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The CPAC I saw (Michelle Malkin shares her thoughts on Ann Coulter)
Michelle Malkin ^ | Sunday March 4th, 2007 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 03/04/2007 8:28:45 AM PST by ajolympian2004

Enter Ann Coulter.

Her "faggot" joke was not just a distraction from all the good that was highlighted and represented at the conference. It was the equivalent of a rhetorical fragging--an intentionally-tossed verbal grenade that exploded in her own fellow ideological soldiers' tent.

There are countless conservatives who bring their children to CPAC. It's a family-friendly event. I brought mine last year and the year before. I met several parents with their kids there this year. We expect CPAC to be a place where conservative role models speak with clarity, passion, and integrity. There are enough spewers of mindless filth, vulgarity, and hatred on TV, at the movies, and in the public schools. We don't expect our children to be exposed to that garbage at the nation's preeminent conservative gathering.

I was in the back of the ballroom and did not see any children in the audience during Coulter's speech. But what if there had been?

Would you want your children hearing the word "faggot" spoken in such a casual and senseless manner? Would you like your first-grader or three-year-old running around the halls of CPAC singing "faggot, faggot, faggot?" Not me. Not anymore than I'd like my toddler singing "gook, gook, gook" or "sambo, sambo, sambo"--favored epithets hurled at conservative minorities by leftist haters groping around in their empty intellectual quivers. There were hundreds of young conservative college students in the ballroom. Would you be proud of your college-age daughter spewing such epithets in her campus debates with leftists?

With a single word, Coulter sullied the hard work of hundreds of CPAC participants and exhibitors and tarred the collective reputation of thousands of CPAC attendees. At a reception for college students held by the Young America's Foundation, I lambasted the substitution of stupid slurs for persuasion-- be it "faggot" from a conservative or "gook" from a liberal--and urged the young people there to conduct themselves at all times with dignity in their ideological battles on and off campus.

I made something else explicitly clear: Not all of us treat the communication of conservative ideals and ideas as 24/7 performance art. You can and should use humor to convey your message. You can enlighten and entertain--without becoming a tired old schtick. You can joke without becoming the joke.

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The rest of her coverage, great pics from the event and photo album link here -
http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006981.htm


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: anncoulter; catfight; coulter; cpac; cpac2007; doublestandard; eatingourown; foxnews; foxnewscontributor; gop; hotair; littleanniefanny; macacamoment; malkin; michellemalkin; zogbyism
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1 posted on 03/04/2007 8:28:49 AM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: ajolympian2004

Michelle, quit being a drama queen. She gave you something to pontificate about, be thankful.


2 posted on 03/04/2007 8:31:26 AM PST by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: ajolympian2004

I think this was a calculated move on Coulter's part. Now, she will draw a distinction between Edwards's support of his Catholic-hating bloggers and his condemnation of a single word by Coulter.


3 posted on 03/04/2007 8:31:36 AM PST by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: ajolympian2004
Oh the weeping, the gnashing of teeth.
4 posted on 03/04/2007 8:32:48 AM PST by Maeve (Do you have supplies for an extended emergency? Be prepared! Pray!)
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To: pissant

Michelle, get over it: these kids know more than you think.


5 posted on 03/04/2007 8:33:02 AM PST by juliej (vote gop)
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To: ajolympian2004

I agree completely. Why stoop down to the level of leftists? Especially when Mr. Edwards is a married man with children. C'mon Ann, you may disagree with the man's positions and ideaology, but keep away from such childish personal attacks.

Especially when you know that the media gives a free pass to hateful speech given by leftists, but that anything vile said like this by conservatives gets magnified by a factor of 10,000x. It just amplifies the message that conservatives are 'bigots', while liberals are caring. Even if in reality it is the other way around usually.


6 posted on 03/04/2007 8:33:02 AM PST by rom (Dateline lied, trucks died!)
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To: ajolympian2004

BTTT!


7 posted on 03/04/2007 8:33:34 AM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: ajolympian2004

all of this righteous indignation plays right into the hands of the "gay mafia"


8 posted on 03/04/2007 8:33:49 AM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: ajolympian2004
Would you want your children hearing the word "faggot" spoken...

I EXPECT my children to be completely unafraid to use the words "faggot", "queer", "pervert", or any other pejorative to describe people who are themselves a disgusting offense to my sensibilities.

The term "faggot" is not offensive: it's what these people do to one another sexually is a far more offensive!
9 posted on 03/04/2007 8:34:34 AM PST by BMIC
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To: Maeve

Malkin is consistent. I think all the hand wringing is dumb, though. SHE'S ANN COULTER, for God's sake. That's why people go to hear her speak.


10 posted on 03/04/2007 8:34:38 AM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: ajolympian2004; Victoria Delsoul
There are countless conservatives who bring their children to CPAC. It's a family-friendly event.

The kind of parent that drags kids to a 'family friendly' event like CPAC is what keeps a lot of therapists at work for decades! Sheesh! "Hey kids, we're going to CPAC and see Duncan Hunter and Mitt Romney! And if you're really good we will stay for the panel on government finance!"

11 posted on 03/04/2007 8:34:40 AM PST by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do suck seed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: ajolympian2004
MM doesn't get hyperbole. It was deliberate as is Ann's follow-up clarification:

“I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean.”
12 posted on 03/04/2007 8:35:13 AM PST by etradervic (Three great candidates for '08 - Newt, Hunter, Romney)
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To: ajolympian2004

I am getting a bit tired of Ann's over the top rhetoric. Was it really necessary for her to refer to the 911 widows as harpies and say for all we knew their husbands were about to divorce them. She seems to have lost her ability to make points without going over the top. It is a shame because I generally enjoy her shtick.


13 posted on 03/04/2007 8:36:15 AM PST by honestfreedom69
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To: ajolympian2004

Michelle, take a day off. Go for a hike. Swim, ski, hop in the sack, you chose, but get a life.


15 posted on 03/04/2007 8:36:24 AM PST by carolinalivin
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To: pissant
LOL! I think we beat this horse to death yesterday.

Now can we please get back to trashing Gulliani, Mc Cain & Romney? ....tongue firmly planted in cheek :0)

My apologies to fellow horse lovers.

16 posted on 03/04/2007 8:36:37 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (As for me, I will remain neutral...for the time being.)
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To: Buck W.
Edwards's support of his Catholic-hating bloggers

You're very ignorant of the American public.

99.99999% of the American public has NO IDEA about the little-twinkie-girl bloggers (whom know one ever heard of)...and has NO IDEA that Edwards fired them.

I would also guess that 75% of the American public has NO IDEA what a blogger even is.

Annie wanted attention for Annie...and Annie gets what she wants...even if it trashes CPAC....

17 posted on 03/04/2007 8:36:48 AM PST by paulat (I'd rather vote for someone who CAN ACTUALLY BE ELECTED)
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To: Hildy

If you enjoy her schtick, and I do, nobody does it better ...


18 posted on 03/04/2007 8:37:08 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: ajolympian2004

Have to agree with Michelle here. Whatever cheap thrill Ann or her fans got from that was not worth it.

If you ask me, Ann has lost use of her stiletto wit and replaced it with a greasy hacksaw. It's a shame.


19 posted on 03/04/2007 8:37:26 AM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: ajolympian2004

Ann said that she couldn't talk about Edwards without using the word "faggot." Imagine if she had talked about him.


20 posted on 03/04/2007 8:37:30 AM PST by Blowtorch
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To: ajolympian2004

I agree that she has every right to say it and I don't even mind that she did, but she should have said it somewhere else


21 posted on 03/04/2007 8:37:44 AM PST by msnimje (If we have a choice of two PRO ABORTION candidates, this country is doomed.)
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To: HitmanLV

LOL. The one time I went to CPAC was in the early 80's.
Jeanne Kirkpatrick(RIP) spoke. Brilliant, but man was it boring. Can't imagine making a kid sit through that.


22 posted on 03/04/2007 8:37:52 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: Blowtorch

LOL! We would have to borrow your blowtorch!


23 posted on 03/04/2007 8:38:15 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (As for me, I will remain neutral...for the time being.)
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To: ajolympian2004

John Kerry's "joke" was funnier.


24 posted on 03/04/2007 8:38:20 AM PST by eddie willers
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To: Buck W.

LOL!! KNOW = NO


25 posted on 03/04/2007 8:38:24 AM PST by paulat (I'd rather vote for someone who CAN ACTUALLY BE ELECTED)
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To: ajolympian2004
...Would you like your first-grader or three-year-old running around the halls of CPAC singing "faggot, faggot, faggot?" Not me. Not anymore than I'd like my toddler singing "gook, gook, gook" or "sambo, sambo, sambo"--

I think it's Michelle Malkin that makes the mistake here. Vietnamese, vietnamese, vietnames or black, black, black; etc., are specific identies. Homosexuality is not a specific racial like identity, but, rather, a sexual addiction with disgusting and dangerous actions.

It is Michelle Malkin that is displaying ignorance here. And I speak as an admirer of Michelle Malkin (not that she would appreciate what I say now).

26 posted on 03/04/2007 8:38:36 AM PST by Stepan12 (Mark Steyn: "We are all spaniards now.")
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To: ajolympian2004

People are ignoring one thing about all this, and that is what impact it might have had on Edwards, who is running a stealthy campaign designed to benefit from the damage Obama and Clinton are doing to each other.

With that single word, Coulter has indelibly marked Edwards. Formerly, only the hard-right was keyed to his trilling, metrosexual primping-fop act (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AE847UXu3Q for a hilarious example). Ann did the nation a favor by tagging him in headlines. Her comment had nothing to do with his sexual orientation and everything to do with his credibility as a world leader as Silky Pony in Chief.

As usual, Ann has used controversy and ridicule to score a valuable point. It's fine that Michelle Malkin and all the candidates now make a show of taking Ann to the woodshed: tha damage is done-- to Edwards.

Thank you, Ann Coulter.


27 posted on 03/04/2007 8:38:38 AM PST by RightOnTheLeftCoast ([Hunter/Rumsfeld 2008!])
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To: juliej
So permit your children to see and hear all kinds of low and degrading things because they have probably already seen and heard these things. How very broadminded, progressive and liberal. No standards. That's the way to go.
28 posted on 03/04/2007 8:39:20 AM PST by all the best
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To: gate2wire; Victoria Delsoul

I recorded it on my Tivo and will be making a DVD of the best speeches, but man oh man, I wouldn't call this an event for families. Maybe it is for the Malkin family?

Or maybe The Addams Family? Hahaha!


29 posted on 03/04/2007 8:39:20 AM PST by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do suck seed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: gate2wire

"...in the early 80's."


Make that early 90's.


30 posted on 03/04/2007 8:39:23 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: ajolympian2004

Faggot is a perfectly good, time tested descriptive. The fact the language police are offended is just too bad.


31 posted on 03/04/2007 8:40:27 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P.)
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To: pissant
This is way over blown.

Ann is right, saying the word "faggot" does beg you to go to rehab and this shrilly piece exmplemphies just that point. Instead of going to "rehab" with this group, you get over the top chastising for TRUTH made into a joke.

If anything a "faggot" desperately needs rehab.
32 posted on 03/04/2007 8:40:36 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: pissant

She would have gotten into no trouble saying swishy little fart. Anne, you need to work on your lexicon.


33 posted on 03/04/2007 8:41:29 AM PST by kinghorse (I didn't question Nancy's patriotism. I questioned her judgment - Dick Cheney 2007)
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To: rom

Who knows, maybe the "Breck girl" has other things going on?


34 posted on 03/04/2007 8:41:42 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: ajolympian2004

Ann Coulter has an audience, just like Michael Savage has an audience. I just don't listen to either one, but there are people who will listen to them, no matter what.


35 posted on 03/04/2007 8:42:09 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: rom

You should click into Hugh Hewitt's blog to see the 'oh the humanity' of the bloggers there over Ann's inane comments. CPAC is more about good ideas and yet they should know that Ann is a bomb thrower. Oh well, this too will pass as conservatives keep devouring their own. If we do not stop, we will get Her Highness or BO and that would be the true social obliteration!


36 posted on 03/04/2007 8:42:26 AM PST by phillyfanatic
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To: xcamel

#* YUP!

We eat our own when it offends the LEFT.


37 posted on 03/04/2007 8:42:33 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: pissant

Funny but the conservatives who praise Malkin for slamming the left for cheap tactics are so very quick to turn on her for calling out the high priestess of biatch, Anorexic Coulter. If we won't police ourselves, who will?


38 posted on 03/04/2007 8:42:45 AM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: juliej

Really? So you are saying that it okay to use such language at conservative family friendly events?


39 posted on 03/04/2007 8:43:32 AM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: ajolympian2004
Michelle taking Ann to the obligatory walk to the woodshed. Ann plastered the trial lawyer with a play on words and an "apology" that leaves the lawyerly "word twisters" aghast. Remember what the definition of "is" is, Edwards.

By the way, doesn't Edwards brother host those paranormal shows on cable?

40 posted on 03/04/2007 8:43:33 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: ajolympian2004
I was in the back of the ballroom and did not see any children in the audience during Coulter's speech. But what if there had been?

Maybe Ann looked around too and noticed that she was in an adult setting and then spoke her mind. Give me a break!

41 posted on 03/04/2007 8:43:37 AM PST by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

"As usual, Ann has used controversy and ridicule to score a valuable point. It's fine that Michelle Malkin and all the candidates now make a show of taking Ann to the woodshed: tha damage is done-- to Edwards.

Thank you, Ann Coulter."


THANK YOU!


42 posted on 03/04/2007 8:43:40 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: ajolympian2004
I was in the back of the ballroom and did not see any children in the audience during Coulter's speech. But what if there had been? Would you want your children hearing the word "faggot" spoken in such a casual and senseless manner? Would you like your first-grader or three-year-old running around the halls of CPAC singing "faggot, faggot, faggot?" Not me.

It is all about the children, don't you see? Where have we heard that one before?

I had to watch Coulter on one of the closed circuit TVs located around the hotel. Only a relatively few could get into the Regency room, which was SRO packed. There were over 3,000 college kids at the conference. Ann was clearly the rock star of the conference, even more than the political candidates. I think Malkin suffers from Coulter-envy.

43 posted on 03/04/2007 8:44:10 AM PST by kabar
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To: ajolympian2004

As I have previosuly stated on another thread. This was the wrong palce and poor choice of words. Now knowing that children were present, that just reinforces it for me. We should be better as conservatives, especially when around children.


44 posted on 03/04/2007 8:44:22 AM PST by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: nmh

Do a google search on every nasty word you can think of, and include "coulter" and see how many hits there are.


45 posted on 03/04/2007 8:44:25 AM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: BMIC

So aren't terms like sambo, chink, slant, slope, spic and any other term that is used to describe someone else that we want to demean.

I mean, they are only words, no?


46 posted on 03/04/2007 8:44:50 AM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: honestfreedom69

Welcome troll.


47 posted on 03/04/2007 8:45:42 AM PST by kabar
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To: ajolympian2004
Consider this Malkin's PhD dissertation on Missing the Point.

With her comment Coulter raised one of the critical issues of our time--the hysteria and hypocrisy of political correctness--in a venue perfectly adapted to that purpose.

Will Malkin and other outraged commentators on the right come to their senses and acknowledge the point Coulter was making? Once can hope. If they do not, it is because they have become too cowed and coopted by the left to be of any effective use any more. The left's victory is nearly complete at Malkin's level. Sad.

49 posted on 03/04/2007 8:45:52 AM PST by JCEccles
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To: jrooney

I re-read the post. Children were not present in the audience at the time, so I withdraw that part of my psot. Sorry. It was still the wrong place and poor choice of owrds.


50 posted on 03/04/2007 8:45:53 AM PST by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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