I’m glad to see that conservatives are disgusted by this stupid joke by Ann Coulter.
Ann Coulter is speaking at CPAC as I write. As is typical, she gave a brief speech full of her usual witticisms, including a few brilliant attacks on Al Gore’s green hypocrisy. All was good. Untill the last few seconds, when she launched into a joke about John Edwards.
Here’s what she said…..”I’d say something about John Edwards, but if you say ‘faggot’ you have to go to rehab.”
I’m no fan of John Edwards, but that’s just a stupid joke. It’s over the line. The laughter it generated across the room was more than a little annoying.
Last year it was “raghead.” This year it’s calling John Edwards a “faggot.” Two years in a row, Coulter has finished up an otherwise sharp CPAC routine with an obnoxious slur that liberals will fling at conservatives for years to come.
A smattering of laughter.
Not from this corner.
Dean Barnett at HughHewitt.com goes quite further (as does his commenters) in rebuking Coulter’s slur.
Idiotic. Disgusting. Stupid. Moronic.
I guess you could say that Ann loves to shock us, but at this point, who’s shocked? She obviously can’t behave well enough to attend a respectable political gathering. It’s not a lack of intelligence. It’s an indifference to self-control and a preening sort of narcissism that compels her to need the spotlight, even if it’s unflattering.
That pretty much says all one needs to about Ann’s stupidity and rabidness.
But let me offer this observation: I have no doubt that Ann’s remarks will make all of the national news networks and will be endlessly repeated. Fine. They should be assailed.
But why the complete silence by the same networks on the Leftist Bloggers cheering the attempted assassination of the Vice President of the United States?
I know, I know….consistency and ethics are too much to ask for from our news media these days. Meanwhile, Ann Coulter can go away.
**UPDATE** – Captain Ed has a great response to Ann Coulter’s “joke“. (Thanks, Calarato!)
At some point, Republicans will need to get over their issues with homosexuality. Regardless of whether one believes it to be a choice or a hardwired response, it has little impact on anyone but the gay or lesbian person. We can argue that homosexuality doesn’t require legal protection, but not when we have our front-line activists referring to them as “faggots” or worse. That indicates a disturbing level of animosity rather than a true desire to allow people the same rights and protections regardless of their lifestyles.
I’d like to think that this blog, in its attempts to dialogue with the conservative community, has helped in the moderation of the views of gays in America as is reflected in Capt. Ed’s comments.
Much work left to be done! One day at a time.