Video: Ann Coulter gets a little verklempt on Morning Joe Update: ABC debases the political climate

posted at 12:15 pm on June 28, 2007 by Bryan

I have to say, I agree with Ann entirely on this.


I toyed with running a poll here the other day, question: “Who’s the sleaziest candidate for president in 2008?” But the answer is so obvious I didn’t bother. Of all the candidates in the running, only one is such an obvious hypocrite, such a lackluster huckster, and has so little actual rationale for his candidacy. John Edwards was a one-term senator who has built his entire political career on his hair on his accent. He looks purty and sounds Southern but he is an empty suit who has morphed into a limousine liberal with San Francisco values, if he has any values at all beyond ambulance-chasing and channeling dead kids to fool juries. He’s a coward who ran away from Fox News and sent his wife out to defend him, a cynical choice that pit a cancer survivor and sufferer against a woman that so many use to practice their daily Two Minutes Hate (though they stretch that to 24/7). He is everything Ann Coulter accuses him of being, and this spat that the Edwards camp has created with her is almost entirely about the fund-raising. And it’s working. It’s secondarily about casting Coulter as a practicioner of “hate speech,” thereby putting more and more criticism of people like Edwards out of bounds, and that’s probably working too, making the resurrection of the Orwellian “Fairness Doctrine” a little bit more possible with each passing day. So Edwards deserves whatever criticisms Coulter has leveled at him, to include accusing him of using the death of his son to promote his political career. No less a right-wing harridan than Bob Shrum has leveled that exact same accusation at him, but the Edwards camp is ignoring that entirely to focus on one of the nutroots’ favorite monsters. They’re cynical sleazebags. They should have won that poll I would have posted by acclamation.

More: I wrote this post in the midst of some site hiccups, so I didn’t get to say everything that I wanted to say. Edwards has the gall to get out there and trot his wife out there to talk about debasing the political climate, yet his campaign (and probably his wife) hired two of the most foul-mouthed, bigoted bloggers and only let them go once the heat got too intense for him, and even then he didn’t do the manly thing and fire them outright. He let them resign. He’s a weakling and a hypocrite. And, Mrs. Edwards posts at dKos and is known to slum at the DU, sites that are filled with visceral hate on a daily basis. So she’s a hypocrite too. They’re made for each other.

Edwards lives in a ginormous McMansion so large that it probably creates its own weather patterns, yet talks about “the poor” and plays up the “my daddy worked in a mill” schtick like he’s a man of the people. He gives $50,000 speeches to the poor about the poor, meanwhile he gets haircuts that cost as much as the new TV that “the poor” buy at Circuit City, and when criticized about the latter he turns that into a fundraising opportunity. His cynicism is only exceeded by his creepiness.

This guy wants to be president and go toe-to-toe with the likes of Putin and Ahmadinejad, but runs like a schoolgirl from Fox interviews (apologies to schoolgirls everywhere, I might add). There is no rationale for his candidacy beyond the lust for power and because he has nothing better to do.

That, more or less, is what I think of John Edwards and his candidacy for the presidency. Every time he shows up on MSNBC to bash Coulter and raise another pile of cash, he proves me right.

Update:
Yeah, Ann Coulter’s the problem alright. And MSM journalists aren’t biased, not at all. I guess that’s why these two from ABC want to see Ann Coulter in a “skinny death match.” While playing a certain Elton John song for an exit bump.

But back to Edwards, what we see in him is perhaps a first in history: The living incarnation of cynicism. He is 100% cynicism in human form. He makes Bill Clinton look sincere and he makes Dollar Bill Jefferson look ethical. There’s enough cynicism and in rank hypocrisy in John Edwards to shame and embarass Heidi Fleiss.

That is what I think of John Edwards.


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Esthier on June 28, 2007 at 3:34 PM

Wow, ok, we are having that kind of contest ay? Go ahead and whip it out, I’ll grab a ruler….

The Sinner on June 28, 2007 at 3:36 PM

JayHaw Phrenzie:

Uhm… I didn’t call Coulter a moron. I said, “either … or… ”

And finally I said the most likely scenario is that she is just interested in being outrageous, implying that she is neither a moron nor was she unable to understand what Edwards was saying.

I’m sure this means nothing to you, since what you want is a site where there is no room for debate.

israelcsus on June 28, 2007 at 3:38 PM

Hey r2b, ever think that YOU might be the troll?
The Sinner on June 28, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Yeah, you’ll find a lot of support for that thought on this site.
Once again, do a little research before making stupid ignorant statements.

right2bright on June 28, 2007 at 3:41 PM

Wow, ok, we are having that kind of contest ay? Go ahead and whip it out, I’ll grab a ruler….

The Sinner on June 28, 2007 at 3:36 PM

I am so very much not prepared for that type of contest, not being equipped with the necessary parts myself.

But, still, that has nothing to do with what I just said. I wasn’t comparing anything. Your response is coming out of left field.

Esthier on June 28, 2007 at 3:41 PM

I’m sure this means nothing to you, since what you want is a site where there is no room for debate.

israelcsus on June 28, 2007 at 3:38 PM

I’m guessing you’re one of the new people.

Esthier on June 28, 2007 at 3:42 PM

angryoldfatman on June 28, 2007 at 3:34 PM

I like that…very good. Makes his millions on the people he says is ok to kill. Very good smartangryoldfatman.

right2bright on June 28, 2007 at 3:43 PM

right2bright on June 28, 2007 at 3:41 PM

Wait, this is Michelle’s site, correct? And you have the GALL to disagree with her!?!? TROLL! And do you think I really give a shit what your other fellow Coulter apologists/cheerleaders have to say in your defense? You all can keep blowing each other, I’ll keep telling it how it is……

The Sinner on June 28, 2007 at 3:45 PM

I’m sure this means nothing to you, since what you want is a site where there is no room for STUPID debate.

israelcsus on June 28, 2007 at 3:38 PM

Fixed that for ya, you seemed to have left out a word.

right2bright on June 28, 2007 at 3:46 PM

The Sinner on June 28, 2007 at 3:45 PM

Resorting to obscene words are we, a little tantrum? This site normally does not allow profanity, you must be used to posting on those other sites that rely on that language.
Here I will speak your language, apparently we are using works and arguments you don’t quite grasp.

You are a poo poo head.

right2bright on June 28, 2007 at 3:49 PM

Hey r2b, ever think that YOU might be the troll?

um, that was as clever as Edwards is sincere.

Spirit of 1776 on June 28, 2007 at 3:50 PM

israelcsus on June 28, 2007 at 3:38 PM

I think the NUMEROUS people with which I have had heavy, contentious debates on this site (check most religion threads) would dispute that I am afraid of debate.

I was merely pointing out your hypocrisy. The “either, or” is not a valid point. Both of your choices are a personal attack.

So, i stand by my opinion, that you are a typical left wing hypocrite. *Yawn*

JayHaw Phrenzie on June 28, 2007 at 3:50 PM

jeffNWV on June 28, 2007 at 1:57 PM

What a great story. I think the best part of the article was when the “Breck girl” once again deferred questions about the issue to his wife.

Efforts to reach Elizabeth Edwards on Tuesday failed. John Edwards, asked about Johnson while catching a flight for New York on Tuesday night, said, “You’ll have to ask Elizabeth about him.”

AZ_Mike on June 28, 2007 at 3:50 PM

You all can keep bXXXXg each other

The Sinner on June 28, 2007 at 3:45 PM

*Counts the minutes until someone is banned*

JayHaw Phrenzie on June 28, 2007 at 3:51 PM

JayHaw Phrenzie on June 28, 2007 at 3:51 PM

Like shooting fish in a barrel.

right2bright on June 28, 2007 at 3:54 PM

Sinner- you too are a moron, it’s not like anyone has to defend the obvious, Mrs. Pony is a disingenuous, opportunist, who is using Coulter to raise money for her ambulance chasing POS “husband”.

bmac on June 28, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Just a thought here. I pray that Silky continues to con folk out of their hard earned cash for his campaign. Unless he buys it, there’s no way he can win the primary, much less the general election. So, that’s money not going to the HilBilly or the messiah’s campaigns

Catseye on June 28, 2007 at 3:58 PM

For some reason, Coulter’s breaking up reminded me of Andrew Dice Clay starting to cry on the Arsenio Hall show from all the criticism he had taken at that time.

asc85 on June 28, 2007 at 3:58 PM

…and I believe, Coulter went to Cornell, so I don’t understand the Smith College reference.

asc85 on June 28, 2007 at 3:59 PM

Putin puts a call into President Edwards and complains that we are to agressive in the Middle East.

Edwards wife call Putin the next day and complains that he is to mean to John, and for him to stop talking about him. Putin is using scare tactics and using personal statements about John being a Jew lover…”Just keep your thoughts to yourself” said John’s wifey.
Putin resigned in disgrace and apologized to America for his insensitive remarks.

right2bright on June 28, 2007 at 4:01 PM

I think the attempts to intimidate and ultimately ban free expression on the Right are getting a bit scary, and I think most of us are underestimating how serious this movement is, and how largely successful each new round has been. The things Ann Coulter says could only be considered “over the line” or even controversial in a climate of fear.

Halley on June 28, 2007 at 4:05 PM

israelcsus:

EE: I’m making this call as a mother….

Translation: I’m making this call from my cross, you unpatriotic child molester, to chastise you for not sticking to the issues.

JM Hanes on June 28, 2007 at 4:11 PM

Like my dad used to say: “You’re swatting at flies, while an elephant is charging.” The enemy of this country isn’t an oddball, Socialist … who has no chance of being the President. The enemy is a rich, Marxist … who does – Hillary Clinton. While all that was said about Silky Pony is dead-on; The fact remains that a Marxist storm is gathering … and, if she wins, she will be an utter disaster to this country. Remember that charging elephant.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 28, 2007 at 4:12 PM

Yeah, lay off Ann, you’re making her tired.

Seriously Ms. Coulter, we all know you have 5, count ‘em FIVE, NYT best sellers. We know you get called unfair words like Nazi and Mann Coulter (that one is a little funny) but please don’t pretend you don’t love the attention. In fairness I do agree the Hardball thing was underhanded, but suck it up. You’re a tough chick.
Besides, what would the left do without her?

SouthernDem on June 28, 2007 at 4:18 PM

SouthernDem on June 28, 2007 at 4:18 PM

I don’t think she was complaining about the attention. She was complaining about the questions, which let’s face it, ARE boring at this point.

Isn’t there anything better they could ask her?

The things Ann Coulter says could only be considered “over the line” or even controversial in a climate of fear.

Halley on June 28, 2007 at 4:05 PM

Do you really have to go to such extremes? Some people find the things she’s said to be offensive. There’s nothing wrong with having that opinion. This is a free country still.

So long as they’re not preventing her from saying what she wants, they’re not doing anything wrong.

Esthier on June 28, 2007 at 4:26 PM

Wow. Wow. Great rant Bryan.

BadgerHawk on June 28, 2007 at 4:49 PM

It’s getting a little tiresome.

We never get tired of YOU though St. Ann. Go girl.

Mojave Mark on June 28, 2007 at 5:07 PM

First of all awesome job Bryan. Standing Ovation.

I have never heard AC this mad before. She usually just laughs the BS off and says something else. But Silky can do that to someone. I tried to watch the interview on Softball last night. And my stomach actually started to hurt. And if I keep watching these unbiased clips I’m gonna say something that gets me booted.

PowWow on June 28, 2007 at 5:21 PM

She says what she means and means what she says, no nuance and raw to the core.
How can you not dig this chick?

Dirk Sodsnot on June 28, 2007 at 5:25 PM

Kudos Bryan

MM-I second the motion, I-Phone for Bryan

ScottyDog on June 28, 2007 at 5:25 PM

Liberals hate her because they have no one on their side with such conviction and willingness to take on anyone at anytime. Ann is a conservative treasure.

wryteacher on June 28, 2007 at 5:31 PM

Amen Bryan. Nice job.

RobertCSampson on June 28, 2007 at 5:34 PM

chat.anncoulter.com has Ann’s new column up. It’s a good one.

JannyMae on June 28, 2007 at 5:37 PM

Ann Coulter: Doing the job conservative men won’t do.

Well, ain’t that the truth! I’d give my eye/teeth to see some of those Senators stand up and fight back like Annie. I admire her style and intelligence….
Oh, if I were a Lesbo. hummmmm.
But, I’m not.

BTW, I will write out the word “Faggot”, not shorten it with “F—-t”. It is what it is and if the shoe fits, that’s what you are Mr. “I’m so pretty, Oh so pretty!
PC crap don’t cut it with me!

SouthernPride on June 28, 2007 at 5:37 PM

EE: I’m making this call as a mother. I’m the mother of that boy who died…
israelcsus on June 28, 2007 at 3:01 PM

This was far more despicable than anything Ann Coulter has ever said. Ann is extremely professional, she talks politics and analysis – everything she says in interviews is carefully crafted to illustrate a fundamental political point, archly or humorously. She stays on focus, and sticks to the subject. Mrs. Edwards talks exploitatively. Shame.
Ann hit the bullseye when she loosed the arrow of “infallibility politics.” That’s why there were screams from the Left – it was true, and the Left did not want their little game exposed.

naliaka on June 28, 2007 at 5:44 PM

Ann is a paragon of civility compared to some of the newbies on this thread.

Rose on June 28, 2007 at 7:15 PM

I buy AC books, even if I already read them, just to pass out to my friends, if for no other reason than to spite liberals.

MalkinFan on June 28, 2007 at 8:04 PM

Well said, Bryan.

p40tiger on June 28, 2007 at 8:36 PM

Well said, Bryan.

p40tiger on June 28, 2007 at 8:36 PM

Indeed. And I think most of us possess sufficiently long attention spans to handle a “wall of text”, especially one that mercilessly skewers a contemptibe swine (my apologies to swine) like John Edwards. Give the Breck Girl credit, though–he knows his constituents, because the only people dumb enough not to see through his little fundraising scam are the ones who would support him.

Ann, on the other hand, is great–she speaks the truth unapologetically, often with a twisted sense of humor, and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Naturally that drives liberals absolutely batsh*t crazy–or even more batsh*t crazy, I should say. So they project the hate that they’re filled with onto her. And, as this whole Edwards farce demonstrates, there’s no limit to the amount of lies, distortions, and rank hypocrisy that they’ll resort to in order to attack her. But then they’re liberals–hate, lies, distortions, and rank hypocrisy is all they have.

ReubenJCogburn on June 28, 2007 at 9:10 PM

Ok, Bryan. Don’t talk in this secret language. Do you like Johnny E or not? It is a simple question, and you have made it so difficult to figure out whether you like him or not. ;-)

Johnny E is an empty suit, plain and simple. His ‘Two Americas’ shtick is so laughable, especially given his penchant for showing everyone how little he REALLY has in common with all the ‘Joe six pack’s out there. Did you happen to hear about his wife’s comments about their neighbor in Orange County, NC? The neighbor, a conservative (or at least a Republican), posted a Giuliani sign facing the Edwards property. Elizabeth Edwards went on and on about how the neighbor was ‘scary’ and how he ‘doesn’t keep up his property’ to her high standards. These are the kind of @$$holes who buy property out in the stix and then proceed to gripe all day long about the neighbors who have lived there for years. The last I heard, the Edwards’ neighbor said how he would probably sell the property because he wouldn’t be able to afford the major bump in the property tax due to Edwards’ McMonstrosity. Two Americas, indeed.

http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=3848

Abu Daboo Doo on June 28, 2007 at 9:20 PM

But then they’re liberals–hate, lies, distortions, and rank hypocrisy is all they have.

You forgot expensive haircuts, ReubenJCogburn.

Abu Daboo Doo on June 28, 2007 at 9:23 PM

You forgot expensive haircuts, ReubenJCogburn.

Abu Daboo Doo on June 28, 2007 at 9:23 PM

Sorry, my bad. Let’s make that: “But then they’re liberals–hate, lies, distortions, rank hypocrisy, and expensive haircuts is all they have.”

ReubenJCogburn on June 28, 2007 at 9:43 PM

Fred might advise Ann “Ya know if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen”. She makes a nice living doing what she does.

Bradky on June 28, 2007 at 9:54 PM

The Sinner on June 28, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Nice. Don’t let the door smack you on the way out.
Definitely some housecleaning coming soon. Everybody prepare to duck while AP wields that hammer.

Freelancer on June 28, 2007 at 10:39 PM

The Edwards’ did exactly what Ann wrote about in her last book. They trotted Mrs Edwards out there with her Victim Shield Status, to confront Ann……

LakeRuins on June 28, 2007 at 12:31 PM

LakeRuins, that’s EXACTLY what I was thinking. Now I guess the Edwardes are the newest “harpies.” And boy oh boy, are they good at it!

MsUnderestimated on June 28, 2007 at 11:16 PM

Yeah Bryan don’t hold back tell us how you feel about Silky!

I think with Ann it’s not necessarily the message. It’s the packaging which in the message is delivered . Got to remember liberals don’t comprehend dark satire. Her snobby speak and flipping of the hair is too selfish to release the important message she is trying to reveal. It really hurts to see a waisted intellect to self importance.

Drtuddle on June 28, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Ann is the heavy weight that balances the political see saw.

She is brilliant.

csdeven on June 28, 2007 at 11:24 PM

She’s a Lady.
Whoa whoa whoa she’s a Lady.
Talking about the little Lady.
And the Lady is-a mine.

VolMagic on June 28, 2007 at 11:24 PM

Got to remember liberals don’t comprehend dark satire. Her snobby speak and flipping of the hair is too selfish to release the important message she is trying to reveal. It really hurts to see a waisted intellect to self importance.

Drtuddle on June 28, 2007 at 11:21 PM

With all due respect, can you rephrase that? Don’t know whether to sneer or cheer.

naliaka on June 28, 2007 at 11:27 PM

Got to remember liberals don’t comprehend dark satire. Her snobby speak and flipping of the hair is too selfish to release the important message she is trying to reveal. It really hurts to see a waisted intellect to self importance.

Drtuddle on June 28, 2007 at 11:21 PM

And moderates who lean closer to center don’t appreciate many of the innuendos she throws out. IF she were a party loyalist she wouldn’t do this in order to help the party. The fact that she does do it says volumes about priorities.
Could say the same about Michael Moore or Al Franken. They just target a different market segment.

Bradky on June 28, 2007 at 11:33 PM

Bravo, Bryan! Now that’s a vent.

p.v. cornelius on June 29, 2007 at 4:36 AM

IF she were a party loyalist she wouldn’t do this in order to help the party.

Bradky on June 28, 2007 at 11:33 PM

But you see, she never claimed to be a party loyalist. As far as I can tell, her loyalty is to truth. Her medium includes hyperbole and non-PC humor. Since anyone who has been aware of her for more than a month is not surprised about this, to my thinking there is no use in acting surprised, or in demanding that she stop.

Very few people out there who claim to have an audience do a better job at pointing out the stupidity, deceit, and anti-Americanism of the left. If she were a man with a late-night talk show on TV, we’d call her Letterman, but that would be an insult to her intellect.

Find one word of hate in her column today. It’s exactly like Bryan’s post here.

Freelancer on June 29, 2007 at 12:12 PM

I don’t always agree with Ann just as I don’t always agree with any one of my favorite conservative talk show hosts or writers but I side with her the majority of the time.
I did defend her last time with the comment about silky pony; everyone is just a little too pc-serious nowadays. Her jokes are sometimes heavy-handed but that’s her style.
I like her latest book even more than her previous one, it’s worth the price.
Oh yes, I do wish she would gain some weight, i don’t want her disappearing into thin air. ;-)

Christine on June 29, 2007 at 1:07 PM

I forgot to say, that if she was soft-spoken without barbs no one would pay any attention to her. I do love how she can stir the lefties into a thick lather.
Everything i heard her say in the clip was spot-on.

Christine on June 29, 2007 at 1:10 PM

FYI,

The correct spelling is “verklemmt”.

I know this thanks to DLIFLC at the POM and your tax dollars.

Thank you and have a nice day!

Lance on June 29, 2007 at 2:11 PM

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