Sunday, July 01, 2007

Well Played, Elizabeth Edwards

I've been plenty critical of Elizabeth Edwards here on the blog in earlier posts, but last week she laid into Ann Coutler and I think that act is worth commending.

I'm not sure why Apparently, Coulter's book "Godless" has come out in paper-back, so she was on the media circuit last week.

I wish the media outlets would stop having her on. Having read a fair number of the columns on her web site, and some excerpts from her books, I can attest that she does churn out some very well reasoned arguments for conservatism, but she always throws in some ultra-offensive hate dialog. Then, the media runs with her scandalous remarks, leaving any of the intellectually honest reasoning she may have written utterly ignored, and conservatives looking like the a bunch of hateful jerks.

The hate-bombs she throws probably do help her sell more books, but it clearly harms the cause of conservatism. I wish she'd stop the hateful stuff, or if/while she continues with that, it's my hope that public outrage will keep the media outlets from having her on.

I enjoyed watching Elizabeth Edwards debating Coulter and seeing Coulter not have any legitimate answers but instead try to use logical fallacies to cut around the debate. She looked irrelevant, which is how I hope she continues to look as long as she continues to throw hate-bombs.

Coulter has responded to the whole thing on her website. She does make one compelling point:

Say, did any TV host ever surprise Al Franken, Bill Maher or Arianna Huffington with a call by the wife of someone they've made nasty remarks about? How about a call to John Edwards from the wife of a doctor he bankrupted with his junk-science lawsuits?

I'd equally enjoy liberal-bomb-throwers like Franken and Maher to be put in the "hot seat" like Coulter was. Maybe Hardball can have a regular "embarrass a bomb-thrower" segment. Chris Matthews is a solid liberal so I doubt he'll try to pull such a stunt on Franken or Maher, but it would be nice.

Finally, it's worth pointing out that the Edwards Campaign has not been innocent of hate throwing themselves. As NewsBusters comments:

More importantly, no one seems to be questioning Elizabeth Edwards attacking Coulter for the "language of hate" when the Edwards campaign hired Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan as official bloggers, who attacked "Christofascists," smeared Pope Benedict as a dictator, and mocked the core doctrines of Christianity as excuses for misogyny. Mrs. Edwards was a player in hiring those feminist bloggers and their language of hate. Why is the liberal media ignoring the pot calling the kettle black?

Marcotte and McEwan, who's blogs contained plenty of hate-bombs, are no longer working for the Edwards campaign, but in their leaving Edwards was intentional to not fire them (which would actually show disapproval) but rather simply have them quit. John Edwards's official statement at the time:

The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte's and Melissa McEwan's posts personally offended me. It's not how I talk to people, and it's not how I expect the people who work for me to talk to people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that kind of intolerant language will not be permitted from anyone on my campaign, whether it's intended as satire, humor, or anything else. But I also believe in giving everyone a fair shake. I've talked to Amanda and Melissa; they have both assured me that it was never their intention to malign anyone's faith, and I take them at their word. We're beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can't let it be hijacked. It will take discipline, focus, and courage to build the America we believe in.

Had John Edwards come out with a stronger statement and actually fired the two bloggers for their hateful language, Elisabeth Edwards's current criticism would stand on stronger authority. But, in any event, well done Elizabeth Edwards. Please continue to do more of this kind of thing instead of calling Bush a racist or insulting your neighbors.

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