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Confessions of a Political Junkie


Erick Erickson's writings about the intersection of life, politics, and faith in a divided America.

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1.  Sunday Sermon: God's Got a Plan  

2022-01-16


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In Genesis 15, God makes his covenant with Abraham and tells him the Israelites would stay in Egypt for 400 years because the “iniquity of the Amorites” is not yet complete. To get them there, Joseph’s brothers sell Joseph then themselves are forced to go to Egypt to escape a drought. By then, thei...
2.  Answering That Question  

2022-01-13


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I mentioned the other day that I am now 11 years into radio and now doing radio syndication. I’m growing slowly in affiliates. My radio live stream and podcast keep growing pretty rapidly. But a ton of you have asked if there is anything you can do. I started emailing back individually, but I figure...
3.  I Confess Mild Sympathy For Chuck Schumer  

2022-01-14


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I pity the man. I really do. Charles Ellis Schumer turned 70 in the same month Joe Biden won the White House. The then Senate Minority Leader only became the minority leader in 2017 because Harry Reid departed after a ten year stint as leader of the Senate Democrats. Reid himself had hung on to becom...
5.  Biden in Georgia: A Strategic Failure; A Tactical Nightmare  

2022-01-12


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The President signals he wants to win Twitter, not reality, and he's failing at that too.
6.  Biden's Lost Cause  

2022-01-12


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Listen now (115 min) | Biden in Georgia Rank incompetence UGA Traffic Hang over Scheduling issue with Abrams Voting rights groups King Family: Difficult decision to attend Tying up traffic Deal is a non-starter Lost before started fighting Voters do not care about it The whole agenda is tone deaf
7.  A point of personal privilege  

2022-01-11


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Just a quick note here on a point of personal privilege. Today is my 11th anniversary on radio, officially now making this the longest job I’ve ever kept. I never intended to get into radio. It wasn’t on the horizon. It was not a life goal. It was providential, just as television had been.
8.  A Riotous Future  

2022-01-10


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Listen now (114 min) | S11 EP6: Get Ready for the Riots Hour 1 12pm to 1pm The Dems internalize threats to climate and democracy COVID The media’s rapid shift on COVID The transgender athlete Title: How Bad Must the Polling Be? Hour 2 1pm to 2pm Schools Media and Dems turn on unions
9.  The Devil Went Down to Georgia  

2022-01-11


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Even Stacey Abrams is avoiding Biden and Harris in Atlanta
10.  Stand By For Riots  

2022-01-10


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My goodness. Last week, we had to suffer through the January 6th hysteria on television. Well, that may look mild compared to what is probably coming. This week, the President and Vice President are headed to Georgia. They’re going to go campaign with Senator Warnock, who is up for re-election. He ha...
11.  Truth At an End  

2022-01-08


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Many of you probably received a push notification from the New York Times or other media outlets yesterday that Amy Schneider became the first woman to win $1 million on Jeopardy. The Times never even mentioned that Scheider is biologically a man. He has no uterus. He’ll never know menstrual pain o...
12.  Just a Quick Note Today  

2022-01-07


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I’m writing this on the night of January 6th instead of getting up early because my head is really bothering me these last few days. We’ve got a house full of sickness and I’m the well one despite the concussion. I’m ready for the weekend. I’m going to sleep late tomorrow. Thank the Lord my show is no...
13.  Why is Schumer Picking This Fight Now? Because It's The Only Card Left to Play.  

2022-01-05


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Chuck Schumer wants to pick a filibuster fight now at the time the Senate Democrats are most vulnerable and don’t even have the votes. Why on earth? I do not understand how the Democrats have gotten so bad at this, but they have. Part of it is, though, is because it is the only hand they have to play.
14.  The Democrats' Problems  

2022-01-06


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Listen now (116 min) | Franklin Call Filibuster Schumer’s reasons Failures January 6 doesn’t matter Fishing expedition Revelations Agenda failures Toyota dethrones GM Manage, Not Contain White House shifts The public already did Feeds into incompetence But the left already internalized the fear
15.  January 6th Was an Obvious Progression  

2022-01-03


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This is a transcript from my radio show. You can join my premium newsletter for only $7/month or $70/year for exclusive content. This week is the first week in January, which means this Thursday, is January 6th. The national media fully intends to make a spectacle of it. Now, listen, I don't think ther...
16.  This Story Has a Happy Ending  

2022-01-04


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I have been dwelling, of late, on a lot of conservative rage I see reflected online often by people who would describe themselves as Christians. Being nice or civil is now a sign of weakness. Having friends across the aisle is too. We can’t turn the other cheek or love our neighbors if they disagre...
17.  People's Presuppositions Changed  

2022-01-05


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Listen now (118 min) | I’m getting to a better habit about sending out the show this year, I promise. I’ll email today and you can put it in your podcast app of choice. Thereafter, it’ll show up there and you’ll be able to see all the notes with links. S11 EP2: Hard to Come Back From That
18.  Here We Go Again  

2022-01-03


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It is 2022, but you’d be forgiven for thinking we are in a 2021 loop. The major headlines as we start the year are about COVID and January 6th. The former does not help the Democrats and the latter does not help them, but the media thinks it does. I’ll have more to say on that one later this week.
19.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year  

2021-12-31


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We’re still in the Christmas season, so Merry Christmas again, but also Happy New Year. Y’all know I have an inability to fully unplug. Well, God sometimes has a way of making me. For Christmas, I got brand new PXG golf clubs. I went for a fitting right after Thanksgiving. For two and a half hours, ...
20.  Let's Go Brandon  

2021-12-27


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When the guy on the phone with the President said, “Let’s go Brandon,” I admit I found it funny. It was even funnier because of both the President’s reaction and his wife’s reaction. It was funny. I also think it was bad manners. When the President of the United States calls just to wish you a Merr...
21.  Sunday Sermon: The Lord's Brother Recognizes Him  

2021-12-26


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One of my favorite books of scripture is the Book of Jude. In it, Jude, the Lord’s brother (some would say first cousin), writes that Jesus is Yahweh who led His people out of Egypt. It is a profound statement in part because during Jesus’s life, Jude not only refused to recognize who Jesus was, bu...
22.  Merry Christmas  

2021-12-25


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Isaiah 9 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 3You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest,
23.  The Beginning of the End of History  

2021-12-24


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Today, at 12:06 pm ET, I’ll present my annual Christmas program. Having been on vacation earlier this week, I want to return to you guys on radio today. You can listen live right here starting at 12:00 pm ET. Sometime just over two thousand years ago, contrary to the song, it was not a silent night...
24.  It's Time  

2021-12-24


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I’m back from Christmas vacation for today. Tune in now for my annual Christmas presentation on radio. The show runs from 12pm to 3pm ET. Also, your prayers are appreciated. A number of stations are taking today’s program that don’t normally carry me. Please pray that I’m able to touch some hearts fo...
25.  This isn't about control. It is about arrogance.  

2021-12-23


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I know I am in the minority on this, but I continue to believe I am right. The prevailing thought on the right is that pandemic controls are about progressives wanting to control us. I think people who think this are wrong. It was never about control. It was and remains about arrogance.
26.  Hey  

2021-12-21


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First, thank you for being a subscriber. I try to provide a lot of unique content, interviews, etc. for those of you who subscribe. As you know, you also help me by subscribing in that your subscription helps me avoid advertiser boycotts and Woke-O Haram. Being a conservative talk show host who is prett...
27.  Manchin Mania  

2021-12-20


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Let me get the housekeeping out of the way first. I intend to mostly take off the next couple of weeks, but y’all all know how good I am at that. In truth, last Tuesday I thought I got food poisoning, but it turned out to be one of the worst stomach bugs I have ever had. By Saturday, I’d lost fiftee...
28.  The Filibuster  

2021-12-17


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I have been consistent. I have supported the filibuster even when Democrats abused it. When many of my Republican friends wanted to gut the filibuster with Republicans in charge of everything, I said it was a bad idea. Many of the Democrats who used the filibuster frequently during the first two year...
29.  One Group Fights Back When Schools Go Woke  

2021-12-17


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Listen now (11 min) | A Virginia school system is forcing teachers to ignore biology and call students by the pronouns of their choosing. Peter Vlaming, a highly respected teacher, dissented. He was willing to compromise and just his student’s name. But Vlaming was not willing to call a girl a boy. Th...
30.  The texts, the documents, and the Christ  

2021-12-15


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The United States is currently embroiled in another political controversy. Next week, there will be another one. Each one will distract us. We should work hard to not be distracted from Christmas. We should not be distracted from a key miracle that started the Christian faith.
31.  Faith, But Evidence  

2021-12-14


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Let’s take a break from politics today. “Eighty and six years I have served Him, and He has done me no wrong,” said Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, in AD 156 before climbing onto a pyre where Roman authorities would burn him to death. Eyewitnesses reported the local authorities respected Polycarp and begge...
32.  Hey, just an FYI  

2021-12-14


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Right now, a teacher in Virginia is fighting in court over whether the teacher must be forced to use pronouns for students that do not conform to the child’s biological sex. Right now, employees and employers are fighting in court against the vaccine mandate at the federal level and for religious exceptions.
33.  I still don't care about climate change  

2021-12-13


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I care greatly about the loss of life from tornados over the weekend. Every loss of life is tragic, particularly of the candle workers who kept working instead of seeking shelter for reasons we do not yet know. But I do not care about climate change
34.  I need some help  

2021-12-10


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My friend Clark Howard has a very, very specific program at Christmas time. He coordinates with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to make sure every child in Georgia has a Christmas present. 49 states have programs where you can donate money and charities will buy stuff for kids.
35.  Darkness Into Light  

2021-12-09


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I have been a long-time supporter of Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF assists people who have Christian conservative worldviews with legal representation from city councils to the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, ADF trains lawyers and pundits on how to talk about complex legal issues in easy-to-understan...
36.  Jury Finds Jussie Smollett Guilty  

2021-12-09


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The jury just reached its verdict in Chicago. He is guilty. The jury system in America continues to work just fine.
37.  The Only Issue Voters Care About  

2021-12-10


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Sponsorship I have been a long-time supporter of Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF assists people who have Christian conservative worldviews with legal representation from city councils to the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, ADF trains lawyers and pundits on how to talk about complex legal issue...
39.  Senator Ted Cruz Clearly Explains What’s Happening in Ukraine  

2021-12-08


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Listen now (7 min) | Senator Ted Cruz joined the show to discuss what’s happening in Ukraine. You can listen live to the rest of the show here.
40.  Young Democrats Are The Most Intolerant Americans  

2021-12-08


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I have been a long-time supporter of Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF assists people who have Christian conservative worldviews with legal representation from city councils to the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, ADF trains lawyers and pundits on how to talk about complex legal issues in easy-to-understan...
41.  We Already Have the Data. Roe Reversal Won't Help the Democrats  

2021-12-07


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I have been a long-time supporter of Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF assists people who have Christian conservative worldviews with legal representation from city councils to the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, ADF trains lawyers and pundits on how to talk about complex legal issues in easy-to-understan...
42.  LISTEN: My Exclusive Conversation With Kelly Loeffler On Kemp, Perdue, and 2022.  

2021-12-07


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Listen now (14 min) | Kelly Loeffler joined my show to discuss Kemp, Perdue, and her new organization Greater Georgia. Take a moment and listen. This is an exclusive podcast for paying subscribers. Thank you for subscribing.
43.  Everything They Said Wouldn’t Happen is Happening  

2021-12-07


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I have been a long-time supporter of Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF assists people who have Christian conservative worldviews with legal representation from city councils to the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, ADF trains lawyers and pundits on how to talk about complex legal issues in easy-to-understan...
45.  I'm on TV Shortly  

2021-12-07


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Coming up at 8:35pm ET, I’ll be on CNN with Anderson Cooper to discuss what is happening in Georgia with both Stacey Abrams and David Perdue announcing their runs for Governor against the incumbent, Brian Kemp. — Erick
46.  The Sunday Sermon: We all worship something.  

2021-12-05


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Listen now (12 min) | I love doing radio on Fridays because instead of keeping topics strictly tied to the news cycle, I open up the phone lines and talk about whatever. This past Friday a caller sparked a monologue I want to share with you about worship. Whether you realize it or not, every single on...
47.  Sen. Bob Dole Has Died  

2021-12-05


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Senator Bob Dole has died. He served as a Congressman and Senator from Kansas. He served as both Senate Minority Leader and Senator Majority Leader. He was the Republican Vice Presidential nominee in 1976 on Gerald Ford’s ticket. He was the Republican nominee for President in 1996 with Jack Kemp as hi...
48.  Reality vs. Mara Lago  

2021-12-06


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Former Senator David Perdue is going to run against Georgia’s incumbent Governor Brian Kemp. Stacy Abrams has played this nicely. Several prominent Democrats and Republicans think Abrams’ announcement at the end of last week pushed Perdue to get in now. It is what Abrams wanted. She has just successfull...
49.  LISTEN - Kemp on Abrams Challenge: I'm Ready for the Fight  

2021-12-02


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Listen now (13 min) | Late yesterday, with national fanfare and push alerts from major media outlets, Stacy Abrams announced she will run again for Governor of Georgia. The man who beat her, Governor Brian Kemp, is seeking a second term. He does so with an organized effort by Donald Trump and progressiv...
50.  The Buttigieg Issue  

2021-12-02


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Pete Buttigieg is spectacularly unaccomplished. He was the mayor of a midsize town and is now one of the leading candidates for Democrats ahead of 2024. This is a symptom of a larger problem for Democrats. Take a moment and watch:
51.  Why Christmas is on December 25th  

2021-12-01


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Programming note: please join my friend Andrew Walker today at 1pm EST, if you have Twitter. He’ll be talking about Dobbs, the Supreme Court case being argued today that seeks to end Roe v. Wade. You can listen to Andrew explaining the implications here
52.  Abort Roe  

2021-11-30


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The chief problem with Roe v. Wade is that no one can find it in the Constitution. In fact, Roe is not just one degree removed from the Constitution, but two degrees away from the Constitution. To get to Roe, one must first get through Griswold v. Connecticut
53.  Don't Freak Out About Omicron  

2021-11-29


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My working theory continues to be that much of the press has PTSD from the early coverage of COVID. At the time, meat lockers were being used to store bodies. Hospitals were overrun. Doctors could not see their families. Parents were dying alone in hospitals. The COVID storyline has never really ended...
54.  Thank you all  

2021-11-25


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As I write this, the turkey is about to go on the smoker. Believe it or not, as much as I like to cook, we weren’t going to do a Thanksgiving this year. We did it this past Saturday. The kids have been sick and are recovering from sinus infections. I’m worn out. Christy is too. We were going to go ou...
55.  Thanksgiving 2021  

2021-11-25


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Happy Thanksgiving. As you are eating, napping, cooking, or gathering at the table now, let’s pause for a minute and reflect on the cross and tomb. We normally do that at Easter, but let’s do it now. The world is decidedly against the things of God. The world is prone to wonder how God could be goo...
57.  Thankfulness  

2021-11-23


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If you are a long time reader, you will know my wife has lung cancer. It is not from smoking or radon or any environmental cause. When we first got married, due to my wife’s family history of breast cancer, she had a prophylactic mastectomy. Sixteen years later, having thought we dodged a bullet, doctor...
58.  25,000 Meals  

2021-11-23


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This is a very stressful season for people. Some are struggling. Costs are up for everyone. Every year I like to focus on a non-profit called Hungry for a Day. They’re trying to feed 25,000 families for Thanksgiving. A donation of $35.00 will help them reach their goal. The hour is short. Thanksgivin...
59.  How to Stop Vigilantes 101  

2021-11-20


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Listen now (113 min) | There are no notes beyond Hour 1 because it thereafter became about the Rittenhouse trial. I said I wouldn’t send out any more of these, but I lied. Sorry. I wasn’t going to, but I want to send this because it will save me from additional writings.
60.  When all you have is a shovel…  

2021-11-19


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It is getting brutal for Joe Biden and the Democrats. The President, in press polling, now has his lowest approval rating by average. The ABC/Washington Post poll shows Americans want Republicans in charge of Congress by 10%. That is the highest in the history of the poll.
61.  Homemade Gravy: Don’t Be Scared  

2021-11-19


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Friends, I literally have gotten requests for my gravy recipe from Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Stockholm. I’m not kidding. Everyone who makes this gravy recipe loves it. The secret is the onion. I know you may not like onion, but I promise you it works in this recipe. But you have to spend tim...