I noticed the other day that our friends over at NoVA Townhall were blogging the Conservative PAC conference, and chuckled in passing at Joe Budzinski’s fawning headline for Ann Coulter’s speech, “An angel alights.”
As it turns out, the Coulter speech was the biggest draw of the conference, and the line that got the biggest response from where Joe was sitting was this one:
I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word â€˜faggot,â€™ so I â€” so kind of an impasse, canâ€™t really talk about Edwards.
That’s right, Ann Coulter called John Edwards a “faggot.” This is what the attendees of this conference found so funny and appealing, and this is what our local promoter of “traditional American values” thinks of as an “angel,” saying “I think you will enjoy this. Turn the volume up.” To their credit, it seems that from some other vantage points the audience was not as receptive.
Does Joe, and for that matter, the rest of this crew, really think that this is an acceptable term in political discourse?
A commenter over there was as shocked as I was, and pointed readers to this response to Coulter’s “little nugget of vileness” on the well known conservative blog Captain’s Quarters:
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 doesnâ€™t require legal protection, but not when we have our front-line activists referring to them as â€œfaggotsâ€ 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.
Joe became inexplicably defensive in response to this comment, calling it a “moronic screed” and “a pack of lies,” as if he thinks no one else has heard Coulter’s speech. It’s all over the internet. Even the national TownHall.com, with which NoVA TownHall is affiliated, has this:
Idiotic. Disgusting. Stupid. Moronic.
I guess you could say that Ann loves to shock us, but at this point, whoâ€™s shocked? She obviously canâ€™t behave well enough to attend a respectable political gathering. Itâ€™s not a lack of intelligence. Itâ€™s an indifference to self-control and a preening sort of narcissism that compels her to need the spotlight, even if itâ€™s unflattering.
(For those of you who donâ€™t know what Iâ€™m talking about, hereâ€™s audio of her calling John Edwards a â€œfaggotâ€ at CPAC today.)
An angel alights. Uh huh.