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NY Times: Rubio in Sunday Magazine & Charles Blow = Erick Everywhere

I read the NY Times for free online so you don’t have to. Two items are of interest today.

Charles Blow writes a Saturday column that usually blows. He attacks Republicans like a Johnny One-Note. This is from today’s column:

Op-Ed Columnist
G.O.P. Grief and Grieving
By CHARLES M. BLOW
Published: January 8, 2010
The attack on the Republican establishment by the tea party folks grabs the gaze like a really bad horror flick — some version of “Hee Haw” meets “28 Days Later.” It’s fascinating.

See, I didn’t call them teabaggers! I said they’re “Hee Haw” hicks! Aren’t I original? I’m the great Charles Blow!

Anyone who says that this is the dawn of a new age of conservatism is engaging in wishful thinking on a delusional scale.

So we’re all going to become progressives, Charles?

It is likely that Republicans will pick up Congressional seats in November partly because of the enthusiasm of this conservative fringe, democratic apathy and historical trends. But make no mistake: This is not 1994.

Unless Scott Brown wins in Massachusetts.

Erick Erickson, the incendiary editor of the popular conservative blog RedState, appeared on “The Colbert Report” on Monday and said that “no one really knows what a Republican is anymore.”

Split hairs about labels if you must, but the Republican brand already has begun a slow slide into obscurity. And turning further right only hastens its demise. Quiet as it’s kept, many in the party know this. That, alas, is called acceptance.

Incendiary editor? Watch that arsonist trait, Erick!

The Republicans will pick up a few seats, but will slide into obscurity? Does that make any sense? Does Charles Blow ever make any sense? Hey Blow, have you checked Obama’s approval numbers lately?

The New York Times Magazine section has a cover photo of Marco Rubio and brings us this:

The First Senator From the Tea Party?
By MARK LEIBOVICH
2010 will be a year of Republican civil war, and Florida is where the fighting is now fiercest.

They can only hope for a civil war.

Lebovich is an established NYT hack. (Full disclosure: He co-authored a piece “Buzzwords of 2009” with Grant Barrett, my webmaster and colleague.) Who else can write like this:

Crist, who is 53, is a compact and sunbaked raisin of a man with a shock of white hair, a beak nose and dark Mediterranean eyes.

Would any Democrat, ever, be a “sunbaked raisin”?

Rubio, who has been dominating straw polls of conservative advocates across Florida while pulling even in real ones, is Hispanic, uses Twitter and listens to Snoop Dogg — not your grandmother’s Republican, in other words.

Listens to Snoop Dogg? I doubt that. Not my grandmother’s Republican? Yes, my grandmother didn’t use Twitter–no one’s grandmother used Twitter. A California grandma who voted for Ronald Reagan wouldn’t recognize Rubio?

Florida became “a hill to die on for conservatives,” declared the blogger and right-wing activist Erick Erickson, of RedState.com. “This primary has become a lot more than just a Senate race in some ways,” Erickson told me. “There is a lot riding on Marco Rubio.”

Erick Erickson = Everywhere. What’s next for Erick Erickson? The Food Network?

When I returned to Florida a few weeks later, Crist was enduring a series of small nicks. Scott Rothstein, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer who is one of Crist’s friends and donors, had been arrested on federal charges of operating a $1.2 billion dollar Ponzi scheme. A few days before I arrived, it was reported that callers to Florida’s KidCare hot line were being mistakenly redirected to a sex-chat line (“Hey there, sexy guy”). I mentioned this to Crist — in the vein of, “Governor, you can’t buy a break” — and he winced.

“It’s all right,” he said, taking a deep breath. “It will work out.”

Small nicks?

Crist told me that two of the senators he most admires are John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have reputations for forging bipartisan alliances — and who have drawn their share of hellfire from conservative purists.

Wince.

COMPLETELY OFF-TOPIC FINAL NOTE:
I’ve been telling everyone for a month now that University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy would have the game of his life in the national championship. He lived for this. He simply would not let Texas lose to Alabama.

There were quite a few freebie points from a freshman quarterback, but Alabama wasn’t able to throw on Texas at all. Texas did a reasonable job containing the run. If McCoy had been healthy all game, I believe that Texas would have won.

SEC fans, don’t rejoice in something like this.

If Tony Romo goes down in the first quarter of the playoff game today, I’m gonna give up watching football.