Elizabeth Edwards yesterday called in to Chris Matthew’s show to confront Ann Coulter for her personal attacks on her husband. I am no supporter of John Edwards, there is no way I will vote for him for president. But I am fully on Elizabeth Edward’s side here in taking on Ann Coulter.
Regarding the things that Coulter says and writes, Elizabeth Edwards said:
It debases political dialogue. It drives people away from the process. We can’t have a debate about issues if you’re using this kind of language.
And Ann Coulter hurts the causes of conservatives by her nastiness. She makes conservative positions on issues seem suspect. Her knife-fighting rhetoric may keep her in the news, and help her sell her columns and books, but it hurts the modern conservative movement that took shape under Ronald Reagan.
On this site I often complain of the intolerance of so many on the left. Ann Coulter reminds us that intolerance is no stranger to many on the right either. Her writings constantly question the morality of her political opponents. She talks of them as being so loathsome that she apparently feels justified in saying almost anything about them.
Ann Coulter needs more forceful criticisms from nationally prominent conservatives to try to reduce some of the harm that she does to their goals.
I don’t know why people like Ann Coulter (on the right) and Rosie O’Donnell (on the left) continue to get microphones on the national stage. Are these the best prominent females that Big Media can come up with for debating important national issues? There are much wiser and more tolerant women out there. I wish their voices could be heard instead.