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I am guessing that Coulter’s comment, which was clearly a prepared remark, was part of a Rovian strategy.  The candidates in attendance will surely distance themselves from it, but they were the intended beneficiaries.  Here’s my logic:

I am guessing that Coulter’s comment, which was clearly a prepared remark, was part of a Rovian strategy.  The candidates in attendance will surely distance themselves from it, but they were the intended beneficiaries.  Here’s my logic:

  1. Republican presidential victories depend on the "Reagan Democrat" vote.  These voters tend to be lower-income and relatively uninformed on issues. They will vote against their economic interests because the like the candidate – because the candidate makes them feel safe or just because he (yes, he) seems like a good guy to have a beer with.
  1. The sad truth is that Hillary and Obama come to the table with obvious deficits in appealing to this type of voter.
  1. Edwards is basing is campaign on an economic populism designed specifically to reach out to this voter.  I’m guessing that this scares the R strategists.  Note how much play that video got with Edwards doing his hair – "See, Jim Bob!  He’s effete!"
  1. Thus, the faggot slur.  Coulter is the perfect instrument to get it out there.  She’s newsworthy, and her career won’t be too hurt by one more outrageous comment.
  1. Uninformed Reagan Democrat voters will retain the slur in the back of their minds, combine it with the hair-care video and whatever else is later tossed out there, and -- voilà! -- Jim Bob doesn’t want to have a beer anymore with John.

Originally posted to quique on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 04:36 PM PST.

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  •  I'll have a beer with Edwards (5+ / 0-)

    Good analysis.

    You too see Coulter as the Republican's "well, she's just saying what everybody (who's a hate mongering asshole) is thinking."

    That's why Romney will Share a stage with her.
    That's why Cheney and Rove will go on the same talk shows that she does.

    Limbaugh and the other Right wing blow hards fill the same role.


    1984: Orwell wrote a cautionary tale. Bush mistook it for a manifesto.

    by mungley on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 04:53:11 PM PST

    •  Hmm (4+ / 0-)
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      mungley, Billy Bova, godislove, gfv6800

      Reminds me of a thought I had when Coulter was on Leno (Carlin was on that night too, only reason I was watching.)  She made a comment to the effect of "I say what other people are afraid to, I speak my mind, and yes I'm controversial."  Meanwhile I was thinking, translation: "I say what the GOP higher ups tell me to say, so that then they can distance themselves from it and still have the meme out in the public sphere."

  •  I think you are right. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Ann Coulter... (1+ / 0-)
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    is about as attractive as a basket full of smashed assholes. I'm not talking about its physical appearance. I'm saying that its persona is more disgusting than just about anyone else on the Right in this country. It is just as repulsive and revolting as my rather vulgar metaphor.

    Yes, I used the term "it" in a deliberately pejorative manner. It is simply impossible for me to associate Ann Coulter with any aspect of femininity.

    "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by jayatRI on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 06:03:04 PM PST

  •  Afraid of Edwards (1+ / 0-)
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    Billy Bova

    I agree; Edwards is the real threat (Not Hillary--they've planted a prosecutor in ARkansas to Swiftboat her.) An Edwards/Obama ticket is a real problem because it taps the southern voters that they consider theirs. Watch for that stuff coming on.

    Coulter is a clown, a joke. She is used by them to say outrageous things. Her ignorance of history is appalling. It's a mindgame. Where does she end up two years from now? Why has she not been prosecuted for felony in Palm Beach County? Awhile ago there was indication of clear evidence.

  •  Yea, but Edwards has a rural strategy! (0+ / 0-)

    His campaign has Dave "Mudcat" Saunders doing their rural strategy and outreach to sportsmen and Nascar folks. He is good, did the same thing for Mark Warners race and Jim Webbs race in VA, both won. I worked for him in VA and he has got some good stuff coming out on down the road, wait and see!

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