Friday, June 23, 2006

Somebody gets it

Rahm Emanuel Challenges Republicans to repudiate Ann Coulter

Turns out that Rahm Emanuel is actually on the case on hanging Coulter around Republican necks -- back on June 9, in fact:
That doesn’t matter to Ms. Coulter because she’s doing it to enrich herself. But there is something more sinister in Ms. Coulter’s words: The hate she spews is the same kind of hatred we’re battling in the war on terror. As a country of thought and reason, I urge all of us to reject it. I must ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle: DoesAnn Coulter speak for you when
she suggests poisoning [..] Supreme Court Justices or slanders the 9/11 windows—widows? If not, speak now. Your silence allows her to be your spokesman.

And the response? Silence:
"It has also been one week since I called on my Republican colleagues to reject Ann Coulter's vicious attacks on the widows of 9-11.

"Not a single Republican elected official has stepped forward to reject her hate, so I have to conclude they are comfortable with her as their spokesperson.

"Their silence is deafening. Apparently it's OK to exploit 9-11 to shore up your own sagging poll numbers or make a quick buck. So rather than see 9-11 as a moment to unite America, Ann Coulter and her followers have chosen to divide and demonize fellow Americans.

Where the hell are the rest of the Dems?


Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

The Dems are the same place on this as they are when the right attacks Noam Chomsky. Silent. They play to the middle and ignore the rest.

I'm less angry tonight, and I've thought about it a little more. Sticking with the old left-center-right paradigm we have for politics, it breaks down like this. The right controls the paradigm. The right protrays moderate Democrats as liberals or even commie socialists. They hold up Chomsky as some ultra radical lefty, despite the fact that most people would agree with most of his views if they ever bothered to read his works. Same with Franken, I guess to bring in a more mainstream example. The ultra right wing Republicans portray themselves as moderates. Compared to them, even Newt Gingrich makes some sense these days - he almost sounds liberal sometimes.

Then way off on the right and in to the offensive you have Coulter (And Limbaugh, and Savage, and I guess Falwell and so on). The Right allows them to continue with their hate and antics because they are so extremely out there they help reinforce the idea the the merely radical right is moderate.

I would say the Democrats consider Coulter et al not worth addressing or rebutting because they have failed to recognize and acknowledge the Republican Doppler Shift in the echo chamber of the political spectrum.

I am proud of that concept and phrase so I will repeat it. They have failed to recognize and acknowledge the Republican Doppler Shift in the echo chamber of the political spectrum.

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone in the democrat party's "strategery" contingent see the possibilities here? I don't think so. How about running footage of Emmanuel's first question on one side of the TV screen, while running printed quotes of Coulter's vicious remarks on the other side? And then running Emmanuel's last remark (the no takers from the GOP repudiating Coulter) with "3 days later - still no GOP elected official repudiates these remarks." Is that YOUR republican party? If you want it to change, vote democrat, or vote third party. It's time to take hate out of government. Make a statement that ALL politicians understand, no matter the party.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya know, there's some "law" that says "bring up a comparison to nazis" the side that uses the N word loses the debate. UNLESS the folks being debated about behave like...well...NAZIS. The right's front people are using the same kind of rhetoric, the same,say any lie, no matter how outraguse, tactics of the Nazis in 1920s Germany. We think that any sane person, anyone with a funtioning brain would see their lies for what they are. But is there REALLY any diferance in believability between claiming that jews are subhuman, moral degenerates secretly working to take over the world and Liberals are liars who hate America and want the TERRORISTS to win? Poison SCJustices? Bald faced and easily provable lies about documented military personels records? Christofacist regection of the overwhelming majority opinions of the WORLDS Scientific community on Evolution, Global Warming etc.etc.
When you live in a nonreality based world view community any crap you make up is OK, because your entire world view is based on superstition and the "Supernatural" intervention. Folks we are dealing with people who have made a voluntery regection of reality.

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

more to be pittied than . . .
is it not clear that ann coulter is a pathetic skank who manages to survive by projecting her self-hatred outward?

9:53 AM  

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