She does this by saying what a lot of them are thinking and the proof is in the fact that no one on the Right condemns her hate speech nor uninvites her from making appearances at high profile Republican events. Ann’s latest attack came on Friday when she “jokingly” referred to presidential candidate John Edwards as a faggot:
Speaking Friday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., Coulter closed her remarks with: “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.”
Audience members appeared startled, then many clapped, and she opened the floor to questions. The event was carried on C-SPAN. Many newspapers, including The New York Times, covered the event but failed to mention the Coulter slur at first.
They’re startled because they’re not used to having their thoughts blurted out like that. Oh sure some conservative commentators have put forward the act of expressing disapproval:
On Saturday, Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Romney said: “It was an offensive remark. Governor Romney believes all people should be treated with dignity and respect.”
“The comments were wildly inappropriate,” said Brian Jones, a spokesman for McCain.
The remarks also drew disapproval from some popular conservative commentators. Ed Morrissey on his Captain’s Quarters blog wrote: “Yeah, that’s just what CPAC needs—an association with homophobia. Nice work, Ann.”
Michelle Malkin expressed disapproval, and at her Hot Air site regular contributor “Bryan” 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. Thanks, Ann.”
…but the folks at ACU and CPAC make it clear that this sort of smear tactics is just fine with them:
ACU and CPAC leave it to our audience to determine whether comments are appropriate or not. “Ann Coulter is known for comments that can be both provocative and outrageous. That was certainly the case in her 2007 CPAC appearance and previous ones as well. But as a point of clarification, let me make it clear that ACU and CPAC do not condone or endorse the use of hate speech,” said David A. Keene, ACU Chairman.
Meanwhile Coulter isn’t backing down:
For Sunday’s paper he elicited this reply from Coulter: “C’mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean.”
The folks in the Edwards campaign are trying to turn lemons into lemonade by using the attack as a means of raising money for their campaign calling it “Coulter Cash”. Edwards campaign manager David Bonior posted a letter to the campaign website calling for donations and Coulter decided to take the opportunity to launch another attack on the Edwards campaign:
A copy of Bonior’s letter was posted on Coulter’s Web site, with this note underneath: “It’s always good to divert Bonior from his principal pastime which is fronting for Arab terrorists.”
There’s no low she won’t stoop to and her ongoing acceptance and approval by the Republicans only lays bare the lie that they supposedly disapprove of her remarks. She says what many of them are thinking and they love her for it.