I am calling once again for conservatives to reject the Coulterization of politics (read my previous posts on this topic). Ann Coulter brings public discourse to new lows on a regular basis, and Christian conservatives in particular should have no part of it. The latest example appears in an exchange that Coulter had with Elizabeth Edwards (wife of presidential candidate John Edwards) on “Hardball” with Chris Matthews. You can watch a video of the encounter, or you can read the following transcript of the exchange:
Elizabeth Edwards: You wrote a column a couple years ago which made fun of the moment of Charlie Dean’s death, and suggested that my husband had a bumper sticker on the back of his car that said ask me about my dead son. This is not legitimate political dialogue.
Ann Coulter: That’s now three years ago
Elizabeth Edwards: It debases political dialogue. It drives people away from the process. We can’t have a debate about issues if you’re using this kind of language.
Ann Coulter: Yeah why isn’t John Edwards making this call?
Chris Matthews: Well do you want to respond and we’ll end this conversation?
Elizabeth Edwards: I haven’t talked to John about his call.
Ann Coulter: This is just another attempt for â€“
Elizabeth Edwards: I’m making this call as a mother. I’m the mother of that boy who died. My children participate — these young people behind you are the age of my children. You’re asking them to participate in a dialogue that’s based on hatefulness and ugliness instead of on the issues and I don’t think that’s serving them or this country very well.
Chris Matthews: Thank you very much Elizabeth Edwards. Do you want to — you have all the time in the world to respond.
Ann Coulter: I think we heard all we need to hear. The wife of a presidential candidate is asking me to stop speaking. No.
My posts on Ann Coulter:
Ann Coulter Needs to Repent (part 1) (June 7, 2006)
Ann Coulter Needs To Repent (part 2) (March 6, 2007)
Rejecting the Coulterization of Politics (June 28, 2007)