Right wing pundit Erick Erickson has made a career out of saying idiotic things loudly and then acting incredibly pleased with himself, like an attention-starved toddler proudly showing his mother that he just shit in her casserole dish "like a big boy." His latest attempt at clever-making? Repeatedly referring to Texas State Senator Wendy Davis as "abortion Barbie."
In a barely coherent post for the blog RedState entitled "Wendy Davis is Abortion Barbie #abortionbarbie," Erickson writes,
It sums her up perfectly. All the nation knows about Wendy Davis is that she is ignorant of the horrors of Kermit Gosnell, wears pink shoes, and filibustered legislation to save the innocent in Texas. She joined the long line of Democrats before her to oppose legislation to protect other people while using property rights arguments to do so. [...]
Abortion Barbie fits perfectly and I hope that moniker haunts her on the campaign trail. She is, after all, intent on building a national name for herself through abortion and pink shoes.
Say "Abortion Barbie" 17 more times, Erick. Not since Gretchen Weiners has someone tried to so hard to to make "fetch" happen. (Furthermore — and pardon the pedantry here— increased knowledge of the Kermit Gosnell case would have only served to strengthen Davis' position, not weaken it. Gosnell was a great example of what an illegal late term abortion looks like, and outlawing safe late-term abortions won't lead to fewer Gosnells, it will lead to more of them.)
For a person who doesn't have a vagina, Erick Erickson has always been bizarrely obsessed with what people who do have one choose to do with theirs. Earlier this summer, he Tweeted (and then took down) a link to wire hangers after Texas' draconian abortion ban passed. Um, okay? You hate women? Cool joke. He was famously spanked on air by Megyn Kelly after asserting that female breadwinners were unnatural because SCIENCE. And after Tim Tebow's mom appeared in that anti-abortion Super Bowl ad (Cliff's notes version: "Doctors told me I'd die from my pregnancy but I had the baby anyway and I didn't die and that baby grew up to be Tim Tebow so maybe toughen up, pregnant ladies."), he encouraged "ugly feminists" to "get back in their kitchens."
I don't get it. Are feminists ugly or are feminists Barbies? What's the appropriate way for a feminist to look so she's neither a kitchen-banished troll or an accessories-obsessed bimbo? Am I, as a feminist, too pretty to be smart or to ugly to have an opinion that matters? Is there a middle ground where I can have a valid opinion?
And if Wendy Davis is Abortion Barbie, then what is Erick Erickson? Because he can always be relied on to pull his opinions directly from his ass (and his tragic chinlessness), I vote Moron Mr. Potato Head.