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  •  Ignore her (3+ / 0-)
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    The best thing we can do for Coulter is to forget she exists.  This is an important diary about the slippage from rhetoric to murder, but in general I think gadflies love attention, and any attention will do.  Getting advertisers to shut down on her site is great, but I bet the entire incident adds thousands of readers for her next book.  And that's exactly what she wants.  For an arch right-wing conservative, perceived persecution = $$$$$.

    •  She's not there. At least not right now. (3+ / 0-)
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      pshaw, Tigana, maconblue

      When reading an earlier Coulter diary I ended up roaming Andrew Sullivan's site. (he really comes up with some diverse and interesting links).

      Then I thought I'd stop by and see how Ann was taking all of this, never been to her site before, but the server is not responding.  At townhalldotcom she's got a Libby column from yesterday pointing out how only Repubs are punished for crimes but nothing about the current situation with her site.

      Just thought I'd mention it.

      "Yes dear. Conspiracy theories really do come true." (tuck, tuck)

      by tribalecho on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 11:12:33 AM PST

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    •  Not when she speaks at official Repub gatherings (5+ / 0-)
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      mataliandy, moiv, arlene, J Royce, maconblue

      She may have been a marginal gadfly when she was just writing book or columns - but when she speaks at official Republican gatherings, says horrible bigoted things, and everyone applauds her, ignoring her isn't the answer. That's when ignoring her starts looking like Kerry's non-response to the Swift Boat smears: incomprehensibly stupid. It's time to tie her to every person who's ever agreed with her, or whoever applauded something hateful she said.

      A word after a word after a word is power. -- Margaret Atwood

      by tmo on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 12:00:12 PM PST

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      •  Maybe you're right. (0+ / 0-)

        I don't know.  Do similar right-wing responses to lefty gadflies like Michael Moore or Jon Stewart work, or do they generally backfire?  That sounds like a rhetorical question, and at least when it comes to Stewart it is (O'Reilly loses his war with Stewart), but how about Moore?  Does Michael Moore benefit from right-wing attempts to censure (not necessarily censor) him?

        You make a good argument here, though, and certainly calling someone a "faggot" amounts to hatespeech that everyone should publicly condemn. . . and maybe that in and of itself is worth the inevitable backlash/martyr status for Coulter.  Even if Coulter herself might benefit, others will have to think twice before publicly casting slurs at gays and lesbians.  

        If our intent is to punish Coulter, then I think our attention works opposite of our aim.  If our intent is to educate the public as to what constitutes non-mainstream speech, then we really have succeeded--thanks in good part to Volvodrivingliberal.

        •  Ask Repubs to justify all her outrageous (3+ / 0-)
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          statements, while ignoring her. Don't respond to her, don't deal with her. She's a fool.

          Deal with Guiliani, Brownback, McCain, Hannity, Limbaugh, Tony Snow, George Bush. Ask them all to explain and justify that:

          --killing MD's who perform abortions is a "proceedure with a rifle"

          --Edwards is a "faggot".

          Etc, etc, etc. down the list.

          Just go to current Yahoo's most Popular Opinions for today, where her garbage is currently #1 and #3. You'll find lots of material. And while you're there, give her a few 1's, if you belong to Yahoo.

          Every Dem talking head should have a list of Coulter quotes ready to pull out and wave around in discussions with Repubs, IMHO. Make them own her. Spread their muck around, and make it stick. After all, she's their girl!

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