ABW vs. the Embodiment of White Privilege
All right. The time has come.
I thought about this last year sometime but dropped it because I figured the antagonists wasn’t popular enough anymore. I hadn’t seen her in a while. I thought maybe I should concentrate my efforts on that crazy woman Michelle Malkin.
That was before Ann Coulter clambered back into my view again. Before she dissed Elizabeth Edwards.
So I’m here after my long absence to say that I am revitalizing my long-dormant showdown. That’s right, kids. The Angry Black Woman is taking on Ann Coulter!
For those of you who don’t know what Ann Coulter is, just stop reading now. It’s better you don’t know. Really. She’s a vile, hateful wingnut who is the embodiment of White privilege, White Woman’s Syndrome, and gives women such a bad name I can almost understand misogyny. Not quite, but almost.
She keeps putting out books about how liberals are evil and should be shot (that’s almost not hyperbole, either). Right wingers LOVE her because she’s a complete traitor to her gender. She, like Michelle Malkin, are the type of people conservatives point to and say “But we’re not racist/sexist/batshit crazy. Ann/Michelle is on our side. You’re sexist/racist for disagreeing with her and also for saying bad things about Israel.”
Her latest offense wasn’t actually initiated by her. However, she was on television, so she deserves to be talked about. From Hardblogger:
The wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards called into MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Tuesday to confront Ann Coulter on her personal attacks on her husband and family.
Edwards: I’m calling you … in the South when someone does something that displeases us, we wanna ask them politely to stop doing it. Uh – I’d like to ask Ann Coulter — if she wants to debate on issues, on positions — we certainly disagree with nearly everything she said on your show today — but uh it’s quite another matter for these personal attacks that the things she has said over the years not just about John but about other candidates. It lowers our political dialogue precisely at the time that we need to raise it. So I want to use the opportunity … to ask her politely stop the personal attacks.
Ann hemmed and hawed for several minutes, denying that she had attacked John, then… attacking him…. and then denying again. Then suddenly she remembered that we live in America, and in America we hate it when people tell us to shut the hell up.
Edwards: I’m asking you politely to stop personal attacks.
Coulter: OK, great the wife of a presidential candidate is calling in asking me to stop speaking… You’re asking me to stop speaking, stop writing columns, stop writing your books.
Here’s what I find interesting about this ‘defense’ or accusation or whatever it’s supposed to be. Elizabeth says “stop making personal attacks” and Ann basically responds with “I cannot write anything if I cannot make personal attacks!”
Why am I not surprised?
Edwards: You wrote a column a couple years ago which made fun of the moment of Charlie Dean’s death, and suggested that my husband had a bumper sticker on the back of his car that said ask me about my dead son. This is not legitimate political dialogue.
Coulter: That’s now three years ago —
Edwards: 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.
I love how “But that was so loooong ago!” is supposed to be a valid defense. Ann realizes she can’t win with that tactic, so she branches off another way.
Coulter: Yeah why isn’t John Edwards making this call?
Good save, Ann!
Edwards: I’m making this call as a mother. I’m the mother of that boy who died. My children participate — these young people behind you are the age of my children. You’re asking them to participate in a dialogue that’s based on hatefulness and ugliness instead of on the issues and I don’t think that’s serving them or this country very well.
[Applause from the crowd]
The audience was on Elizabeth’s side. This audience was mere feet away from DragonLadyCoulter. She may have felt unsafe. Thus her weak rebuttal after Elizabeth was no longer on the line:
Coulter: I think we heard all we need to hear. The wife of a presidential candidate is asking me to stop speaking. No.
What a pathetic woman. She’s almost not worth having a war with. Maybe I should leave the poor child alone.
Nah, it’s ON!