Jamie Radtke’s RS Gathering Speech
I've resisted serious comment regarding the unfortunate doings at RedState today and will continue to do so; however, reading the Politico item and having now been told some of what has been said about Jamie Radtke at RS - as, I hope, a decent man and a conservative, I feel compelled to add some perspective.
Erick Erickson confirms again that his publisher asked him to take it easy on George Allen — and goes on to savage Allen's rival, whom he endorsed and then, her campaign told me, abandoned:
If the facts in Politico's initial item are accurate- and no one has contested them, so far as I know, Jamie Radtke was not invited to the gathering, let alone to speak there. She is a Tea Party candidate, therefore I assume something of a citizen legislator trying to fight for conservatism against a Washington political machine. She was not on the agenda and was only given an opportunity to speak at the last minute because a friend, or some friends of George Allen, who also happen to oversee RedState at the managerial level, were not present.
After having been, for the most part, ignored by RedState's presumed greater ability to advocate for a candidate for months, she had one shot, an impromptu speech at a gathering the readers of RedState tell us is supposed to be something grand.
In addition to that, for the first time ever, a GOP Presidential candidate had recently announced his Presidential campaign at the very same venue. There is no reason to suspect Radkte had prepared remarks, no reason to assume she had any preparation. And now, under those circumstances, a bunch of RedState readers led by its editor have decided to pronounce her a rambling drunk. I see nothing funny in that, nor anything the least bit helpful as a reflection of what it means to be a proud conservative. Frankly, it disgusts me. I stopped reading RS last week after some previous issues. After today, I am more than convinced I made the right decision.
A leading conservative blogger and commentator, Erick Erickson, said he shifted his stance in a key Senate race because the company that publishes his RedState.com is “socially connected” to former Virginia Sen. George Allen.