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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Distancing Ann Coulter

Homophobe or Insensitive Bore?

In case you haven’t heard, Ann Coulter is pretty controversial. Coulter has elevated herself as a spokeperson for the conservative movement. As such, she has a fairly large following – as well as a fairly large group of detractors.

Ann Coulter has been described by some – on both sides of the aisle – as a bomb-thrower. Coulter relies on making provocative and controversial statements to draw attention to her agenda. Her books and articles typically employ sarcasm, humor, and insults to drive home her point. There is no topic to sensitive for her.

Sometimes Coulter goes a bit too far. Last week, she was addressing the American Conservative Union's Political Action Conference. At the end of her speech, she made the following derogatory comment about former Senator 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'm kind of at an impasse - I can't really talk about Edwards."

She made a similar remark about former Almost President, Al Gore, during an appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews last summer, calling Gore a "total fag".

In regard to the John Edwards insult, Coulter appeared on Fox’s Hannity & Colmes on Monday to defend herself. When asked about the incident, Coulter insisted that it was just a "school-yard taunt" meaning "wuss". She continued, stating,
"C'mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean."


I am not going to argue the point of whether Coulter was joking or not. Andrew Sullivan has already done that. In the end, it really doesn’t matter. The fact remains that she has done a great deal of damage to the conservative cause.

Republican candidates must now carefully distance themselves from Coulter, becuase she apparently remains popular among potential voters on the right, as shown by this World Net Daily poll. Even worse, the candidates who shared the CPAC stage with her that night are being forced to apologize for her comments. The fact that they even have to address them casts them in a negative light merely by association. In addition, Coulter's comments give many so-called “fence-sitting voters” an uneasy feeling about the conservative agenda.

Many on the left have painted conservatives as a group of racist homophobes. Coulter’s comments lend creedence to this view point. This could have the effect of causing some undecided voters to swing toward the left – something the right simply can not afford, particularly after the last election where they lost control in both houses of Congress.


At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

What's up Joe?

I'm definitely think Coulter went to far with this. Not so much for what she said as much as where she said it. I really enjoy her writing, in my opinion she is hilarious. I love her dry humor.

However, she has no business being at events with Republican candidates. She is the rights Michael Moore.


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