Mon, 5 March 2007
Well, just when it seemed that Ann Coulter had sunk as far as she could possibly go on the troglodyte scale, it seems she has now found a new low. What's better, she has gotten so extreme that she has no fewer than three Republican candidates running scared from her.
I am a bit late into this story cycle, but maybe some of you are as well, so let's play some catchup.
You probably already know Ann Coulter, the commentator on Fox News and author of such polemical classics as How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must!) or The Church of Liberalism. She is known for delivering completely inhuman comments with near-orgasmic relish, such as her advocacy of building the wall across the US/Mexico border and using immigrant labor to build it. Fine lady, indeed...
Well, according to this article in the New York Times, Ms. Coulter was speaking to an overflow crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference, when she decided to give this brilliant commentary on Democratic Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards:
"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."
Hmm...she did use the word "faggot," so does this mean that a reservation at the Betty Ford Center is in the cards for Ms Coulter? And, despite her statement that she "...[couldn't] really talk about Edwards," she in fact did. Do I smell pants on fire?
Anyway, her remarks, which are by no means her most extreme were extreme enough that she received a criticism from no less than three Republican presidential candidates.
John McCain, who has been trying to woo Christian conservatives back since his characterization of the likes of Jerry Falwell and James Dobson as "agents of intolerance," called the comments "wildly inappropriate" through his spokesperson.
Mitt Romney, who has been trying to convince conservatives that he was just kidding when he dared to think, much less write about, some progressive viewpoints concerning abortion and gays, called the remark "offensive" and added that all people should be treated with dignity and respect.
Rudy Giuliani, who has raised many a conservative eyebrow with his divorce, his tolerance of gays, as well as his progressive views on abortion, characterized the comments as "completely inappropriate" and said further that name-calling had no place in political debate.
When asked for a reaction to the conservative condemnation of her remarks, Ann further demonstrated her unique ability to deliver a "screw you" wrapped in an apology by having this to say:
"C'mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean."
Hmm...suggesting that gays are like John Edwards would be mean, she says.
You mean that comparing gays to a person who is charismatic and who fights for the rights of the common person is being mean?
You mean that comparing gays to a person who stayed with his wife during her bout with cancer (unlike conservative heroes like, say, Newt Gingrich, who served his wife with divorce papers on her death bed) is being mean to gays?
You mean that comparing gays to someone who stands up for his rights is being mean to gays?
You mean that comparing gays to someone who was willing to shuck off his limited thinking and embrace diversity is being mean to gays?
If that is so, then please keep the epithets coming by comparing me to John Edwards. Hit me with your best shot, Ann Coulter!
Category:Extras -- posted at: 12:56am EDT