I’ve never been much of a fan of Ann Coulter’s. She’s not my cuppa. I’ve always found her to be just “over the top” so much so that her brashness would too often undercut her own point. Smart? Yes. But that never translated into “credible”, for me, simply because in order to have credibility you need to be able to make your point without going overboard – without resorting to calling people “ragheads” or “wingnuts” or whatever. There are folks on both sides of the aisle who take their valid comments and utterly debase them with that sort of unnecessary talk.
It seems that Coulter really stepped in it, yesterday and she is being appropriately and rightly taken to the woodshed by bloggers on the right. Whether Coulter will have enough grace to admit she blew it and to apologize for her excesses – well, that will be interesting to see. In the meantime there are some on the left who are demanding that those on the right admonish Coulter…which seems to me to be precisely what rightwing bloggers were doing, almost immediately, without needing prompting from folks on the left, thanks very much.
As Michelle Malkin correctly notes – Rightwing blogs tend to insist on better behavior from conservatives who put their feet in their mouths. I see a number of blogs immediately went after Coulter – as they should have. They did not make excuses for disgusting racist “jokes”. This is one of those times when maybe the eternal moralists on the left might want to take a look at their own house and how they react to its messes.
Or better yet, as Michelle suggests, let’s keep our eyes on the really important stuff.