Sarah Palin and RedState blogger Erick Erickson are both conservative grassroots kind of people. But Erickson doesn't like the kind of grass Palin grew. Actually, you might say he thinks Palin's grass needs some mowing.
You know those Scientology people? Like Tom Cruise? Not "Top Gun," "A Few Good Men" Tom Cruise. We're talking jump-on-Oprah's-sofa-and-call-Matt Lauer-Glib Tom Crusie. That's how Erickson sees many of Palin's supporters. From his latest post:
For the past year, Palin fans have become an online fixture with more venom and insanity than the most rabid Ron Paul fan. They have not evangelized on behalf of Sarah Palin trying to lead people to Sarah Palin, they have freaked a lot of us out.
I am at the point of fearing that should Palin not get in the race we’re going to have a Hale Bopp moment with many of her most ardent supporters. These people have become too emotionally invested in one person to discuss that person rationally or even to address serious policy concerns.
For the longest time I wanted Sarah Palin to run.
Finally, I decided Sarah Palin was not going to run and I moved on. Ultimately, 2012 really is about beating Barack Obama, not what Sarah Palin will or will not do.
Unfortunately, as I found out and as others are starting to find out, moving on from Sarah Palin is like leaving Scientology.
To not bow at the throne of Sarah you get disowned. You get attacked. You have people drum up stories attacking your credibility.
Yikes! But it's not entirely about Palin's Tom Cruise-like supporters. It's also about her. She's a "tease," said Erickson:
As Ann Coulter said [in a chat with Laura Ingram on Fox News Tuesday], “Fish or cut bait.” Governor Palin has teased us long enough. Most of us are tired of it...
I’m tired of the tease. But I’m even more tired of the angry cranks and Palin prophets who swear to know her every move and have shown neither ideological nor political moorings in anything other than their hopes and wishes poured into the vessel of their ambition named L. Ron Hubbard Sarah Palin.
Is it getting hot in here?!
Unfortunately, Erickson doesn't name any names. But, what you can take away from his piece is this: Here is your brain. And here is your brain in the Church of Sarah Palin: