erick!

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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