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March 04, 2007

Last Words On Ann Coulter

Bryan Preston:

[W]hatís the big headline coming out of CPAC? Is it that Josh Sparling won a much-deserved award? Is it that conservatives remain committed to the war for freedom against terrorism? Is it that this post-blowout CPAC was the largest CPAC ever? Was it that I got to be on a teevee show?

No. The headline coming out of CPAC is that Ann Coulter said an awful thing. Which is what she wants, since itíll keep her profile up and help her sell books. She doesnít care that conservative heroes and leaders and thousands of other less known conservatives who were present will end up getting tarnished by her remarks. She doesnít care that sheís putting the CPAC organizers in a bind, since sheís their biggest draw but also their biggest liability. She probably doesnít care that sheís John Edwardsí spokesmodel. She probably likes the attention. Itís all about Ann. And thatís the problem.

Michelle (Ms. Malkin if you're nasty):

With a single word, Coulter sullied the hard work of hundreds of CPAC participants and exhibitors and tarred the collective reputation of thousands of CPAC attendees. At a reception for college students held by the Young America's Foundation, I lambasted the substitution of stupid slurs for persuasion-- be it "faggot" from a conservative or "gook" from a liberal--and urged the young people there to conduct themselves at all times with dignity in their ideological battles on and off campus.

I made something else explicitly clear: Not all of us treat the communication of conservative ideals and ideas as 24/7 performance art. You can and should use humor to convey your message. You can enlighten and entertain--without becoming a tired old schtick. You can joke without becoming the joke.

And of course all the Republican presidential candidates are forced to weigh in (NYT link).

They could be talking about their biographies, their values, their vision for the future. Instead they're talking about a cable-news clown.

I'm just tired of it.


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