Elizabeth Edwards chastised Ann Coulter for the "personal" attacks on her husband, John "Breck Girl" Edwards, which "lower public discourse". Every time you hear a Dem talk about public discourse being lowered, you know it has become the time to stop listening. If they won't acknowledge it in themselves (and they won't), they have no right to point the finger.
Anyways, here's what Elizabeth Edwards had to say:
Elizabeth Edwards pleaded Tuesday with Ann Coulter to "stop the personal attacks," a day after the conservative commentator said she wished Edwards' husband, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, had been killed by terrorists.
"The things she has said over the years, not just about John but about other candidates, lowers the political dialogue at precisely the time we need to raise it," Edwards said by phone on MSNBC's "Hardball" program, where Coulter was a guest.
Elizabeth Edwards said she did not consult her husband before confronting Coulter on the air, adding that she felt the pundit's remarks were "a dialogue on hatefulness and ugliness."
On ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday, Coulter was asked about a March speech in which she used a gay slur to refer to Edwards.
"If I'm going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot," Coulter said Monday, picking up on remarks made by HBO's Bill Maher. Maher suggested in March that "people wouldn't be dying needlessly" if Vice President Dick Cheney had been killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.
I remember John Maher's remarks. They FLOORED me. I was furious. I understand where Ann was going with what she said completely. But, that is not the point I'm making here.
Let's look at the oh-so-honorable Elizabeth Edwards' background with "public discourse", name-calling, and personal attacks.
Remember when not too long ago, she attacked someone? Not a politician, not a public figure. No, she said she was terrified of her neighbor, because he was (cue scary music and flashes of lightning)... Republican!
Elizabeth Edwards says she is scared of the "rabid, rabid Republican" who owns property across the street from her Orange County home — and she doesn't want her kids going near the gun-toting neighbor.
Edwards, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, particularly recalls the time neighbor Monty Johnson brought out a gun while chasing workers investigating a right of way off his property. The Edwards family has yet to meet Johnson in person.
"I wouldn't be nice to him anyway," Edwards said in an interview. "I don't want my kids anywhere near some guy who when he doesn't like somebody, the first thing he does is pull a gun out. It scares the business out of me."
Edwards views Johnson as a "rabid, rabid Republican" who refuses to clean up his "slummy" property just to spite her family, whose lavish 28,000-square-foot estate is nearby on 102 wooded acres.
Johnson, 55, acknowledges his Republican roots. But he takes offense to the suggestion he has purposefully left his property, including an old garage that he leases for use as a car shop, in dilapidated condition.
"I have to budget. I have to leave within my means," Johnson said. "I don't have millions of dollars to fix the place."
Johnson, who has posted a "Go Rudy Giuliani 2008" sign on a fence just 100 feet from the entrance to the Edwards' driveway, has criticized Edwards for the scale of their nearby home. The property and home, which includes an indoor basketball court, an indoor handball court and an indoor pool, is valued at $5.3 million.
The Edwardses are still putting the final touches on the property, which they purchased in 2003.
"I thought he was supposed to be for the poor people," Johnson said. "But does he ever socialize with any poor people? He doesn't speak to me."
Johnson said he has put his property on the market, in part blaming the high property taxes for his decision to leave. He also wants to move for another reason.
"I don't want to live somewhere where someone's always complaining about me," he said.
I can't believe it!! A Democrat... attacking a Republican?! NO! What Elizabeth did, in my opinion, was much worse however. Ann was attacking John Edwards, a politician and public figure running for President. Elizabeth attacked her neighbor, someone unknown and someone she had no profit to make from attacking, unless you count further elevating your reputation as a snooty Democrat who thinks they belong to an elite class and anyone who doesn't fit into that elite class needs to go away.
Anyhow, Pot, meet Kettle. Notice how they're both black?
As John Hawkins said when he published this story on Right Wing News, "Also, isn't it kind of pathetic that Elizabeth Edwards had to speak up for her husband because what -- he's afraid of Ann Coulter? If the Breck Girl can't stand up to Ann Coulter, what makes anyone think he can take on Al-Qaeda? Get out from behind your wife's skirt and start fighting your own battles, pretty boy."