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March 3, 2007

Ann Coulter: Biggest Idiot of the Right?

Thanks to Polipundit for this thread.  However, I doubt that the sentiment of their readership will match a reasonable one.

Ann Coulter caused a lot of waves yesterday linking Sen. Edwards with these marks at CPAC yesterday,

“I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot,’ so I — so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards.”

The three Republican frontrunners, correctly decried Ms. Coulter’s over the top statement. 

Rudy Giuliani:

Mr. Giuliani said, “The comments were completely inappropriate and there should be no place for such name-calling in political debate.”

Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Mr. Romney, said, “It was an offensive remark. Governor Romney believes all people should be treated with dignity and respect.”

John McCain:

Of the major Republican candidates, only Mr. McCain did not attend, but he denounced her remarks on Saturday morning. “The comments were wildly inappropriate,” said his spokesman, Brian Jones.

All three are correct to correct Ms. Coulter’s tawdry comments.  Ms. Coulter’s commented today, “C’mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean.”   Although none can doubt Ms. Coulter’s intelligence and ascerbism, her publicity stunt was in poor taste, and she it would be more than appropriate if all Republicans deny her the attention she so desparately wants by forever tuning this shrieking banshee out.  Ann Coulter is no idiot at all.  Those words were not an unplanned joke.  She knew the impact they would have.

It’s also time that Republicans start treating homosexuals civilly.  There is a difference between having an honest disagreement about gay marriage, and using that one issue as a source to villify human beings because of a lifestyle choice which has little if any impact on anyone’s  everyday life. 

6 Comments »

  1. I’m sure Coulter has a point…I just can’t find it. Subconciously, she may be pointing out our (dems and republicans) tendency to group gay males and effeminate males together – she seemed to be attacking the former rather than the latter. Of course, the comment is completely unsubstantiated, which she highlights in her later comment.

    Comment by Joe — March 4, 2007 @ 1:01 am | Reply

  2. As I posted at my own blog, I think I know what Coulter was trying to do – she was trying to make an off-hand crack about tolerance as it relates to something that happened recently involving a Hollywood celebrity. If she had hadn’t used that particular word, maybe she could have gotten away with it, and the fact she hasn’t – at least to my knowledge – apologized tells me something in and of itself.

    And for her to say her remarks were unsubstantiated is ridiculous, as others have her quoted exactly and correctly within the context they were used.

    One final thought re: Republicans and treating homosexuals civilly – I would hesitate to use such broad sweeps with a broad brush. If you mean not being supportive of legislation that provides various levels of support to same-sex unions, one can disagree and vote to oppose and still be civil about it. How homosexuals are treated is a personal thing, not associated with any particular political party of philosophical bent, I don’t think.

    BTW, AVoR, great blog! I’ll be happy to link my blog to yours.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — March 4, 2007 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

  3. One reason I’ve heard said as to why not that many conservatives are eager to denounce her remarks is that doing so would imply a need to be seen in a more positive light. It would basically imply that this IS the general way in which conservative see homosexuals, and that there’s a need for that to change.

    Comment by entersandman — March 4, 2007 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

  4. Great replies, but if you read “hard” Conservative blogs you can see that there is a great deal of antipathy. While it is understandable to have high emotions about a debate such as same sex marriage, an overall tone of civility from both sides would be better.

    Ann Coulter is no different than Bill Maher, and the Democrats give just as good as they get. It is very sad that no one from the DNC spoke out about some of the extreme voices from their side of the aisle, Huffinton, Maher, the reps from the Edward’s campaign.

    All in all the dialogue, where there are some very important issues has denegrated to that of a middle school, and that is shameful.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — March 4, 2007 @ 11:57 pm | Reply

  5. […] be sure to check out ‘A Voice of Reason’ ‘s take on the topic, as well as PoliPundit’s take on why said apology should not be issued. Filed […]

    Pingback by Ann Coulter’s Slur « Mango Ice Cream — March 5, 2007 @ 2:51 am | Reply

  6. Ann Coulter gave her reply to the flap over her comments at CPAC. “It was a joke, and was meant to be used in the schoolyard form of the word”.

    Lame joke.
    Lame explanation.

    Ms. Coulter is a very intelligent woman, which makes her idiotic joke/defense even more idiotic.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — March 6, 2007 @ 2:11 am | Reply


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