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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Edwards v. Coulter

I am not a huge fan of Ann Coulter. It might be envy. She has sold hundreds of thousands of books. I happen to know the exact number of books I've sold:


Even allowing for that, I come from the "You are my opponent, not my enemy" school of politics so I don't like Coulter's act.

The other day I was on ABC's webcast "Politics Now!"

Sam Donaldson began berating me about Ann Coulter and her dust up with Elizabeth Edwards.

Coulter had been on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday morning. She was there live and in person. I happened to have been on during a Jake Tapper package about ... I forget.

That night - or the next - Coulter was on Hardball with Chris Matthews. It was an obvious set-up because Elizabeth Edwards called in. Hardball is not a call-in show so this wasn't exactly an every-night occurrence.

Sam asked me, in that demanding way he has, whether Ann Coulter's hard line hurt Republicans.

I said: Sam, I didn't put her on the air. You did - or, at least ABC did. So, don't ask me to justify her.

Sam agreed with me which was the first time in our 30-or-so year acquaintance that has ever happened.


Karen said...

The whole dust up is crazy. Sure, Ann's obnoxious, a bomb thrower. So's Elizabeth. What else is new? Matthews allows Coulter to be party to an ambush and we're off to the races.

It looks like Edwards sent his mommy to defend him. She should ratchet it down. She's not the candidate.


June 28, 2007 9:03 PM  
Barbra said...

I, for one, as a fairly loyal Republican, wouldn't mind if Coulter "ratcheted it down." But that would also ratchet down her notoriety and make her bottom line suffer. So let's not count on that.

Meanwhile, let's not forget the money a Coulter demilitarization would cost the Edwards camp in opportunities to raise campaign funds by passing along the latest vile thing Coulter has said about him.

June 28, 2007 9:54 PM  
Ed said...


"Matthews allows Coulter to be party to an ambush and we're off to the races."

Matthews "set up" Coulter to be ambushed. He used both Coulter and Elizabeth Edwards in an attempt to boost his ratings. He would be wise to remember that he needs Coulter more than she needs him.

Coulter has been very careful in how she has worded her comments on Edwards. The "LTM" (left tributary media), the "leftistsphere" and the Edwards have been equally careful to misquote or mis-paraphrase her comments. Coulter's comments on Edwards have been "Dowd-ified".

I don't believe there is enough time, even in this extremely long campaign, for "the speaker for the unborn" to grow a spine and convince the electorate that he has done so. I believe the republic should breathe a sigh of relief on that score. He may well be the "lesser of three evils", but not enough "lesser".

June 29, 2007 4:55 AM  
Rob said...


Admit it... it's not the book sales that are making you jealous... it's those golden locks.

June 29, 2007 6:35 AM  
Rich Galen said...

Nah. As Senator Alan Simpson once said: You are born with only so many hormones. If you want to waste your's on hair, that's up to you.


June 29, 2007 7:09 AM  
JV said...

I think it's great fun for Ann Coulter to say 'outrageous' things. Just to watch the media hacks running around in fake horror with one set of knuckles in their mouth and the other hand to their chest makes me wish she had more to say.

June 29, 2007 11:23 AM  
HB said...

John Edwards wants to be President, its a TOUGH job. If he can't handle ANYTHING Ann Coulter has to say, he AIN'T ready for that job.

Anything she has said pales in comparison to words of the leftistsphere. Bush = Hitler for example. You might not agree with many of Bush's actions or policies, but did he send out Laura to attack his critics beyond sending her on the campaign trail? Nope. Class versus Classless....

About 15 years ago a University of Maryland feminist group hung signs on campus with the names of male students taken at random from the campus directory making the claim that they were "potential" rapists. Now those are words that truly harm!

June 30, 2007 7:25 AM  
sharpe said...

Rich: Edwards is a loser. Coulter is funny, irreverent, and hits the bullseye. What's not to like?

July 2, 2007 1:16 PM  
Anonymous said...


I love the new blog--great idea.

Re Coulter, frankly I wish Bush had her communications skills--he wouldn't be at 30% approval if he could articulate anything that was comprehensible. Have a set of balls would be great too--maybe Ann can lend him hers.

And who cares what Donaldson, Mathews et all think anyway? They will paint Republicans in the worst possible light no matter what, so why be a sheep led to slaughter, al la most elected Republicans in DC now, including Bush?

Bill in Tucson

July 2, 2007 6:14 PM  

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