Monday, April 02, 2007

The "open letter" is now an "open and shut case."

I hate to keep beating a dead horse, but circumstances have proven that many of our conservative allies made a tactical mistake last month on one discreet issue.

Numerous conservatives expressed displeasure at Ann Coulter's use of the word "faggot." In response, I wrote an "open letter" to Michelle Malkin, in which I wrote the following:
Will criticizing or even banning Ann from CPAC and other events soften the tone from the left? Or will it embolden the left? Have we changed the tone of political discourse? Does the left now recognize that you are somehow "fair" or "civil", thus causing them to stop their attacks on you? . . .
I am guessing that they will continue their personal attacks against you. They attack you not because some conservative said the word "faggot" or because they really care about gay rights (or any other rights), but because you are an effective voice for conservatism, America, free markets, etc. . . . .
They will continue to attack you with even more ferocity if Ann Coulter is silenced or marginalized - for they will have one less enemy in that instance.
emphasis not in original

Today, Michelle quotes the following from a leftist blogger:
If your newspaper carries this hateful bitch - this self-loathing immigrant [referring to Michelle Malkin] - contact the editorial board. We got Ann Coulter and Linda Bowles banished from the op-eds in this town - can we get the Star to come to their senses about this idiot child, too?

The point is, conservatives should leave Ann Coulter alone, no matter what she says. That leftist blogger never gave credit to Michelle for Michelle's annoyance at Ann Coulter's "faggot" comment. Niether did any of the other leftists Michelle cites in today's post. The leftists are attacking Michelle harder than ever.

Michelle and the rest of us will be safer with Ann Coulter speaking uninhibited than with a kindler, gentler Ann Coulter.

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