The core of the Erick Erickson global brand is that he is a man of the people, a conservative pundit blogging away tirelessly in a thriving red state. The problem is that the more successful the Erickson brand becomes, the more hollow it is at its core. That was exposed in a fight between Erickson and The New York Times' Paul Krugman over the price of milk and bread.
Earlier this week, at RedState, Erickson wrote that real Americans hate the Acela corridor — that's the Amtrak express route between New York and Washington, for you everymen who are not familiar with high-speed inter-city transportation on the East Coast — because the Acela corridor doesn't understand the problems real Americans face. "The rest of America is nervous about where their next meal and paycheck are coming from, how they are going to afford to bail their kids out of crumbling schools, and the price of a gallon of milk and loaf of bread that keep going up though Ben Bernanke tells them there is no inflation," Erickson said.
So, how does Erickson know that the prices of bread and milk are soaring? Has he been carefully keeping track? Or is it just fake populism, an attempt to sound like Everyman while actually just whining?
Politico's Dylan Byers asked Erickson for comment. While it might not actually be true that milk and bread are more expensive, it feels true, he said. "Paul uses a chart to try to disprove the reality that Americans with small kids actually experience at the grocery store," Erickson emailed. He's heard a lot of moms and dads complain about grocery prices, and "sometimes the accuracy of the chart isn't as real to people as the perception they have that their grocery store bills are getting more expensive though their shopping habits haven't changed."