by Nancy Scola, Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 05:51:40 AM EST
Edwards campaign manager David Bonior responds, via email:
Did you hear about Anne Coulter's speech this afternoon attacking John? A friend just forwarded me the video and it's one of the worst moments in American politics I've seen.
I can't bring myself to even repeat her comments. Her shameless display of bigotry is so outrageous you actually have to see for yourself to believe it.
This is just a taste of the filth that the right-wing machine is gearing up to throw at us. And now that it's begun, we have a choice: Do we sit back, or do we fight back?
I say we fight. Help us raise $100,000 in "Coulter Cash" this week to show every would-be Republican mouthpiece that their bigoted attacks will not intimidate this campaign.
Bigotry seems to me a strange choice. Is this really what's at issue here the disparaging of someone for being homosexual? Coulter probably would have called him a "salamander-head" or "potato-face" if it would have riled up the crowd as well. RedState's Mike Krempasky kindly stops by MyDD to challenge the idea that this strain of conservativism is a monolithic herd -- he says of Coulter, "what a waste of breath," and points to a post he made some ninth months ago where he called her "despicable." Hot Air's Bryan Preston says Coulter was over the line, belittling "faggot" as this year's "raghead." And over at the Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez says that this is just Ann Coulter being Ann Coulter.
Precisely! The Ann Coulter that showed up CPAC was a known-quantity ordered up to entertain the troops. She's exactly who might appeal to the young CPAC-goer in 2007.
There's an opportunity here to move away from this language of "denouncing" and everyone running around after everyone else to say they're sorry. Back in 1980, Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy with a "states' rights" speech in Philadelphia, Mississippi -- where three civil rights workers had been killed in 1964. Why? One reading is that Reagan was personally so deeply racist that he would celebrate the murders of those working for racial justice. Seems more likely to me his motivation was more likely this -- he just thought it would work. It would propel his campaign and get him votes.
Was it important that Reagan apologize? Or was it a chance to spotlight just what some people are willing to do to win an election?Update [2007-3-3 11:35:31 by Nancy Scola]: I attributed a Hot Air post to Michelle Malkin when it was in fact the work of her editor Bryan Preston. I regret the error.
Update [2007-3-3 12:55:50 by Jerome Armstrong]: Mitt Romney and Ann Coulter at CPAC