The Shunning of Ann Coulter
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Promoted by Jeff, with confidence that the glaring omission in the listed examples of "the conservative movement's brillant men and women" was simply an oversight. ;-)
Yesterday at CPAC, Ann Coulter said:
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.
When I blogged on the PandaGate scandal, I swore to myself that I would never support or defend anyone who uses the same kind of hateful rhetoric that Amanda Marcotte uses. I didn't realize that this would mean having to denounce a conservative celebrity just days after joining the Republican Party and declaring myself a conservative. Be that as it may, that's exactly what I'm doing: I'm denouncing her. And I'm saying that all other conservatives should do the same thing.
Read on . . .
How can we do anything else? 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.
You know, the conservative movement features a lot of brilliant men and women. Erick Erickson, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity, Ann Althouse, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham - these are names all of us know, and there are so many more. Ann Coulter used to be one of those brilliant conservatives. But now all she does is come out on the national stage once every few months, say a few outrageous and indefensible things, and proceed to make the conservative movement look like the horrible ogre that liberals say that it is. Now all she does is say these awful things that increase her celebrity and her book sales but do nothing to further the interests of American conservatism. Yes, it is high time for the conservative movement to move on. Ann Coulter's got to go. I hope every single one of the Republican presidential candidates disown her, I hope Vice President Cheney disowns her, I hope President Bush disowns her, I hope CPAC disowns her, and I hope every single conservative in America disowns her. The conservative movement will only be the better for it.
Update II: Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney have all repudiated Coulter's remarks.