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Monday, February 13, 2006

Conservative's Enemy #1: Ann Coulter

Conservatives have been very critical of the Democratic party over the past few years because of various extremists who have become informal spokesmen of the party. People like Michael Moore, Gore Vidal, or Cindy Sheehan come to mind. (of course this doesn't even take into account official spokesmen who can't seem to critique the Bush administration without foaming at the mouth) I recall conservatives taking Jimmy Carter to task for sitting with Michael Moore at the 2004 Democratic convention.

It is time for conservatives to stop an ongoing hypocrisy within the movement. That hypocrisy is Ann Coulter.

I am baffled at how Ann Coulter is admired by conservatives. She is not insightful, she is not funny, and she is certainly not helpful. She is not even a good writer. She has become the conservative's albatross.

Back in 2001, Jonah Goldberg said about "her invade-and-Christianize-them column" in National Review:
"The problem with Ann's first column was its sloppiness of expression and thought. Ann didn't fail as a person — as all her critics on the Left say — she failed as WRITER, which for us is almost as bad."
Let's take a look at some of Coulter's comments over the past few years.
  • "liberals are always against America. They are either traitors or idiots..."
  • "I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning."
  • "Press passes can't be that hard to come by if the White House allows that old Arab Helen Thomas to sit within yards of the President."
  • "We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too."
  • "My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building."
  • "Frankly, I'm not a big fan of the First Amendment."
  • "We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' creme brulee."
I could go on and on with offensive Coulter remarks. Why are conservatives aghast when liberal extremists say comparable things but have no problem with Coulter?

I am hoping that Ann Coulter's appearance at CPAC 2006 this weekend will be the event that finally opens the eyes of conservatives. During her mid afternoon speech Coulter said,
"I think our motto should be post-9-11, 'raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'"
Is the American Conservative Union really okay with an invited speaker using the term "raghead"??? What if she had said n*gg*r?? Would that have been ok?

It is time for conservatives to make Ann Coulter persona non grata like they did to David Duke. I am calling on all conservatives to contact the following sponsors of CPAC 2006 to register their displeasure with Coulter's appearance at the event. I would also like to see conservative organizations refuse to book future events with Coulter. It appears that National Review learned their lesson a few years ago; when is everyone else going to figure it out?

Update: Joe Carter at the Evangelical Outpost goes into a bit more detail this morning as to why we need to reject the rhetoric and approach of Coulter.

CPAC 2006 Sponsors
60 Plus
Accuracy in Media, Inc.
Affinity 4
American Conservative Union
American Family Business Institute
American Security Council
American Spectator
Americans for Dr. Rice
Americans for Limited Government
Americans for Prosperity Foundation
Americans for Sovereignty
Americans for Tax Reform
Americans for Technology Leadership
Association of American Physicians & Surgeons
BMW Direct, Inc.
Bruce W. Eberle & Associates, Inc.
Capital Research Center
Christian Voice
Citizens Against Government Waste
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Citizens United
Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute
Club for Growth
College Republican National Committee
Consumer Electronics Corporation
Crown Forum
DCI Group, LLC
Defender's of Property Rights
Dezenhall Resources
Direct Communications Group
Direct Communications Inc.
Drug Policy Alliance
Eagle Forum
European Conservative Union
Fabrizio McLaughlin
Family Research Council
Free Enterprise Action Fund
Free Enterprise Fund
Freedom Alliance
Frontiers of Freedom
Graf for Congress
Heritage Foundation, The
HSP Direct
Human Events
Independent Women's Forum
Institute for Policy Innovation
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Islamic Free Market Institute
Jake McGuire
Jesse Helms Center, The
John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs
John William Pope Foundation, The
Judge Janice Law
Judicial Watch
Leadership Institute
Let Freedom Ring
Marijuana Policy Project
Media Research Center
Muslim Public Affairs Council
National Black Republican Association
National Center for Public Policy Research, The
National Legal and Policy Center
National Restaurant Association
National Rifle Association
National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
National Tax Limitation Committee
National Taxpayers Union
National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, Inc.
Nelson Current (Thomas Nelson Publishers)
New York State Conservative Party
Objectivist Center & Atlas Society, The
O'Leary Report
Radio America
Recording Industry Association of America
Republican National Hispanic Assembly
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
Students for Academic Freedom
Students for Saving Social Security
Tax Foundation
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
TV Watch
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
United for Jobs
United States Justice Foundation
UST Public Affairs
Vernon K. Krieble Foundation
Vision America
Washington Times Weekly
Young America's Foundation

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