Politico, please define “influential”

As in [emphasis added]:

Erick Erickson, editor of the influential conservative blog RedState, called on NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) to step down for his role in the contest.

You mean, the Erick Erickson who recently championed Doug Hoffman in NY-23 and inadvertently helped elect the first Democrat to Congress from there in over 100 years? That Erickson?

Instaputz isn't so sure the “influential” description fits:

Doug Hoffman was a major loser. Olympia Snowe last time I checked is still Senator, so apparently she finds the threat of rock salt unpersuasive. Last year, Erickson begged his minions to send rubber balls to still-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “to remind him he needed to grow a pair and fight the Democrats.” Observed Wonkette, “And no one ever heard from Mitch McConnell again.” Operation Silly Putty -- RedState sent Kent Williams a message via an inorganic polymer! -- was also a huge failure.

On the plus side of the ledger, sending fake dog feces to Rep. Pomeroy may ultimately reap benefits, but it's just too soon to tell.