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The Ann Coulter Legacy: Republican Politics of Personal Cruelty

By October 25, 2006

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I say HOORAY that a handful of conservative celebrities have taped a political ad opposing embryonic stem cell research.

No, I most certainly haven't changed my mind about the humanitarian need for and pro-life morality of federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

I say HOORAY because finally... a few conservatives talking about an actual issue, rather than blabbing the normal 2006 Republican Party Politics of Personal Cruelty, which have lately included:

* Conservative druggie-buffoon Rush Limbaugh accusing actor Michael J. Fox of faking his Parkinsons' disease tremors.

* Senator Hillary Clinton's Republican opponent, John Spencer, falsely whispering that Hillary's undergone "millions of dollars" in plastic surgery, and adding that he can't understand "why Bill married her."

* Who could forget Republican Senator George Allen chortling the racial slur "macaca" as he pointed to opponent former Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb's young staffer, who was of Indian heritage.

* Republican Senator Rick Santorum's camp poking fun at challenger Pennsylvania Treasurer Bob Casey, Jr.'s shaggy eyebrows in youth.

* And in the Tennessee Senate race, pitting Democrat Rep. Harold Ford, Jr, against Republican Bob Corker, the RNC has been running a TV ad sporting an unclothed, blonde, white woman grinning lasciviously into the camera and urging Ford to "call me."

Per almost all political analysts, including Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball and Capitol Hill veteran, the racist overtones of the Tennessee ad are blatant and disgusting.

Call it the Republican Politics of Personal Cruelty.

Call it the natural by-product of a party that lionizes mean-queen smashmouth writer Ann Coulter, who famously said of four women whose husbands were killed on 9/11, "I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much."

I guess callous cruelty is what passes for values-based Republican campaign strategy when they don't want to talk about the issues.

Related Reading
The Pros & Cons of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Inside Profile of Harold Ford, Jr., 2006 Democratic Candidate for Senate from Tennessee
Inside Profile of Bob Casey, Jr., 2006 Democratic Candidate for Senate from Pennsylvania


October 25, 2006 at 11:24 pm
(1) Allan R. Bevere says:


From what I understand, Limbaugh came on the air in the next segment of his show and apologized for his comments because he had received e-mails from listeners.

I am not defending his initial comments, but I do think we should take it into account when anyone apologizes.

October 31, 2006 at 5:48 pm
(2) Dd says:

Yes, Allan, we should take in account when someone apologizes, but also why and how someone apologizes.
The problem with apologies is that some are less sincere than others.
Having read a transcript of Mr Limbaugh’s apology, I’m having a hard time considering it to be a genuine apology.

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