April 9th, 2010
09:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Erickson says GOP should stick to being the 'party of no'

Erick Erickson said Friday that the GOP should embrace being the 'party of no.'
Erick Erickson said Friday that the GOP should embrace being the 'party of no.'

(CNN) – In this midterm election year, Republicans might do well to embrace the “party of no” label placed on them by Democrats, conservative blogger Erick Erickson said Friday in an appearance on CNN.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took different approaches to the Democratic label during speeches at this week’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. Gingrich told the GOP gathering that he thought “[t]here are many things that we can say yes to” while Palin opined “[t]here is no shame in being the party of no if [Democrats are] proposing an idea that violates our values, violates our conscience, violates our Constitution.”

Asked about the split between Gingrich and Palin, Erickson sided with Palin.

“I would say that saying no and being the ‘party of no’ is working pretty well for them,” he told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

Erickson also noted that Gingrich’s view represented that of more establishment Republicans, including some GOP congressional leaders. “All the people who have been in Washington for a long time say we’ve got to be the party of yes, we’ve got to stand for something,” Erickson told King.

But the CNN political contributor and editor-in-chief of RedState.com argued that the positions of Gingrich and Palin were not fundamentally at odds.

“At the end of the day,” he said, both were expressing roughly the same sentiment: “say no to the direction of the country we’re headed in and yes to freedom and liberty and where the Republicans want to go.”

Erickson, an attorney, also did a bit a handicapping of President Obama’s next Supreme Court pick in the wake of Friday’s news that Justice John Paul Stevens will be stepping down from the high court.

Watch: Erickson on the next justice

Erickson said Republicans would have “a real hard time” opposing Solicitor General Elena Kagan if Obama tapped her. He called Kagan “highly qualified.”

Asked about the GOP’s presidential prospects in 2012, Erickson told King he thought conservatives didn’t have a favorite and “want a fresh face.” Erickson also said Palin “whips up a frenzy among people” and that some conservatives are interested in former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.


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  1. Sylvia C Dellinger

    I think the Yellow Dog Democrats should start a 'Coffee Party. It is much more American!

    April 9, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Gil

    Americans are getting sick of Hearing only No's out of the republicans and wonder when they will ever say, "Yes!" We know they already plan to filibuster the Supreme Court choice of Obama's even before it is announced. What the heck are they earning their pay for? Run on more No's and the boring word of "NO" will turn off the electorate if it hasn't been turned off already?

    April 9, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. jimmm

    Just saying no may work for the base in the short term, but at some point people are going to start asking what this party stands for.

    April 9, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Unbelievable that they would embrace the idea that they can lead the country by doing nothing. Party of NO ideas, NO values, and NO clue.

    April 9, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    If the republicans stop being the "party of no," then what are they?
    DEMOCRATS!!!

    April 9, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. Fan of Common Sense

    THANK GOD FOR THE PARTY OF NO! They are the only thing stopping the corrupt democrats from destroying this country.

    April 9, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Rick

    A recent poll of Republicans had Mitt Romney in a tie with Sarah Palin and Mike "The Preacher". Now, I'm an Independent but leaning left of center but I like Mitt Romney and could live with him. But Republicans think he's no better than Sarah and The Preacher?!? How stupid are Republicans?

    April 9, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. Livin' the good life

    They can be the party of "no" and wear the label proudly, just like I will be voting "no" in November!
    :)
    Beau Colby

    April 9, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. chris l

    He is 100% CORRECT

    April 9, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. liz the First

    Yes, by all means keep being the party of NO and even Hell, NO! and sooner or later even the dimmest bulb in your base will realize how worthless you are. how all you care about is the richest of the rich and powerful. you could sell your 'values' by the 40 lb bag for folks to spread on their gardens! your 'values' are hate, greed, fear, unfettered commerce with no regard for the safety of products or workers. just look to the Massey mine in W. Va to see how republicans care about workers. you are saying no to everything good for the American people and it's going to come back to bite you big time!

    April 9, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. AP in Illinois

    Being the party of no has benefited the GOP. Too bad it shortchanges the American people.

    April 9, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Michele

    If something violates Palin's fake values and lack of conscience, I'd say it's a good thing. As far as the Constitution, she and her 'revolution' calls are far more threatening to that than anything Obama has done. She is on the verge of traitorous behavior. Just because she smiles when she says things does not make them innocent comments. She knows exactly which buttons to push to get her worshippers angry. So much for Christian tolerance, huh, Palin?

    April 9, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  13. Elliott Carlin

    Stop the insanity
    Vote constitutional in 2010 and 2012

    April 9, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. obamarroids

    The American people have said "NO !" but Obama and his Progressive/Democrat Party stooges continue their rape of America.

    April 9, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  15. kd

    ridiculous. Where are the true leaders of the Republicans? Where are the giants of the past few decades. Now it's Gingrich, Palin and Beck. Pathetic.

    April 9, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. Larry L

    Our goal as citizens isn't to win political elections, but rather to help our Country succeed. Any political party overtly working toward failure of the American Government is committing sedition.

    April 9, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  17. ran

    I hope they continue saying no.

    We will be saying no to the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans in 2010.

    The Republicans do not have a problem saying yes to big government when it is: for banning abortions/gay rights/tax cuts for the rich/going to war but not finding a way to pay for and as long as others do the actual fighting. The list could go on and on. The bottom line is the Republicans only want a purity/evangelical country.

    April 9, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  18. Pkm

    The gop should be called the bully party

    April 9, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  19. tyme4chaing

    New name for the GOP and Palin is

    THE PARTY OF "NOBODY" because November 2010, nobody will vote for the accept Palinbots and OWP.

    April 9, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  20. tc

    I'm a pretty hardcore independent and I have to say the GOP will lose my vote if they refuse to find common ground moving forward. I want to see give and take on both sides and currently this NO to everything is wearing thin.

    April 9, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  21. Andy from NYC

    I don't agree with the GOP very much, but in this instance I do. Keep on saying NO to everything and everyone.

    April 9, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  22. Pedro

    Good idea. Then you can be labeled as incompetent and negligent. How about you all behave like adults and work to improve the country, not just to solidify you base for the next election cycle?

    April 9, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Obama is playing the GOP like a chessboard.....GOP is the new "KKK"...say NO to freedom for the people, compassion....no shame just like their ancestors!!

    April 10, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  24. J.V.Hodgson

    Well If our super balanced, reasonable, objective, intelligent, know it all Sarah Palin ( she cant even remember which magazines she reads) understands better than our President about NPR /NPT and International diplomacy than Messrs Jones, Gates, HRC, ( and all the behind the scenes "experts/ advisors both sides") and Oh by the way Russia Just happened to sign it as well. Ask her which one was signed NPR or NPT and unless it's written on her hand she wont know!!
    Me, I am sorry but if American Republicans nominate this Lady for president of the USA, I will Emigrate forthwith on the day if and when she is elected. President or Vice president.
    She is great rabble rouser for the GOP party, but in no way capable of being either President ot Vice President.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    April 10, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  25. normajean

    'Some people can have all the lights on and still be in the dark." That's the Repubs for you." Party of No" is hardly a compliment. It's the little five year old who says "no" to everything and ends up with nothing. Wake up Repubs and start acting like intellegent adults. Haven't you learned yet that you catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar? {that is if you want flies}FDR and R. Reagan,two very popular Repubs worked for the good of the nation,not just for themselves. "no" wasn't the only word they knew. They will be long remembered while todays crowd of misfits will be soon gone and forgotten.

    April 10, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
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