Hi everyone. I haven't blogged much lately, but one thing I can and will do with my blog is to do my part in spreading horrors such as this. I've loathed Ann Coulter for a long time-- now I'm gratified that other people can come to share my revulsion. This story is from the AP wire.-----
From the weekend: Uproar over Coulter
Not many stories from the weekend are getting more attention than the offensive slur that conservative commentator Ann Coulter aimed at Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.
Candidates from both major parties and bloggers of all political persuasions are condemning Coulter and her choice of words. (File photo of Coulter by Jim Cooper of the AP.)
In case you're just catching up on this, here's what Coulter said at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference:
"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."
She later told The New York Times that "c'mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean."
Among the reactions:
• "Ann Coulter brought hate speech to a new low," said the Edwards campaign, which launched a "Coulter cash" fund-raising effort "to fight back against the politics of bigotry."
• "The comments were completely inappropriate and there should be no place for such name-calling in political debate," said Republican presidential candidate and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
• "When Coulter employed the f-word to abuse a candidate, she made herself radioactive because the word is a simply invitation to hate. It was repulsive," wrote Hugh Hewitt at the conservative Townhall.com Blog. "I cannot imagine Coulter being invited to any panel or television appearance on which I would want to appear. Colleges and universities must also stop inviting her to appear as a representative of the conservative movement in America. She is not."
• "She's a bully, has been for years, and is egged-on in her bullydom because her shtick appeals to a certain element in American conservatism," said Nancy Scola at the liberal MyDD.
• "Bottom line: Coulter's remark was indefensible," wrote conservative Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters. "She had the right to say it, but that doesn't make her right for saying it, and she deserves every bit of criticism she's getting."
Coulter does have a defender or two:
• "So the liberals are upset with Ann -- how come I could care less? I will tell you in a few words. Because they take the truth and twist it and lie," wrote conservative Layla Gonzalez at The HILL Chronicles.
• "She's a bomb-thrower and a loose cannon, but I'm inclusive enough, I believe in diversity enough, that I can accept her for who and what she is and value her uniqueness and her contribution to our political world," said Jay Tea at the conservative Wizbang. "I just wouldn't want to EVER see her with any kind of real power."