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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Defending Wrong for the Right

Although I dislike Sen. John Edwards and his wife for their politics, I must say that Elizabeth Edwards impressed me recently when she went after Ann Coulter.

Overall, there is much that I like about Ann Coulter. However, when a conservative goes astray, fellow conservatives are very wrong to not call them out. Examples abound! Look at Pres. Bush and the damage that befell the Republicans all because they couldn't do the courageous and correct thing and challenge him on some of his mistakes. If we on the right are so unprincipled that we cannot take a stand against wrong (no matter what side has committed that wrong) then we are saying that it's right.

Where did Coulter go wrong?

Coulter has much going for her, and she knows it. She's a relatively pretty woman who attempts to make the most of what she has and shamelessly uses her looks to market herself.

Looks give license: In other words, pretty people get away with more than most people do. So, as time has gone by, she has lost her message as she increasingly attempts to be "tough". In attempting to appear to be strong, she is increasingly weakening her message and appearing to be slightly mad. She has not been reigned in.

Recently Coulter offended many people (conservative and liberal alike) when speaking of John Edwards at different times. These remarks were extremist and beyond distasteful. As the Des Moines Register reported, "Among other things, Coulter has referred to John Edwards as a "faggot" and recently said she wished he had died in a terrorist attack." Even worse, she alluded to the recent death of Edward's teenage son, saying that John Edwards probably had a bumper sticker on his car saying, "Ask me about my dead son," with the obvious implication that he is milking his son's death for political gain.

So on Wednesday evening, Elizabeth Edwards herself called in to "Hardball", when Coulter was making an appearance on the show. Elizabeth confronted Coulter and (not surprisingly) was sneered at once more. And yet, Elizabeth apparently held her own.

As Elizabeth later said, someone must stand up to such bullying. Sadly, the conservatives are not stopping it.

13 comments:

exMI said...

I agree with what you say. The only difference here is that I can't stand to listen to, or read anything Coulter says. She is seriously off her lid.

Ed Abbey said...

I have filed Ann Coulter in the same mental file as Rush Limbaugh. Since they both seem to have gone off the deep end on the right side of the pool, I hear their voices and I automatically tune them out. That happened long before the faggot comments on Edwards.

P.S. I'm impressed that my state rag was a source for this. I didn't figure anyone read it outside a 50 mile radius of Des Moines.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Exmi, I'm getting to that point, though I really loved her book Godless. Of course part of the reason I loved it was due to the fact that it was well-researched and not as pugnacious as she has lately been. And, I have never really listened to her or read anything that she's written up till that point, so it may have been an aberration.

Ed, I agree: Rush has sold out to the Big Biz / Big Brother segment (a.k.a. neocons). At ONE time he had principles. I was discussing this with a friend the other day, as a matter of fact! As I said then, it's not always easy to make it to the top and keep your standards because at that point there are SO many special interest groups and wealthy, influential people you meet. You feel this need to conform, to please these people and suddenly you're compromising. Rush has compromised to such an extent that he was basically the voice of George Bush until recently when he saw the way the polls were going and decided to go against the illegal immigrants amnesty bill. I was shocked, frankly. I never thought he would do the right thing again, but it's only due to the people. That's why I think it's hysterical to hear politicians say that talk radio has engineered the uprising: Most of us were fed up before, and many people that are opposed to the illegals are DEMOCRATS and LIBERALS - hardly influenced by talk radio!

Hans said...

I don't think she is all that attractive. She's blonde and leggy but she has some mileage on her and they aren't highway miles. Than she opens her mouth and she's always angry with no sense of decency. I guess that is the source of her notoriety. Like Paris she thrives on that and to keep herself current she has to constantly up the ante of shamelessness.

Maybe it's time for her to release a sex tape. It would be less offensive than most of what comes out of her mouth.

The Lazy Iguana said...

Mann has one hell of an Adams Apple for a chick. Ever notice that?

And what does she have going for her? She is a twit. She opens up her mouth, and nothing of any value comes forth. All she does is parrot crap other people have already said - unless of course she is insulting others with such classic "jokes" as "hey look at that fag" and "I hope that fag dies in a terrorist attack". Wow, what great material!

And Mann would know a lot about fags. Did I mention "her" Adams Apple? I do not think her sex tape would feature another man in it.

She keeps getting on the TV because she appeals to the mentality of the 25% that never made it past the 7th grade.

Oh yea and her book. Godless. Real original there. Liberals never go to Church and so on. Not a single Democrat ever goes to church, and when they do it is just for show. ONLY Republicans are truly holy. Is that pretty much it? I never did read that book. I think Dianetics would be more worthwhile to read.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Lazy, actually, Godless didn't say much about the Dems being agnostic/atheistic, etc... You should read it. You might feel dirty afterwards, but there's much in there you'd agree with. ;o) And yeah, dude looks like a lady. But a GOOD looking lady, really, for a female impersonator.

Hans, Yes, we're in agreement on this one. Well, I'll pass on the sex tape, though. :D

The Lazy Iguana said...

Ill find her book in a trash pile someday. I may then pick it out and read some of it.

daveawayfromhome said...

The GOP doesnt call Coulter on her style because it would be hypocritical of them (though, I guess hypocracy has never stopped them before); Coulter is just an amped up version of their usual shtick: spin, lie, and misdirect until it sounds like truth.

(Coulter and her Adam's apple could do a sex tape with Michelle Malkin. That'd keep them both "relevant")

daveawayfromhome said...

the "usual shtick: spin, lie, and misdirect until it sounds like truth."
Oh, and when confronted with contradicting evidence, ignore it while questioning the patriotism of those who brought up the point.

Did I mention that I loath Ann Coulter with a deep and abiding dislike?

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

ANN COULTER MUST DIE!

The Lazy Iguana said...

Ann Coulter should be ignored. Marginalized. Told to shut the F up. Not asked to go on any TV show. Not paid for any speaking engagements.

I am against the death penalty.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

So I am, I just want her murdered not killed for treason.

mal said...

I wonder if some of these folks just get so full of themselves it starts leaking from all their orifices?

Coulter used to be breath of fresh air in an area characterized by folks like Limbaugh and Franken. I consider her ad hominem comments to be unpardonable.

Of course you can never pardon them if they do not believe they did anything wrong to start with....