Ann Coulter appeared tonight on Fox News (she canceled her CNN appearance). Fox News host Alan Colmes repeatedly pointed out that some conservatives have reacted to her Edwards remark with calls to shun her from the movement.
Coulter shrugged it off disdainfully, and insisted that conservatives will continue to embrace her. “This is the same thing we go through every six months. I say something, the same people become hysterical, and that’s the end of it. I mean I think the lesson young right-wingers ought to draw from this is: it’s really not that scary to attack liberals.” Watch it:
As Glenn Greenwald writes, “Several right-wing bloggers have created and signed onto a commendable petition which, among other things, calls for the CPAC to cease inviting Coulter to speak. Several of the more decent pro-Bush bloggers have signed on, though, at least as of now, most have not (and Sean Hannity expressly refused to condemn Coulter when asked about the remark).”
But Coulter is probably right. The conservative movement will surely stand by her, as it has done time and time again.
Today, David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union, which co-sponsors CPAC, issued a statement which not only refused to condemn Coulter’s specific statement, but more important, say whether she will be disinvited from next year’s event. “ACU and CPAC leave it to our audience to determine whether comments are appropriate or not,” the statement says. Also tonight on Fox News, Michelle Malkin, who has condemned Coulter’s remarks, acknowledged her positive role in the movement: “She is very popular among conservatives. … I have been a longtime admirer of much of her work. She has done yeoman’s work for conservatism.”
COLMES: Ann, you know, your problem isn’t with liberals like me because I was never you audience. But I’m getting a lot of emails from conservatives, like this one that says: “I’m a conservative. I used to be a fan of hers,” meaning yours. “You’re an embarrassment,” this person says, “to conservative beliefs, to the Republican Party, and to anyone with a shred of self-respect. Do us a favor: shun her.”
What do you say to conservatives who respond to you now like that?
COULTER: That’s how all liberals begin letters denouncing conservatives. And, this is the same thing we go through every six months. I say something, the same people become hysterical, and that’s the end of it. I mean I think the lesson young right-wingers ought to draw from this is: it’s really not that scary to attack liberals.
This is my 17th allegedly career-ending moment. And, by the way, also again, the left has precisely proved the point of the joke — which was to make fun of that actor going into rehab for using a word. This is like the Soviet Union —
COLMES: — it would be funnier if it were a better joke. But Ann, you’re ignoring my question, which is, that you’re attacking this letter writer for being a liberal. I’m getting a lot of these letters from conservatives. You’re losing your conservative base by saying the things you’re saying.
COULTER: (laughs) Well, okay, we’ll see. That’s happened every other time for about a decade now. I get the same thing.