by Matt Stoller, Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 11:37:10 AM EST
So I watched a bit of CPAC on C-Span, and Ann Coulter was up giving a generic rhetorically ridiculous speech. At a certain point, she said "I would talk about Edwards but I've heard that you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot'". And then during the Q&A, Coulter answered a question from a college student on how to combat apathy with 'Show Ronald Reagan movies and start a Joe McCarthy club, those are my best ideas'. I have to say, the whole conservative charade seems a bit tired. I can't imagine anything less appealing to college students or really anyone than a Joe McCarthy club or Ronald Reagan movies. That is so seriously uncool, not in the sense that it's bad, but in the sense that it's just remarkably unfun.
Anyway, one thing to keep in mind, aside from the conservative uncoolness, is that she called a major Democratic candidate a faggot. Ok, she's an entertainer, so whatever. But keep in mind that prior to her appearance, most major Republican Presidential candidates appeared on the stage to make appeals to the audience.
I wonder if they support Coulter's statement. Do they think it's appropriate to call John Edwards a faggot?
UPDATE: Thinkprogress has the video.
UPDATE AGAIN: I called a contact at the Edwards campaign for a response. Nothing yet. It would be stupid to respond to Coulter, but it's a good idea to hang Coulter around Romney and Giuliani's neck.