Ann Coulter appeared on Hannity and Colmes last night. She was booked with former Democratic strategist Pat Caddell, presumably for that "balance" we hear so much about. And here's how Caddell got started after Coulter's initial, non-remorseful volley:
ALAN COLMES: Pat Caddell, I'd like to have you weigh in here. You want to respond to what you heard so far?
PAT CADDELL: Look, I love Ann.
You can imagine where it went from there. Caddell's bottom line: "People take all this stuff far too seriously." Which is Coulter's position. So why bother having him there? (Gee I wonder.)
Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan tackles the substance of Coulter's lame defense that "faggot" can't be a slur when applied to a straight man. I think he gets to the essence of it here:
She knew why Edwards qualified. He's pretty, he has flowing locks, he's young-looking. He is exactly the kind of straight guy who is targeted as a "faggot" by his straight peers. This, Ms Coulter, is real social policing by speech. And that's what she was doing: trying to delegitimize and feminize a man by calling him a faggot....
The conflation of effeminacy with weakness, and of gayness with weakness, is what Coulter calculatedly asserted. This was not a joke. It was an attack.
Needless to say, perhaps, Fox's Alan Colmes did a pathetic job of challenging Coulter's flimsy defense. The whole segment was a show trial in reverse.