Ann Coulter is speaking at the moment, and drawing a huge crowd — with longer lines than those for the Rudy Giuliani. She’s definitely one of the stars here at CPAC, and I listened to the audio stream for a bit while she opened her speech. I had to take a phone call, though, and I missed a critical, and infuriating, throw-away line. Michelle Malkin reports (from two chairs down):
“I’d say something about John Edwards, but if you use the word ‘faggot’, you have to go to rehab.”
Yeah, that’s just what CPAC needs — an association with homophobia. Nice work, Ann.
At some point, Republicans will need to get over their issues with homosexuality. Regardless of whether one believes it to be a choice or a hardwired response, it has little impact on anyone but the gay or lesbian person. We can argue that homosexuality doesn’t require legal protection, but not when we have our front-line activists referring to them as “faggots” or worse. That indicates a disturbing level of animosity rather than a true desire to allow people the same rights and protections regardless of their lifestyles.
Captain Ed has it exactly right. Commenters are mixed in their responses. Audio is available at the American Mind.
Ann Coulter just finished her riff on Al Gore, tossed out some cute jokes (“You can understand why Hollywood is concerned about global warming. You know what heat does to plastic.”), and ended with a cheap one-liner about John Edwards being a “faggot.” (Paraphrasing) She said she would refrain from commenting on Edwards because “if you say faggot, you have to go to rehab.”
A smattering of laughter.
Not from this corner.