One newspaper has pulled her column and she’s lost some ads from her website, but here’s an open letter from right wing bloggers about Ann Coulter’s comments about John Edwards last weekend.
I’d really like to see Matt Cunningham add his name to this list.
We engage our friends on the right in a debate of ideas.Ã‚Â While neither side can sway completely to another point of view, there has to be a place of compromise in the middle where points of view are respected an agreeable compromise can be achieved and we can all move forward.Ã‚Â This letter from conservative bloggers is a step in the right direction.
An Open Letter to CPAC Sponsors and Organizers Regarding Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter used to serve the movement well. She was telegenic, intelligent, and witty. She was also fearless: saying provocative things to inspire deeper thought and cutting through the haze of competing information has its uses. But CoulterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fearlessness has become an addiction to shock value. She draws attention to herself, rather than placing the spotlight on conservative ideas.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2006, Coulter referred to Iranians as Ã¢â‚¬Å“ragheads.Ã¢â‚¬Â She is one of the most prominent women in the conservative movement; for her to employ such reckless language reinforces the stereotype that conservatives are racists.
At CPAC 2007 Coulter decided to turn up the volume by referring to John Edwards, a former U.S. Senator and current Presidential candidate, as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“faggot.Ã¢â‚¬Â Such offensive languageÃ¢â‚¬â€œand the cavalier attitude that lies behind itÃ¢â‚¬â€œis intolerable to us. It may be tolerated on liberal websites but not at the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s premier conservative gathering.
The legendary conservative thinker Richard Weaver wrote a book entitled Ideas Have Consequences. Rush Limbaugh has said again and again that Ã¢â‚¬Å“words mean things.Ã¢â‚¬Â Both phrases apply to CoulterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s awful remarks.
CoulterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vicious word choice tells the world she care little about the feelings of a large group that often feels marginalized and despised. Her word choice forces conservatives to waste time defending themselves against charges of homophobia rather than advancing conservative ideas.
Within a day of CoulterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remark John Edwards sent out a fundraising email that used CoulterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s words to raise money for his faltering campaign. She is helping those she claims to oppose. How does that advance any of the causes we hold dear?
Denouncing Coulter is not enough. After her Ã¢â‚¬Å“ragheadÃ¢â‚¬Â remark in 2006 she took some heat. Yet she did not grow and learn. We should have been more forceful. This year she used a gay slur. What is next? If Senator Barack Obama is the de facto Democratic Presidential nominee next year will Coulter feel free to use a racial slur? How does that help conservatism?
One of the points of CPAC is the opportunity it gives college students to meet other young conservatives and learn from our leaders. Unlike on their campusesÃ¢â‚¬â€where they often feel aloneÃ¢â‚¬â€at CPAC they know they are part of a vibrant political movement. What example is set when one highlight of the conference is finding out what shocking phrase will emerge from Ann CoulterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mouth? How can we teach young conservatives to fight for their principles with civility and respect when Ann Coulter is allowed to address the conference? CoulterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s invective is a sign of weak thinking and unprincipled politicking.
CPAC sponsors, the Age of Ann has passed. We, the undersigned, request that CPAC speaking invitations no longer be extended to Ann Coulter. Her words and attitude simply do too much damage.
- Credentialed CPAC 2007 BloggersÃ‚Â
Sean Hackbarth, The American Mind
James Joyner, Outside the Beltway
BoiFromTroy, Boi From Troy
Joy McCann, Little Miss Attila
Kevin McCullough, Musclehead Revolution
Fausta Werz, FaustaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Blog
Patrick Hynes, Ankle Biting Pundits
Ed Morrissey, CaptainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Quarters
Jane Stewart, See Jane Mom
Alexander Brunk, Save the GOP
Ace, Ace of Spades HQ
Other Right-of-Center Bloggers
Owen Robinson, Boots and Sabres
N.Z. Bear, The Truth Laid Bear
Michael Demmons, Gay Orbit
Mark Coffey, Decision Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ08
Russell Newquist, The PhilosopherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Stone
Marshall Manson, On Tap
Rob Port, Say Anything
Matthew Johnston, Going to the Mat
Timmer, The Daily Brief
Rick Moran, Right Wing Nuthouse
Dustin Gawrylow, Free Republicans
Dan, North Dallas Thirty
Brennan Monaco, The American Pundit
Nate Nelson, Reality Mugged Me
Christopher Fotos, PostWatch
Joe Carter, Evangelical Outpost
Amy Ridenour, National Center Blog
Soren Dayton, EyeOn08
John Tabin, JohnTabin.com
Peter DiGaudio, Texas Hold Ã¢â‚¬ËœEm Blogger
Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit