Video: Coulter, Sharpton square off over Reid remarks

posted at 8:48 am on January 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Jim Hoft says that Ann Coulter ate Al Sharpton’s lunch in this clip, but Sharpton keeps fighting all the way to the end of this conversation … where Coulter’s last zinger pretty much stuns Sharpton into a silent scowl.  Sharpton keeps asking which Republican the Democrats have gone after for latent racism — and while Coulter misses the chance to say it, an entire nation of Tea Party activists certainly were clearing their throats:

He can’t be serious in arguing that the only Republican or conservative demagogued as a racist in the past ten years has been Trent Lott, can he?  That attack is Sharpton’s stock in trade.  He’d be unemployed without it.

Meanwhile, Tucker Carlson launches his new website, The Daily Caller, with this report on Reid’s chances — as seen by Democrats on Capitol Hill:

The first signs of abandonment from within Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s own party emerged Sunday, as some Democrats said his racially charged comments about President Obama have placed his already perilous reelection prospects on the precipice.

“He’s in deep trouble, I think,” said one senior aide to a member of the House Democratic leadership. “Even with the apology, no matter what it’s a negative thing. There are a lot of minorities that vote [in Nevada].”

Asked whether lawmakers who are next in line to be majority leader – such as Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, or Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois – would begin to target Reid, the senior Democrat said there would be no point.

“Why throw more gas on the fire when he appears to be going down anyway?” the aide said.

Another senior House Democratic leadership aide described his reaction when he learned of Reid’s comments: “My jaw dropped.”

I doubt that Coulter’s prediction will have a chance to come true.  At some point, Reid will take the advice of Markos Moulitsas and clear the field for another Democrat to attempt to hold the seat.  However, Nevada is not Connecticut.  Another Democrat won’t get front-runner status simply by showing up.  Nevadans are more conservative and aren’t likely to take a test drive with a new Democrat, not after two years of the radical Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda.


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Vntnrse on January 11, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Congratulations on the best Freudian slip ever!
A “misogynist” hates women, but a “mysogenist” would be someone who creates filth. :-)

Mary in LA on January 11, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Sharpton is just a joke. He would have us believe the more serious issue was comparing Reid’s statements to Lott’s, rather than address the seriousness of a so called champion of Blacks stabbing them in the back with these racial slurs. It’s not only racial, it’s deceitful.

By the way, how did Clinton’s comment about “it wasn’t so long ago he’d be bringing us coffee” escape the fray?

I think it best to keep piling on Reid every chance. As always, people will forget why he’s a hole and just remember he is one.

dewillto on January 11, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Eleanor Holmes Norton today threatened those (GOP lawmakers) who planned on questioning Harry Reid’s actions with retaliation by being shunned by the black community.

Sean Hannity just said the NAACP is going to rate each lawmaker and plans on sending a message by giving lawmakers who ignore the threats a low rating, thus throwing the race card on the organizational and institutional level. No way can the GOP let this go.

Fancy Nancy Peloser cannot stand Harry Reid and I think we should go out and buy popcorm.

Philly on January 11, 2010 at 3:22 PM

“Why throw more gas on the fire when he appears to be going down anyway?” the aide said.

Insurance.

BobMbx on January 11, 2010 at 3:50 PM

In May 2007, the rev-rend al Sharpton said, (among other slurs about Mitt Romney & Mormons) “What is bigoted about asking . . . about a denomination based on racism?” Well, rev-rend al Sharpton, Harry Reid is a Mormon also, and according to your viewpoint – Harry Reid & all Mormons are Raaaaacists!

Dem hypocrisy – there’s nothing new under the sun!

bmac727 on January 11, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I’m confused: Does Harry Reid own Al Sharpton, or is it the other way around? It’s getting harder to sort out these butt buddies.

Cybergeezer on January 11, 2010 at 4:40 PM

–Allen called an Indian-looking guy who worked for his opponent in a crowd near the Kentucky border a “macca”, which–appart for being a really unuaual word–is a racial slur against asians and then said he had no idea what the word meant. Why would Allen use a unusual word and then say he didn’t know what it meant? That seems to be much closer to calling someone a “N***er”.

Jimbo3 on January 11, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Never listened to what he actually said did you? Here it is It’s obvious from the clip that he thought it was really his name or a nickname. He didn’t know it was a slur. OBTW my daughter in law is an Asian and she would have no idea what macacca meant. Asia is pretty large and comprised of lots of different people speaking many languages.

Oldnuke on January 11, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Never listened to what he actually said did you? Here it is It’s obvious from the clip that he thought it was really his name or a nickname. He didn’t know it was a slur. OBTW my daughter in law is an Asian and she would have no idea what macacca meant. Asia is pretty large and comprised of lots of different people speaking many languages.

Oldnuke on January 11, 2010 at 5:14 PM

–Then why didn’t Allen later say he thought it was the guy’s name?

Jimbo3 on January 11, 2010 at 5:22 PM

–Then why didn’t Allen later say he thought it was the guy’s name?

Jimbo3 on January 11, 2010 at 5:22 PM>

He did, it wasn’t covered in the media. A staffer had identified the guy to him and said that he thought he was called that by his own companions.

Oldnuke on January 11, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Jimbo3 on January 11, 2010 at 5:22 PM

I don’t know what Allen was thinking, but I have to give him the benefit of the doubt, because no one could be that stupid and win office of dog catcher. Now, while some might point to what Reid said and say it is proof that someone is that stupid, it isn’t the same. If Allen actually knew what the word was, and still used it, in a public forum, with his opponents people there, it would be the equivalent of Reid having called Obama the N word. Even Reid isn’t that stupid, and I don’t believe Allen is either.

Regardless, it resulted in Allen’s campaign being destroyed, which goes to Sharpton’s argument of who else they have destroyed other than Lott, so I still say Allen applies.

pannw on January 11, 2010 at 5:41 PM

He did, it wasn’t covered in the media. A staffer had identified the guy to him and said that he thought he was called that by his own companions.

Oldnuke on January 11, 2010 at 5:36 PM

–I dunno, Oldnuke. It looks like he is claiming that his staff just made up a weird name to me, which wasn’t very close to macacca (this is from The Washington Post):

“Reached Monday evening, Allen said that the word had no derogatory meaning for him and that he was sorry. “I would never want to demean him as an individual. I do apologize if he’s offended by that. That was no way the point.”

Asked what macaca means, Allen said: “I don’t know what it means.” He said the word sounds similar to “mohawk,” a term that his campaign staff had nicknamed Sidarth because of his haircut. Sidarth said his hairstyle is a mullet — tight on top, long in the back.

Allen said that by the comment welcoming him to America, he meant: “Just to the real world. Get outside the Beltway and get to the real world.”

But the apology, which came hours after Allen’s campaign manager dismissed the issue with an expletive and insisted the senator has “nothing to apologize for,” did little to mollify Webb’s campaign or Sidarth, who said he suspects Allen singled him out because his was the only nonwhite face among about 100 Republican supporters.

Jimbo3 on January 11, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Regardless, it resulted in Allen’s campaign being destroyed, which goes to Sharpton’s argument of who else they have destroyed other than Lott, so I still say Allen applies.

pannw on January 11, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Absolutely correct, damaged by the media coverage of the event. No reasonably intelligent person could actually listen to the audio and come away with the idea that Allen was making a racial slur. It’s just not there. I used the word damaged there because he certainly hasn’t been destroyed here in Virginia.

Oldnuke on January 11, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Jimbo3 on January 11, 2010 at 5:49 PM

I find it absolutely beyond the boundaries of belief that George Allen was even casually aware of an obscure African colloquialism which was, up until that time, almost completely unknown in the United States. The video makes that even more evident. I don’t really need him to make an excuse and tell me he didn’t know what it meant. I didn’t know what it meant and I doubt that you did either.

Oldnuke on January 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Good editing–I didn’t have to skip over the Spitter walking all over his guests.

DDT on January 11, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Sharpton is just bitter cause under both of Harry Reid’s standards, he does not qualify to be President.

BigAlSouth on January 11, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Sharpton is just bitter cause under both of Harry Reid’s standards, he does not qualify to be President.

BigAlSouth on January 11, 2010 at 7:20 PM

5 STARS!!!

Roy Rogers on January 11, 2010 at 7:24 PM

WHAT should be noted by people is there appears to be a double standard in that only others of different parties are heckled for ‘racist’ comments, and ALSO it is ridiculous to say that democrats are the only ones on the right side of the issues, e.g. civil rights.. is that somehow not demeaning to any colored person who chooses to think for themselves and not fall in line behind the democratic party?

I’m personally tired of the politicians saying that republicans just want to keep others down, puhleaze! There are bad apples in both parties..

berrypeachy on January 11, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Why is anyone surprised by a Democrat making a blatantly racist comment? They are all racists in my view. They all support using the law to treat people differently based on race. They are the party of Jim Crowe, the party of segregation, the party of Slavery, and the party of the KKK(the militant arm of the Democratic party, presently being supplanted by ACORN and the new black panthers) – that is the legacy of the Democratic party.
As to comparing Reid to Trent Lott, let’s keep in mind that Trent Lott was a life long Democrat who changed parties and, supposedly, became a Republican. I say ‘supposedly’ because of the Senate committee ‘power sharing’ with Demoncrats that he enacted while Majority Leader. So, I don’t find it particularly surprising that Lott would make comments that might be perceived as racist. Who knows, maybe we should ask Senator Robert ‘the cleagle’ Byrd if this is racist?
The Democrats view all Americans who happen to be black as a monolithic group of imbeciles that require their largesse for survival. Americans who happen to be black should realize that they, in the Democratic leadership’s collective mind, live on a new plantation – and guess who is the Master? And you don’t challenge the Master, do you? Just keep your heads down and avoid his eyes. Hell, why not make it easy on yourself and avoid your own eyes in the mirror while you’re at it.

omb on January 11, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Ann:

“I think, despite Mr. Reid apologizing to all African-Americans — light-skinned, medium-skinned, dark-skinned…”

… thick-skinned, thin-skinned …

“– I still think he will lose.”

RD on January 11, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Test

RD on January 11, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Dammit: you made me sit through that racist Geraldo to get to the good stuff.

Dammit!

HAnthonyWayne on January 11, 2010 at 10:36 PM

You guys need to lay off Al. Al is my favourite Negro on Fox! LOL!!!

–J

saltyrover on January 11, 2010 at 11:51 PM

What’s going on here is preparation for a future Democrat candidate. After all, if Americans will only elect a black man with “light skin” and “without a negro dialect”, how does that help Al Sharpton?

Now, when presented with a choice, we will have to vote for a darker skinned man with a preference for ebonics, or suffer the eternal shame of confirmed racism.

applebutter on January 12, 2010 at 9:12 AM

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