March 2, 2007
Where is the right-wing outrage?
“I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that 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.” — Ann Coulter, at the at the Conservative Political Action Conference today.
How is it that Shakespeare’s Sister is a “vulgar, trash-talking bigot,” but Ann Coulter can say any number of bigoted things, and no one on the right wing seems to care? The fact that it appears we lefties swear a lot doesn’t quite seem to compare to trying to disparage a presidential candidate by mentioning an epithet that doesn’t actually apply to him, but instead might suggest what Coulter thinks about his masculinity. I would love to see conservatives try to distance themselves from her, to condemn what she’s said… but I’m not going to hold my breath, particularly given the fact that the statement received laughter and applause (along with “ooh”s of, I presume, disbelief or something like it).