The modern conservative movement officially looks like that Three Stooges short in which Moe, Larry and Curly try to fix the plumbing. The modern right-wing has attained new heights of clownishness — it’s utterly clueless, rudderless and disconnected with both reality and basic rationality. And the movement has Erick Erickson to thank for its arrival at this level of total incompetence and backwards, archaic incoherence.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard about Erickson, a Fox News and Red State right-wing screecher, and his twisted appearance on Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business Channel show (yes, Dobbs and his unwieldy gigantic teeth are still on television) when he attempted to justify with “science” the commonly held far-right idea that a woman’s place is in the home and “bringing home the bacon” is a purely a man’s job. Not only that but Erickson also tried to say that working moms are “anti-science” and damaging to families. Erickson used scientific suppositions ostensibly yanked from his squinty bunghole to illustrate how throughout the animal kingdom and the history of humanity, men have been the dominant gender, and it’s worked out pretty well, so let’s keep going with it.
Predictably, Erickson was very, very wrong in terms of both his so-called science and his overarching support of male dominance. But we know this. What’s not entirely evident is how this cuts to the core of why the modern American conservative movement is so detached from what reasonable people consider to be reality. [continue reading here]