Not Enough from Romney, Giuliani
by Matt Stoller, Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 08:38:02 AM EST
Adam Nagourney reports.
Democrats were not the only denouncing Ms. Coulter. "The comments were wildly inappropriate," said Brian Jones, a spokesman for Senator John McCain, a Republican candidate for president who did not attend.
Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said: "It was an offensive remark. Governor Romney believes all people should be treated with dignity and respect.
This is nonsense. Romney was just praising Coulter effusively at CPAC, and he hasn't taken back his praise. All he did was argue that her words in that particular instant were offensive. This is a non-apology. This is what Romney said right before Coulter called Edwards a 'faggot':
"I am happy to hear that after you hear from me, you will hear from Ann Coulter. That is a good thing. Oh yeah!"
If Romney, or Giuliani, or any other major Republican were really doing anything but basking in the hatred and bigotry in the conservative leadership, they would pledge not to attend any more events where Coulter is speaking. Coulter is a big draw and wildly popular among right-wingers; denouncing her more extreme comments is a popular sport among Republicans, because it allows them to both hold mainstream appeal while basking in the overt racism and bigotry that she often displays.
Romney and Giuliani need to move beyond this, or they need to own it. And so far, it sounds to me like Romney still thinks that hearing from Coulter is a 'good thing'. I wonder if any reporter will actually find out if he still thinks that.