What’s The Big Deal About Erick Erickson?

CNN’s recent hire of Erick Erickson, editor of RedState.com, has the Left good and pissed off. There’s even a petition to keep Erickson off the air. Some of the complaints against him:

In the past, Erickson has called women’s rights activists Nazis, called Michelle Obama a “Marxist harpy wife,” said that President Obama only won his Nobel Peace Prize because of “affirmative action,” and called the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe Schools Czar “profoundly sick and immoral” because of his sexual orientation.

It doesn’t stop there. Erickson has called former Supreme Court Justice David Souter a “goat f*cking child molester,” and has compared Democratic U.S. Senators to terrorist suicide bombers.

But should liberals really care that this is the man CNN chose to represent the right? If anything, the hiring serves to further propagate the notion that Republican is a synonym for small-minded racists and bigots. It’s that kind of equation that gets Democrats elected and has Republicans scrambling to do damage control.