Coulter on Chafee: “They shot the wrong Lincoln”

posted at 2:27 pm on August 31, 2006 by Allahpundit

Smart. And on a day when conservatives are knocking the left’s assassination chic. Perfect timing.

I’d accuse her of being a Democratic plant if I thought anyone on their side was bright enough to pull something like that off.

You know, the way Rove has with Kos.

Update: Memo to Ann from Slublog: you don’t want to end up like this.

Update: Ms. Underestimated has video of Coulter’s appearance this afternoon on Neil Cavuto.

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I suppose flame-throwing is her thing but it is just stupid sometimes. For someone so bright she becomes so shrill it affects her message. It isnt amusing, it isnt clever, it is counter productive.

labwrs on August 31, 2006 at 2:36 PM

Oh, Jesus. That’s idiotic, and it isn’t going to get her the tiniest bit of love from the people who have the opportunity to vote for or against him. His legacy alone counts for 40% of the vote as his father was enormously popular and went decades without being indicted for anything, a rare feat in RI. She also slides right by the fact that he was Mayor of Warwick (right next to Cranston, where Laffey is currently Mayor) when he took over his father’s seat.

As much as I’d rather see him win, Laffey would get crushed in the general election. Chaffee is the only hope of keeping a full blown leftist out of that seat, and keep it at least nominally R. Like it not, he’s ideologically aligned with the majority of his constituency, which is ostensibly a good thing.

Do we know if she writes the headline? That one is moronic and likely to backfire.

Hmmm…. Rove?

Pablo on August 31, 2006 at 2:42 PM

I just think it’s getting old.

Enough already. Ooohhh…you’re so shocking…

Slublog on August 31, 2006 at 2:44 PM

ahhh, get over yourselves, it’s called satire. She’s funny and brilliant. Now pick up your panties and move along.

gash on August 31, 2006 at 2:58 PM

Oh look, another post trashing Ann. *yawn*

Cary on August 31, 2006 at 3:01 PM

Oooh! Idol worship!

How cool is that?

Pablo on August 31, 2006 at 3:05 PM

AC aside, Pablo nailed it – this is reality in RI and the Pres. and KR know it:

As much as I’d rather see him win, Laffey would get crushed in the general election. Chaffee is the only hope of keeping a full blown leftist out of that seat, and keep it at least nominally R. Like it not, he’s ideologically aligned with the majority of his constituency, which is ostensibly a good thing.

Entelechy on August 31, 2006 at 3:15 PM

Timing issues aside, I share Ann’s frustration with the GOP adopting a losing strategy of trying to save a guy with an ACU rating of 37 from being replaced with a guy who might vote with the Democratic Senate ACU average of 11. This incrementalism the wrong way has gotten conservatives as far as Bush’s “new tone.” She is venting because Bush isn’t a conservative and we all wish he was.

Valiant on August 31, 2006 at 3:16 PM

Some prefer ‘selective exceptionalism’ only for Mr. Lieberman. For the record I support him all the way.

Mr. Bush is accused by the Left and some on the Right for being rigid. On topic he’s just trying to make the best use of the deck of political cards he has available.

Much as AC or us would like all senators to be conservative (not intended to give the Left heartattacks), reality is that Messrs Schlesinger and Laffey would not win in Conn/RI.

Entelechy on August 31, 2006 at 3:23 PM

I’d accuse her of being a Democratic plant if I thought anyone on their side was bright enough to pull something like that off.

Put in place to galvanize the american left. I would agree, the woman makes my skin crawl.

THeDRiFTeR on August 31, 2006 at 3:30 PM

Does she write her own headlines, or does Townhall? That’s got MKH all over it. ;)

see-dubya on August 31, 2006 at 3:30 PM

It’s the same headline as the one on her blog.

It sure sounds like something she’d say. If it isn’t, she’s been royally sandbagged by someone.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2006 at 3:31 PM

She’s really out of control these days. She’s smart enough to not have to write in such a hyperbolic manner to make her points. I think she’s loosing readership and respect with these antics.

Laddy on August 31, 2006 at 3:37 PM

Damn, this was out yesterday and you’re just now getting to it over here? Getting slow in your old age ….

The headline of the column was definitely inappropriate, but the rest of what she wrote was pretty much on target.

thirteen28 on August 31, 2006 at 3:43 PM

Sounds like a headline Ann would write, but I don’t know if writers at TH write their own headlines or if someone else does.

SisterToldjah on August 31, 2006 at 3:49 PM

ahhh, get over yourselves, it’s called satire. She’s funny and brilliant. Now pick up your panties and move along.

My sentiments exactly. The more AC continues to annoy the Left and refuse to back down from her statements, the more respect I have for her. Quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of the feigned shock and outrage that invariably follows from speech that doesn’t pass the PC sniff-test. While the PC crowd continues to back-door censor free speech and simultaneously profess to be “tolerant,” I will continue to believe that the First Amendment is designed to protect exactly the kind of speech contained in AC’s columns.

Fly_in_Ointment on August 31, 2006 at 4:03 PM

OMG Ann Coulter needs to close her pie hole.

OK, Allah and Slublog, the Marilyn Manson thing is hilarious! it took me a few paragraphs to figure out that it is a spoof. made my day…

off to pick up the rug rats from school…

pullingmyhairout on August 31, 2006 at 4:06 PM

Aaargh. This is not what I meant when I said I wanted Ann to be more attractive. And for the diehards, that is not satire. It is a cheap pun with despicable implications. I can’t very well call Keillor a jerk and then defend that from Ann.

I hear Patterico cackling.

Sigh.

As for the substance, underneath it all Ann is an idealist, not a politico: she wants Bush to endorse the right man for the job no matter what. But unfortunately, if the other guy really can’t win, then the Bush camp would be pushing him even farther away by endorseing his opponent.

Anwyn on August 31, 2006 at 4:36 PM

I saw it and I was stunned
I think she is just trying to push the envelope further but she really needs to take a step back and think

Defector01 on August 31, 2006 at 4:38 PM

Gotta give Ann some props, not only is she driving the left crazy she’s now driving the country club Republicans crazy as well.

Capitalist Infidel on August 31, 2006 at 4:48 PM

It’s the same headline as the one on her blog.

Well, that settles that. She’s smarter than this. She really stepped in it on this one.

Pablo on August 31, 2006 at 4:48 PM

Gotta give Ann some props, not only is she driving the left crazy she’s now driving the country club Republicans crazy as well.

She’s suggesting that it would be nice if a Senator of the United States, who happens to be about as milquetoast a guy as you’ll ever meet, had been shot.

It’s not funny when they do it, and it’s not funny when one of ours does it. This one is over the line, and all for a crappy play on the guy’s name. She should know better.

Pablo on August 31, 2006 at 4:51 PM

It’s just more money in the bank for AC.

Rick on August 31, 2006 at 5:06 PM

Dizzy Dean said “They shot the wrong McKinley” after a bad call by a baseball umpire (named McKinley), back in the 1930s. I assumed the title was just a play on that.

Coulter doesn’t strike me as the baseball type, but what do I know?

Tanya on August 31, 2006 at 5:10 PM

Maybe if she’d been talking about this guy she’d get more sympathy.

NTWR on August 31, 2006 at 5:13 PM

You know, she’s free to say whatever the hell she wants. And we’re free to take her to task for being irresponsible. Words have meaning and consequence in their usage.

It does us no good to holler about the dispicable depiction of Bush being assassinated, and then give Anne a pass. Then we get to be accused of moral relativism, and the real issues get lost in the dust-up.

My panties are fine. She can say anything she fucking wants to. I’m just not interested in being associated with that kind of thinking.

nukemhill on August 31, 2006 at 5:14 PM

Let’s see, now:

- We have a media that publishes fake photos by terrorists, in a pretty obvious attempt to influence public opinion about an actual shooting war,

- We have a left that has made a 6 year career out of the most apalling hyperbole against a sitting President in the midst of a war of sorts, calling him a Nazi, a murderer, a terrorist, and accusing him of staging 9-11 so he could go to Iraq and kill more people,

- We have a Republican congressional majority that has used the distraction to inflate domestic spending to orgy levels, and then circumvent efforts to rein it in,

- And we have an Ivy League educated conservative columnist with a JD and Supreme Court clerk resume who writes sometimes snarky pieces about the people who hate us, never uses profanity of any kind, tours colleges to talk to conservative students, and sells millions of books which invariably serve to enlighten the dark hallways of a culture dominated by leftist propaganda, all with some of the clearest conservative rhetoric spoken anywhere.

And you guys want to whine about Lincoln Chafee? This is incredible; shades of Specter all over again. As she so rightly said: Chaffey is the only one besides Bush who hasn’t figured out that he’s a Democrat. He will soon enough; probably about 5 minutes after re-election, which is far, far from certain.

Why not nominate someone that actually knows what he is talking about, and let him campaign for election? I’m pretty sure the part about shooting Chaffey was a joke of some sort…

Jaibones on August 31, 2006 at 5:16 PM

(Chafee? Chaffey? Chastity? Laffey? Shaklee?)

Jaibones on August 31, 2006 at 5:18 PM

Dizzy Dean said “They shot the wrong McKinley” after a bad call by a baseball umpire (named McKinley), back in the 1930s. I assumed the title was just a play on that.

Coulter doesn’t strike me as the baseball type, but what do I know?

She doesn’t strike me as the gangsta type, either, but she wrote a column a couple months ago, which title, “It’s Hard Out There for a Pump” was a nice play on this year’s Oscar winner for Best Original Song.

I suspect your theory is correct.

Fly_in_Ointment on August 31, 2006 at 5:22 PM

Ann creates interest in her article again. How shocking.

In the Republican primary, Bush supports Lincoln Chafee — who votes with Bush on the important issues less often than Sen. Lieberman does — over the only actual Republican in the race, Stephen Laffey.

After reading that, who appears to be the real democratic plant? :oP

DannoJyd on August 31, 2006 at 5:28 PM

Dizzy Dean said “They shot the wrong McKinley” after a bad call by a baseball umpire (named McKinley), back in the 1930s. I assumed the title was just a play on that.

That makes sense, more sense than the idea that she pulled it out of the air to be extra shocking. Thanks for that, Tanya.

Anwyn on August 31, 2006 at 5:32 PM

Funny thing. Not long ago, Olbermann’s mother was injured at a baseball game when she was hit by a foul ball. I forget who said it exactly, but one of Olby’s ex-colleagues, upon hearing the news, supposedly exclaimed, “They hit the wrong Olbermann.”

No comment.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2006 at 5:36 PM

Not, of course, that there’s anything odd about the idea of Ann being extra shocking. Just makes more sense to me that it is a reference rather than her own phrase, esp. in a headline.

Anwyn on August 31, 2006 at 5:40 PM

Poor Bill McKinley. And, shame on Ann Coulter for simply making a twist on a historical quote by a historical figure. Doesn’t she know that Republicans aren’t suppose to have any sense of history let alone have a sense of humor. Isn’t that right, Allah? ;)

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GT on August 31, 2006 at 5:52 PM

After reading that, who appears to be the real democratic plant

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Maybe he’ll be the 51st Democrat in the Senate.

Would you like that?

Pablo on August 31, 2006 at 6:41 PM

What’s the problem? You buy a Tom Clancey novel and you know what your getting. You open an AC article and you know what you are getting. One does have the option of selecting their choice of material nowadays, in case anyone has missed that.

Chief1942 on August 31, 2006 at 6:41 PM

Your assuming the other side plays fair. They will continue to slam this President, Coultor or no Coultor.
Leave Ann alone.

RobCon on August 31, 2006 at 6:46 PM

Pablo, I’ve gotot to give Whitehouse credit. At least he admits to being a liberal. In the end, would it effect the Senate votes? I doubt it.

DannoJyd on August 31, 2006 at 7:10 PM

Ann used to be witty, and she was able to use her wit to make the left look silly. Her intellect, contrasted with the left’s complete lack of intellect, used to win us major political points.

Now, the average viewer or reader who is exposed to her can be forgiven for thinking that both sides are equally childish. Isn’t that nifty?

“They shot the wrong Lincoln”? This doesn’t even make any sense… who are “they”? Is she not aware that Abraham Lincoln lived 150 years ago? What does one have to do with the other? There is absolutely no value to that headline at all, except to make her look like an idiot.

DaveS on August 31, 2006 at 7:27 PM

Pablo, I’ve gotot to give Whitehouse credit. At least he admits to being a liberal. In the end, would it effect the Senate votes? I doubt it.

To the degree it would, we wouldn’t like it. More important in the big picture is that having that seat go D instead of R puts a tight Senate that much closer to being controlled by the Dems. How many committees would you like to see Ted Kennedy in charge of?

I’d rather have the RINO than a moonbat. And having looked both of them in the eye, I’ll definitely hold my nose and vote Chaffee if it comes down to a choice between them. However, it looks like it might not. I just heard that Laffey is now polling 17 points ahead of Chaffee. Which means we say hello to another Northeast limousine liberal in the Senate.

Isn’t being represented by Patrick Kennedy a high enough price for us to pay?

Pablo on August 31, 2006 at 9:52 PM

Nobody wants a Dem in that seat. The moonbat will vote the same as Chafee, but the committee structure is key…

Wonder what the evil genius thinks of the 51 – 34 Laffey lead in the latest poll? Kind of a Harriet Miers moment for them…

Jaibones on August 31, 2006 at 10:55 PM

Can we at least all agree that they shot the wrong Kennedy?

Perchant on August 31, 2006 at 11:18 PM

Ok. They shot the wrong Kennedy.

I still don’t see a reason to support Kennedy. As I see it, if he wants to be a RINO then let him get his support from fellow RINO’s.

I am a conservative who supports conservatives. If I get stuck with a RINO I’ll just stay home, and let the Senate republicans return to being the LOSERS. It isn’t as if they ever acted like they won anything.

DannoJyd on September 1, 2006 at 12:50 AM

DannoJyd,

I don’t think Mark is a candidate for the firing squad. It ain’t like he drowned anyone. Though it makes me sick hearing the guy trying to out-liberal his opponent.

Perchant on September 1, 2006 at 9:20 AM

Perchant,

Ok. It is either a bit early for me, or I’m befuddled with b-day preparations for my daughters party, but in either case I don’t get your point. Who is Mark? :oD

My point is that I hate being forced to settle. Remember the Gingrich revolution? Now Those were the days! Maybe I’ve been spoiled by actual success, or maybe I don’t subscribe to symbolism over substance, but I definitely will push the conservative cause, and I wish to get others to assist me in pushing our representatives to actually represent us. I believe that we deserve that, and we could get that IF we push hard enough at the right time.

BTW, my friends call me Danno, and it is my nature to be a Junkyard Dog.

DannoJyd on September 1, 2006 at 11:01 AM

My panties are fine. She can say anything she fucking wants to. I’m just not interested in being associated with that kind of thinking.

That’s my main problem with Coulter as well. She calls herself as a Conservative, and tarnishes them by association. Do a Google search for “Malkin and Coulter” or “Coulter and Malkin” for an idea of the collateral damage that Coulter causes.

Mark Jaquith on September 1, 2006 at 11:40 AM

No matter what AC says or writes she can’t possibly do more damage to the Republicans than they have done to themselves the last 6 years. I’m not AC’s biggest fan, I just like to think I am.

repvoter on September 1, 2006 at 11:54 AM

Being from RI let me assure you Chafee needs to be voted out of office. He is a loose cannon and dumber than a box of rocks. He freely admits in 2004 he wrote in George Bush 41 as his vote for President. He voted for bridge to no where, against Judge Alito, for partial berth abortion…

Ann Coulters outrageousness gets the attention needed to expose this RINO as well as other issues as the MSM is not exactly happy to address any problem which may benefit Republicans

Wade on September 1, 2006 at 3:08 PM

Mark Jaquith, I do understand your concern over giving any liberal ammo to tarnish the conservative ideology, but, and I argue this in the hopes of not upsetting you, does it really matter?

Without a thing to call a foul on, liberals continuously create issues that do not exist. Rush Limbaugh, the man credited with starting the conservative media revolution, constantly points out that we cannot be friendly to liberals. The liberal politicians, the liberal media, and liberal ideology cannot ever be friendly to us conservatives, and that is why being nice never pay dividends, so why not give them something to get worked up over instead of spending so much time defending against the lies?

Currently, conservatives are attacked as war loving, baby killing Nazis. Forget that a majority of liberal politicians voted in support of this war, forget that Cigarman started the ball rolling on Iraq, and forget that an overwhelming majority of Americans supported the war. So much for doing what was right, and not playing politics.

The proper conservative response to anyone attempting to tarnish the conservative movement over an Ann Coulter statement is, are you saying that she is wrong that liberals are Godless, that Lincoln is a RINO, or that Hilary should be more concerned by her husbands actions against women than over Ann’s statements? I can think of about 20 more, but the idea is to focus on the facts that Ann exposes. Substance is what keeps conservatives in the lead, not liberal arse kissing.

DannoJyd on September 1, 2006 at 6:42 PM

The liberal politicians, the liberal media, and liberal ideology cannot ever be friendly to us conservatives, and that is why being nice never pay dividends, so why not give them something to get worked up over instead of spending so much time defending against the lies?

I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying: “He who is young and is not a liberal has no heart. He who is old and is not a conservative has no brains.” That (rather accurately) describes how the college-age bra-burning stage that people go through is moderated (probably by their first IRS 1040), and they turn to Conservatism. Portraying conservatives as bigoted hot-headed egomaniacs might dissuade a lot of people from flipping.

I don’t see what is gained by joining the left-wing kooks in their juvenile shock-seeking. I find it rather hard to listen to “substance” on the left or the right when both sides are talking about shooting or poisoning their political enemies. To me, that’s more than a delivery problem. I know what Ann’s driving force is. It was apparent the other night when she was ignored and she stormed off camera. She wants attention. You say that there’s substance underneath, but the search for substance is hard to stomach when, even after she’s already secured the attention of her audience, she continues to thickly coat her monologue with vulgarities, racial and religious slurs, death threats, and other such things that are usually indicative of the disintegration of levelheaded discourse.

Mark Jaquith on September 2, 2006 at 4:08 AM

I love Ann and couldn’t agree with her more. .. just my 2 cents

RobertCSampson on September 2, 2006 at 12:31 PM

She’s suggesting that it would be nice if a Senator of the United States, who happens to be about as milquetoast a guy as you’ll ever meet, had been shot.

It’s not funny when they do it, and it’s not funny when one of ours does it. This one is over the line, and all for a crappy play on the guy’s name. She should know better.

Pablo on August 31, 2006 at 4:51 PM

Um, no she is not. Her article doesn’t have anything to do with shooting anyone. Its about who conservatives should support in an election. The title is inflammatory precisely to get attention but face it, its innocuous. She’s merely pointing out that given a choice between having Pres. Lincoln vs Lincoln Chafee, sadly we get the latter.

RobertCSampson on September 2, 2006 at 12:41 PM

Mark, as usual I do appreciate your point of view. Indeed, I have pushed other conservatives towards maintaining a respectful public appearance as we are judged by our actions/words, but Ann is Ann. She will do as she thinks best to gather attention to what would otherwise be a boring vetting of facts to those who have taught the MSM that, “if it bleeds it leads”.

Portraying conservatives as bigoted hot-headed egomaniacs might dissuade a lot of people from flipping.

IMHO, democrats have been doing that for decades [symbolism], and that is why we must push the issues [substance].

America enlisted Saddam when it suited its interests. I find that embracing Ann is quite a bit less distasteful, but just as useful. ;o)

DannoJyd on September 2, 2006 at 2:42 PM

Face it. Ann just a skinny assed skank.

scooter on September 24, 2007 at 2:37 AM