27 June 2007

Ann Coulter and the People of North Carolina

If you look at the video of Elizabeth Edwards calling up and asking Ann Coulter to lay off the personal attacks (like attacking John Edwards for talking about the loss of their son), which you can find on the Obsidian Wings link (with Sniper Kitty my hero), listen carefully to the end of it.

She makes fun of John Edwards for winning cases before "illiterate juries." Those "illiterate juries" were usually made up of North Carolinians and other noble sons and daughters of the deep south.
The most conservative people in the nation. Here is a well heeled, college educate elite making nasty comments about the backbone of the conservative movement.

She doesn't mean it. And she is not serious.

But she is still popular among some conservatives like my friend Budweiser who is from the deepest deepest south. He thinks she is 'funny.'

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At 28 June, 2007 05:39, Blogger Joey said...

Those "illiterate juries" were usually made up of North Carolinians and other noble sons and daughters of the deep south.

That may be more of a statement on jury selection MO than on the raw group of individuals.

I also find her to be "funny" (at least in print) while at the same time thinking "What a ****!"


At 28 June, 2007 11:55, Blogger Clemens said...

I think the point still stands. The elites of both the conservative and liberal movements have nothing but contempt for working class people, especially if they have southern accents.

I don't find Coulter funny, at least partly because I think she is a fraud. She doesn't mean it and is not serious.

At 28 June, 2007 11:56, Blogger Clemens said...

BTW, have you stopped blogging? No more stories of Japan? You coming trip to Espana?

At 28 June, 2007 22:09, Blogger Joey said...

I haven't posted in a while because I need to finish stuff at work.

It will be back up shortly (I think I covered all my Japanese material...) when I go to Toronto in August, Auburn the week after and Denver for the Oktoberfest of the US, the Great American Beer Festival 19 days later.

I don't care whether Ann Coulter is a fraud or not, I still find her columns ruthlessly funny. I also find brutal things humorous.

For example, in her latest column

"Judging by his fundraising efforts so far, I gather most of you don't know who John Edwards is -- unless you're an overpriced hair dresser. "

How do you not laugh at that?

She follows that up with an anecdote that makes me lose all sympathy for their family...

"He's the trial lawyer who pretended in court to channel the spirit of a handicapped fetus in front of illiterate jurors to scam tens of millions of dollars off of innocent doctors. According to The New York Times, Edwards told one jury: "She speaks to you through me ... And I have to tell you right now -- I didn't plan to talk about this -- right now I feel her. I feel her presence. She's inside me, and she's talking to you."

Creeped out yet?

Let me also quote from campaign consultant Bob Shrum's book "No Excuses":

"(Kerry) was even queasier about Edwards after they met. Edwards had told Kerry he was going to share a story with him that he'd never told anyone else -- that after his son Wade had been killed, he climbed onto the slab at the funeral home, laid there and hugged his body, and promised that he'd do all he could to make life better for people, to live up to Wade's ideals of service. Kerry was stunned, not moved, because, as he told me later, Edwards had recounted the same exact story to him, almost in the exact same words, a year or two before -- and with the same preface, that he'd never shared the memory with anyone else. Kerry said he found it chilling, and he decided he couldn't pick Edwards unless he met with him again."

Apparently every time Edwards began a story about his dead son with "I've never told anyone this before," everyone on the campaign could lip-sync the story with him.


I feel dirty just reading that...


At 29 June, 2007 01:00, Blogger Clemens said...

Political humor, even brutal humor, is one thing. And I certainly won't defend John Edwards for anything. But Coulter is something else. She just doesn't seem to know very much. I still regard her as a pimple on the face of the American political class - which is becoming too self-serving, unserious, and inept for any of us.

Perhaps she is the living exemplar of that. So perhaps she serves a purpose after all.

At 04 July, 2007 02:08, Blogger jack perry said...

I gave up on Coulter about the same time National Review did, and for about the same reason: she advocated the forcible conversion of Afghanis to Christianity, seriously.


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