The New York Times has a good article about Erick that even mentions Peach Pundit (we’re always on the lookout for PP mentions). It’s worth your time to read the whole thing.
“I always think there are more people who hate me on my own side than there are on the left,” Mr. Erickson said on a recent afternoon as he went from Macon City Hall, where he serves as a councilman, to his favorite coffee shop. “Apparently the only thing that left and right agree on in America is that conservatives shouldn’t be on CNN — they should be on Fox.”
Mr. Erickson, 34, was hired by CNN as a commentator in late March, primarily to appear on the new show “John King U.S.A.” Unlike most of his peers at the network, including James Carville and Donna Brazile, top Democratic strategists with presidential campaigns under their belt, Mr. Erickson is a party outsider who spends much of his time needling Republicans to purge Washington insiders and opportunists.
After he was hired, CNN was accused of pandering to the right and abandoning its commitment to credibility. David Bohrman, the network’s senior vice president for programming, said, “We’re just trying to bring in the influencers who have something to say.”
A friend of Senator Jim DeMint, the conservative Republican from South Carolina, Mr. Erickson was an early supporter of Marco Rubio, now the likely Republican nominee for the open Senate seat in Florida, at a time when Mr. Rubio was polling in the single digits.
Mr. Erickson has shown a pragmatic streak, suspending RedState’s policy of endorsing only anti-abortion candidates in favor of Scott Brown, the Republican who won a special Senate election in Massachusetts. He has banned “birthers,” who question President Obama’s citizenship, from commenting on RedState, calling them “crazies.”
With about 4.5 million page views a month, according to Nielsen, RedState does not attract nearly the traffic of other right-wing blogs like MichelleMalkin.com or Hot Air. But Mr. Erickson said his site fell into a different category, one of advocacy, and he said he measured his influence by the number of Congress members who call his cellphone and the candidates who plead for his attention.
“He has definitely become sort of an arbiter of viability, of your ability to break through, particularly if you’re an insurgent,” said Patrick Ruffini, a Republican strategist and co-founder of the blog The Next Right. “People read Erick as the barometer of the conservative movement.”