I really do hate to give Ann Coulter's new book any play, but I can't help but comment on her recent hate-mongering diatribe.
In her latest book (Godless: The Church of Liberalism), Coulter takes aim at some 9/11 widows (specifically the "Jersey Girls") who lobbied for the creation of the 9/11 Commission and have criticized the Bush Administration's actions before and in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
She accuses the widows of acting as though 9/11 "only happened to them" and writes "I've never seen people enjoying their husband's deaths so much." She also refers to them as the "Witches of East Brunswick."
Coulter made an appearance on NBC's Today Show on yesterday to promote her book, and Matt Lauer read the following passage from the book:
"These self-obsessed women seem genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation, and acted as if the terrorist attack only happened to them. They believe the entire country was required to marinate in their exquisite personal agony. Apparently denouncing Bush was an important part of their closure process. These broads are millionaires lionized on tv and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-a-razzies. I’ve never seen people enjoying their husband’s death so much."
On the Today show, Coulter asserted that the Jersey Girls were "using their political grief to make a political point while preventing anyone from responding" and took them to task for cutting commercials for Sen. John Kerry during the 2004 campaign.
She referred to what she called "the left's doctrine of infallability" and cited others like Cindy Sheehan.
For the record, I don't think anyone on the left has ever said that supporters of George Bush should not criticize the Jersey Girls simply because they are grieving widows.
I think any rationale human being would conclude that if someone has a policy or political disagreement with the Jersey Girls, they are more than welcome to speak about it. However, Ann Coulter, you shouldn't use your disagreements to personally attack them as "self-obsessed" widows who are "enjoying their husband's deaths."
What's more, Ann Coulter conveniently left out some key facts.
In citing the Jersey Girls as an example of "the left's doctrine of infallability," she failed to note that the most vocal of the group, Kristen Breitweiser, is a Republican who voted for George W. Bush in the 2000 election.
When they gathered at the National Press Club to explain their endorsement of Sen. Kerry, Mrs. Breitweiser said: "In the three years since 9/11, I could never have imagined I would be here today, disappointed in the person I voted for, for president."
When she was asked if her support of Kerry meant she was no longer a Republican, she said no. She told writer Mary Jacoby "I'm not a Democrat!" (Gee, that Kristen Breitweiser is one crazy liberal, isn't she Ann?)
Kristen Breitweiser was also asked by Newsweek magazine why she wouldn't be voting again for George W. Bush the second time around:
NEWSWEEK: You supported Bush in 2000. Why are you changing your vote this year?
Kristen Breitweiser: The predominant reason is because I don’t feel President Bush has done everything he could do to make us safer in the three years since 9/11. I’ve personally spent the last three years fighting to try to fix the problems that plague our intelligence apparatus, so we would not be so vulnerable to Al Qaeda the next time around. And during the three years, our largest adversary was the administration. Because of that, I can’t in good conscience vote for President Bush.
Ann Coulter also failed to note that Republicans have used grieving widows and mothers to make their political points.
For example, at the 2004 Republican Convention, they trotted out Deena Burnett, whose husband was killed on Flight 93.
Also, when George Bush went looking for the "anti-Cindy Sheehan" he found it in Tammy Pruett, a mother with four sons serving in Iraq. ( I talked about Tammy Pruett and Cindy Sheehan here http://progressiveminds.bloghi.com/2005/08/25/mom-against-mom.html). Tammy Pruett didn't know Cindy Sheehan's reality because she had not lost one of her sons in Iraq, but she spoke out in support of George Bush and the war in Iraq by saying "I know that if something happens to one of the boys, they would leave this world doing what they believe, what they think is right for our country. And I guess you couldn't ask for a better way of life than giving it for something that you believe in."
But I don't hear Ann Coulter talking about the right's "doctrine of infallability."
So to Ann Coulter, I say: Do you have to agree with what the Jersey Girls have said regarding 9/11 and Bush? No, of course not. But do you need to respec their right to say it without attacking them personally? Absolutely!!
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And watch Ann Coulter's hate-filled diatribe on the Today show by going here (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12065856/) and scrolling down to the section "Tuesday's videos."