Ann Coulter is way to extreme for me. She actually hurts the causes of non-liberals (meaning conservatives, libertarians, and shades in between). She uses the same tactics that I so detest in many on the left. Like these lefties, she claims to know the awful motives of her political opponents. She is as intolerant as they come, be it on the left or right. Here is the latest controversy:
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Conservative author Ann Coulter sparked a storm on Wednesday after describing a group of September 11 widows who backed the Democratic Party as millionaire “witches” reveling in their status as celebrities.
“I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much,” Coulter writes in her book “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” published on Tuesday, referring to four women who headed a campaign that resulted in the creation of the September 11 Commission that investigated the hijacked plane attacks.
Coulter wrote that the women were millionaires as a result of compensation settlements and were “reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis.”
To me, she has moved well beyond the limits of respectable political debate. When you start making DailyKos and Atrios look tolerant, you know that something has gone terribly wrong.
Update: Captain Ed comments:
Whether Rall or Coulter says it, impugning the grief felt by 9/11 widows regardless of their politics is nothing short of despicable. It denies them their humanity and disregards the very public and horrific nature of their spouses’ deaths. The attacks motivated a lot of us to become more active in politics in order to make sure our voices contribute to the debate, and it is impossible to argue that the 9/11 widows (and widowers, and children, and parents) have less standing to opine on foreign policy than Ann Coulter or Ted Rall.