Now that the flooded basement is under control, the pantry is painted and Adam's baseball camp is done (Vacation? What vacation?), I've had a chance to catch up on what's going on with the rest of the world.
I was just over at the Tennessee Guerilla Women site watching the Ann Coulter video that I've seen mention of on blogs lately. I'm talking about the Hardball episode in which Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic Presidential hopeful John Edwards called the show and asked Coulter to end the personal attacks, which had, cruelly, included reference to the Edwards' son Wade, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1996.
Predictably, Coulter was an ass. She is the master of what we called, when I taught Language Arts to my old sixth grade students, "loaded" language. She really gets a reaction out of people, whether they love her or hate her.
One of my favorite bloggers, Splotchy, makes a really good point: she only has the power we give her.
Back about ten years ago, I was embroiled in a horrific custody fight with my son's mother. She lied, bullied, manipulated and took advantage of a legal system biased in her favor. It consumed my life-- it was all I could think of and talk about. Then one day, Dave, a friend of a friend, gave me some great advice: don't rent her free space in my head. It was her intent to enrage me, and I was obliging her.
I took his advice and calmed down.
Coulter gets off on the fact that she pisses liberals off. And there's a shrill minority of conservatives who cheer her and her creepy behavior on. But the average conservative wants safe streets, good education, lower taxes and a secure nation.-- pretty much the same as the average liberal. I doubt the average moderate conservative can stomache her or even finds her relevent.
Coulter's behavior is grotesque. It is certain to alienate all but the hardest core whackos-- just the same as this current bunch of buttmunches in office have alienated their moderate core. As far as I'm concerned, let Coulter run her idiotic mouth off. She's the best friend the Democrats have, spurring complacent Democratic voters to get more involved and turning moderates away from the Republicans in droves. I hope she gets even more attention.