Ann Coulter: "Giving strong women everywhere a bad name"

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Well, well, well. My buddy Ann Coulter sure found herself on the hot (literally and figuratively) seat yesterday. The quick recap: Coulter was on Hardball doing an outdoor interview on a day that CapitalWeather.com described as “hot and humid with afternoon high temperatures in the low 90s.” Perhaps that explains why she was wearing sunglasses the entire time. (It is weird watching people wearing sunglasses as they are interviewed, as it is hard to gauge their full expression.) I was at the gym when the show came on and counted my lucky stars that the flat panel TV it was on had no sound and no teletype. Just seeing Ann in her sunglasses raised my heart rate enough; I didn’t really want to hear what she had to say. But by continuing to listen to Madonna (“Ray of Light,” her best album ever in my humble opinion) on my iPod, I missed it when Elizabeth Edwards called in to very politely and calmly ask Coulter to stop her onslaught of personal attacks. Fortunately, other women bloggers were more alert and astute. Here’s what they had to say:

Melissa McEwan at Shakespeare’s Sister wrote:

The game that Coulter is playing is completely typical of the defenders of hate speech, as well (and that goes for defenders of hate speech on either side of the aisle). Any suggestion that hate speech masks real issues that need our attention, or that there's nothing gained by being deliberately hurtful to individuals or whole groups forged by shared identity, is translated into "Censorship!" Coulter immediately takes Edwards' request that she not utilize hate speech and turns it into "The wife of a presidential candidate is asking me to stop speaking." Pathetic.

Catherine Morgan at Informed Voter (also a contributing editor here at BlogHer!), noted:

It seems the only thing Ann Couter cares about is selling books (and she has stated that many times herself). It’s really a sad commentary on the people who would actually buy this book, do they really think God condones this kind of hateful behavior? I wish some of these commentators that only gently point out her disrespect would speak up, and call her on it. It seems she scares these interviewers into letting her spout off things that no other person could ever get away with. I wish just one time someone, somewhere, would put her in her place. I’m all for strong women, but she is really giving strong women everywhere a bad name.

In her take on how the media allows attention seekers to revel in the spotlight, Brigette L. Nacos wrote at The Reflective Pundit:

Take Chris Matthews of “Hardball” who provided Coulter once again with a stage on his show and obviously arranged for Elizabeth Edwards to call in to confront Coulter and her put-downs of presidential candidate John Edwards. The polite Elizabeth Edwards was no match for the aggressive big mouth Coulter. But Matthews got what he and his kind strive for: confrontation, conflict, attacks, insults—not the civilized public discourse that Mrs. Edwards pleaded for.

Conservatives like Coulter love, love, love to talk about how people need to take responsibility for their actions, but when push comes to shove, they always beg off their own behavior. Here’s the deal, Ann: you can only expect people to eat the steaming hot crock of shit you routinely concoct for so long before someone finally throws it back in your face.

The Coulter hooha is also covered at:
Tennessee Guerilla Women
The Divine Democrat
The Left Coaster

Since I’m all about democracy and fairness, I would love to present what Coulter’s supporters are saying. Thus far, however, I haven’t found any blogs that support my sunglass wearing friend, so if you know of any that are noteworthy, please post links in the comments.

And on a related note, while I dislike Coulter and reserve the right to complain about her, I echo the language on Shakespeare's Sister that is not cool, acceptable, or decent to complain that Coulter is an idiot hate monger and then go on to malign her appearance, refer to her as a man, or call her a "tranny" because you don't like her. Not sure why being a transvestite is an insult, but it seems that some people think it is. And that's as lame as Coulter.

Suzanne also blogs at Campaign for Unshaved Snatch (CUSS) & Other Rants and has a long history of disliking Coulter

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