Michael Smerconish: GOP: Cut Coulter Loose!

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    OH MY GAWD! Since when did Ann Coulter become a speaker for the Republican party and the people who are Republican or conservatives?
    If Ann wants to apologize, that up for her to do. But she sure hell won't be apologizing for me, cause I didn't ask her to write her book.... GIVE ME A FRIGGEN BREAK ALREADY...............These people are IDIOTS, IDIOTS I Tell you....And truly PATHITIC
    :I'm sick of the whole lot of them already......



    Michael Smerconish
    Wed Jun 14, 11:08 AM ET



    Ann Coulter speaks only for Ann Coulter and maybe a fringe element when she writes, with regard to certain 9/11 widows, that she's "never seen people enjoying their husband's deaths so much."



    Her word choice is appalling, irrational, and indefensible.

    By now you have heard that in her new book, within a chapter titled "Liberals' Doctrine of Infallibility: Sobbing Hysterical Women", Coulter argues that certain Democrat messengers get a free ride because of their tragic backgrounds. Four vocal 9/11 widows are her best evidence. Her view that anyone who chooses to enter the fray themselves is open to criticism - regardless of their circumstance - is itself fair comment. Too bad she didn't leave it at that, and keep the dialogue respectful. But that's just not the way she earns a living.

    She wrote that Kristen Breitweiser is a "scold", and "Miss Va-Va Voom of 1968". She referred to the four women as "weeping widows", and the "Witches of East Brunswick". She had the indecency to ask "how do we know their husband's weren't planning to divorce these harpies?", and wondered "now that their shelf life is dwindling, they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy."

    Bill Oreilly got it right when he said that "a no-spin rule is that you don't justify bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior." On the Factor, he said that one can easily get the impression that Coulter enjoys the personal attack "but once you get down to that level, you often lose the point".

    That is exactly what occurred here. Too bad. Lost in the controversy she created to sell books are some otherwise salient, albeit less salacious points made by Coulter on such subjects as operation Able Danger.

    Now, in the midst of her predictable vilification from the left, it is time for Coulter to be criticized from the right.

    With an already difficult November just a summer away, Republicans should rush to confront Coulter's comments rather than run the risk that anyone would associate her views with them.:wtf: She's a Fox fixture, who some may perceive as the personification of red states and Republican policy. But that's not the case. And that perception is dangerous. Whatever advantage comes from having Coulter ignite a fringe base is far outweighed by the way she will be properly perceived as damaged goods in anything other than small circles.

    So far, nationally, the GOP has missed the boat. Last week, while Coulter's foibles filled the airwaves, the Republicans were busy grandstanding on gay rights, the death tax and flag burning. Don't get me wrong, each is worthy of an up-and-down vote, but lost in this pure political theatre designed to give GOP candidates the opportunity to trumpet select issues was the damage being done by Coulter who did not face an equally orchestrated Republican response.

    Maybe that can change, beginning right here.

    I've found that when asked, Republican office holders are willing to condemn Coulter. And I am talking about individuals involved in the hottest races in the country: Senator Santorum, and Congressmen Weldon, Gerlach and Fitzpatrick.

    A day after Coulter appeared on Today with Matt Lauer, I spoke with Senator Santorum. I told him I was appalled by her comments and asked if he was?

    "Probably more then you are. I mean this is ridiculous. I mean Ann is what? Ann is someone who is out there trying to sell books and, you know appeal to a certain audience and I guess she's doing it," Santorum replied.

    I asked if he was in the audience to which she's appealing?

    "No, no, I don't consider myself, I'm not a part of that audience at all that's really on the edge as far as I'm concerned, maybe over the edge."

    Over the edge indeed.

    When Congressman Curt Weldon was equally critical of what she'd written, I told him that I was happy to hear that she was not speaking for his brand of Republican.

    "No. I think that is obscene, I mean to take to somebody in their darkest hour of grief and try to say that somehow they're personally benefiting from that is just plain wrong, and while I generally support her I think she stepped way, way over the bounds on this one," said Weldon.

    Ditto for Congressman James Gerlach.

    "I am most saddened and disheartened by Ann Coulter's hateful statements concerning these widows. Regardless of their views on any political or policy issue, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and my heart continues to go out to them and all of the families of the 9/11 victims for their tragic loss."

    And is she speaking for Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick?

    "No she's not, that's unfortunate as well, certainly doesn't speak for me there."

    Santorum, Weldon, Gerlach, and Fitzpatrick. ::gives:

    But it was a hero from Arizona, Senator John McCain, who best articulated to me why we as Americans, not necessarily as Republicans, need to respond to Ann Coulter:

    "We need to be more respectful of the views of others who disagree with us. I've been giving a series of Commencement speeches. The day before yesterday at Ohio State University, it was wonderful, there were 47,000 people there and the subject of my speech was that we should have vigorous debate and dialogue but we're not enemies. The enemy is out there in Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the people that want to destroy us."
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    I think Ms. Coulter raised a legitimate point. The democrats and the left are using these women in the place of an argument. It's a good tool for proping yourself, lets face it, who wants to take on a 9/11 widow in a debate on terrorism, but their using these women in the place of any substancial counterargument. While I think Ms. Coulter went too far in saying they were enjoying their husband's deaths. I understand and agree with the point she is trying to make.
     
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    Hey Mr. Conley, this may be the first time you and I have agreed on something ..:D :banana:

    But I agree with you..
    It was harsh what she said about the widows, and I probably wouldn't of said it the way she did....
    But I do see her point...
    Of course (most) liberals wont agree with that.

    But for these people Now trying to tie Coulter into speaking for all the Republican party, that is really ticking me off...

    And the way certain Democrats are asking for her book to be boycotted
    and suggesting that book stores not sell it. You have to admit that looks pretty bad on the Dems?
     
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    Having given some more thought to this...I find myself siding more and more with Coulter.

    She's a pundit...and while I expect better from my politicians, my representatives, I don't expect anything from pundits except that if they want to sway my opinion and make me think...they should use fact to support their opinions.

    Ann Coulter is expressing an opinion that the "Jersey Girls," have been handled by left-wing extremists who have used and profited from the sanctity we in this country have given their position as 9/11 widows to further espouse their views.

    I, in what I have read and seen, believe this to be true. I do believe that these women have allowed themselves to become mouthpieces for extreme left-wing groups. I believe the same of Cindy Sheehan. It does not stop me from feeling sorry for their losses....but being sorry for their losses does not mean that I have to agree with their opinions.

    Michael Moore uses footage of soldiers against his will. He used footage of a dead soldier's funeral in Farenheit 9/11 to make his anti-war point when the family expressing stated that the soldier believed in the war, felt the cause was just. Michael Moore spliced footage of a wounded solider in the hospital together in such a way that it looked like that soldier was anti-war...when he was really no such thing - that soldier is now suing Moore.

    Obviously, Moore - an icon on the left, does not believe that sufferring a loss or losing your life makes your opinion sacred UNLESS your opinion is anti-war or anti-Bush...but you do not see news organizations going nuts over the poor families he has crushed and devestated by his film.

    Additionally...what Moore did was deceitful, he did what he always does - alter or manipulate what is actually going on in order to make his point...Ann Coulter simply stated her opinion...

    I think the most shocking part of this whole saga is not Coulters statement (which yes, I still find unduly harsh) but rather the obvious double-standard it has brought forth.
     
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    Ann Coulter is SPOT-ON regarding the Jersey Girls.
     
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    Precisely!!
     
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    That WAS her point!!
     
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    McPain in the butt cannot/will not recognize an underhanded tactic used by a major enemy of our country (the Left) because he sucks up to them for their media attention and vote.

    Coulter has done us a big service by ripping away the protective wrapper of sympathy that the Left has inappropriately used to further their agenda.
     

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