Well ... as a (sorta) "faggot" myself, I really resent this vicious slur ... my being compared to John Edwards. Seriously ... I was willing to defend Isaiah Washington (the case to which Coulter was making reference) because his first use was factually disputed, and the second was a usage quotation ("I did not call him a faggot") denying the first, not an actual reference. Predictably, the left howled outrage over Ann's words -- but they don't matter in this.
I genuinely do love Coulter's TV appearances and I have a weekly ritual with a co-worker of reading that week's column at the same time, timing each other's laughs, and reading the choicest soundbytes aloud. I know that Ann was trying to make a joke, but it just came across as an ugly insult, an attempt to one-up herself for publicity's sake. It feeds the worst lie about conservatives -- that they (we) hate homosexuals. I've said it many times -- religious, political and social righties are not the people who have contempt for a man like myself. I think Ann may have just done a Fonzie special involving water skis, a boat, a ramp and a large, carnivorous fish.
Nor is my impression unique. The top 3 Republican candidates criticized her remarks. But far more importantly, the conservative blogosphere appears to have turned on her (it didn't help that the remark was generally seen as witless and that she used the word "raghead" last year -- fueling the charge that she's showboating at everyone else's expense):
- Cliff Kinkaid of Accuracy in Media called her "the Britney Spears of the Right" and wondered whether she was a liberal agent provocateur;
- Dan Riehl called her the "insufferable self-indulgent political media equivalent to Anna Nicole," wished death on her and said she should never be invited back to CPAC;
- Michelle Malkin said Coulter had "sullied the hard work of hundreds of CPAC participants and exhibitors and tarred the collective reputation of thousands of CPAC attendees";
- Amy Ridenour of CPAC co-sponsor National Center for Public Policy Research said she "pushed her offensiveness up a notch" (and provided links to yet more criticism from such important conservative blogs as Gay Patriot, Right Nation and Captain's Quarters);
- Bryan Preston at Hot Air summed it all up: "Thanks, Ann."
p.s. This will probably be the only post in the history of this site to be illustrated with two pictures of women. Straight guys ... enjoy.