Saturday, March 10, 2007

In Defense of Ann Coulter

Ms. Coulter, asked for a reaction to the Republican criticism, said in an e-mail message: “C’mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean.”

One of the things that bothers me about Republicans is that sometimes they are such wimps or as Schwarzenegger would say "Girlie-men". When Democrats do or say something that brings about some heat in the Drive By Media (granted it isn't very often that the MSM generates any bad press for Democrats no matter what the situation, but...) fellow liberals and Democrats remain loyal to a fault. What do Republicans do? They throw their fellow conservatives and/or Republicans over board the second they get some bad press.

Republicans would be wise to follow Reagan's example in how he handled the "Bill Bennett situation". One of my favorite Reagan stories is how he handled Bill Bennett getting trashed by the Drive By Media his first 3 weeks in office. He quoted some of the headlines about Bennett, "'BENNETT, A DUNCE IN THE CLASSROOM,' 'BENNETT, THE JAMES WATT OF THE SECOND TERM,' 'BENNETT MUST BE FIRED.'" Did he ask Bennett to tone it down? Did he ask Bennett to make nice with the Drive By Media? No, instead he said this, "'Now, that's Bill Bennett's first three weeks in office. What's wrong with the rest of you?'"

Two qualities that I esteem very highly are honesty and the ability to be real. In today's culture of political correctness it is hard to come by people like this. This sums up a huge part of the reason I love Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Dennis Miller and Rudy Giuliani. You may disagree with them and they have their flaws but they are real and genuine. That is often times hard to come by in this world.

As for Ann Coulter's recent comments, would I have said what she said? No, but I'm not going to criticize her for saying it. It doesn't mean she could say absolutely anything and I would be okay with it but she's allowed to break the PC mold without complaint from me.

I knew the context of what happened with the Grey's Anatomy incident. It was ridiculous how someone had to go to rehab because he had used a derogative term for someone. Thats part of what Ann was poking fun at, the ridiculousness of Hollywood sending someone to rehab for anything and everything. She wasn't calling Edwards gay she was calling him a wuss and threw in a non-politically correct joke for fun.

So it bothers me when I see fellow conservatives and Republicans piling on and joining the Democrats in their attacks on her. Michelle Malkin was one of the most vocal and she should know what its like to be unfairly attacked by the left, so I was disappointed.

There are newspapers dumping her, she has been viciously attacked by the Drive By Media and some conservatives are piling on but I won't. She deserves our support and loyalty for all the good she has done for the conservative cause.

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News Buckit
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