While Howard Dean has demanded that Republican candidates denounce Ann Coulter for her comments on John Edwards, many conservative bloggers are already doing so. Coulter said the following at the 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.”
Ed Morrissey responded with:
Yeah, that’s just what CPAC needs — an association with homophobia. Nice work, Ann.
At some point, Republicans will need to get over their issues with homosexuality. Regardless of whether one believes it to be a choice or a hardwired response, it has little impact on anyone but the gay or lesbian person. We can argue that homosexuality doesn’t require legal protection, but not when we have our front-line activists referring to them as “faggots” or worse. That indicates a disturbing level of animosity rather than a true desire to allow people the same rights and protections regardless of their lifestyles.
The Confederate Yankee writes:
Ann Coulter is a verbal suicide bomber, willing to blow away her credibility and that of those around her for a few extra moments of infamy. Sooner or later, CPAC and other conservative and Republican groups are going to learn that Coulter is far more interested in promoting herself than any ideology they share…
Ann Coulter stopped being an asset for conservatives a long time ago. I think it is time we move on past her.
Red State writes:
How can we condemn John Edwards’ campaign for hiring someone who uses hateful and profane rhetoric and then look the other way when one of our own uses that same kind of rhetoric? Indeed, all of the Republican presidential candidates – and especially those in attendance at CPAC – should denounce Coulter. She should never again be invited to CPAC. She should, for that matter, never again be invited to another conservative or Republican event. She should be totally and utterly shunned by the conservative movement. We don’t need her; if anything, she has become a hindrance and an eyesore, a figure who liberals can point to and say: “Look. That’s why you don’t want to vote Republican.” She can’t possibly be drawing anyone into the conservative movement. If anything, she’s got to be decreasing our numbers.
Hot Air wrote:
I’m no fan of John Edwards, but that’s just a stupid joke. It’s over the line. The laughter it generated across the room was more than a little annoying.
Last year it was “raghead.” This year it’s calling John Edwards a “faggot.” Two years in a row, Coulter has finished up an otherwise sharp CPAC routine with an obnoxious slur that liberals will fling at conservatives for years to come.
Riehl World View writes:
However, the clearly too self-centered and all too self-promoting Coulter should be denounced for her selection of venue. And the group or individuals responsible for having the reckless, attention craving publicity whore at CPAC should denounce her and make it clear she won’t ever be invited back.
Andrew Sullivan writes:
I hope that conservatives finally repudiate Coulter for reasons other than opportunism. The issue is not that she makes other conservatives look bad; it’s that she is cynical poison for any serious political movement. Conservatism should be about expanding opportunity for all, not restricting opportunity for the already-marginalized. That it has morphed from one to the other is a sign of something deeper than cosmetics and manners. It’s time to acknowledge and deal with that.
Michelle Malkin called it “a cheap one-liner.” Dean Barnett called it “Idiotic. Disgusting. Stupid. Moronic.” Blue Crab Boulevard writes, “It’s a bald-faced provocation, unnecessary and almost certain to backfire.” Right Wing Nut House wants to “starve the witch of the attention she craves.”