It's really kind of fascinating watching how political groups eat their own young, so to speak.
Conservative author/speaker Ann Coulter has been dumped as a keynote speaker at WorldNetDaily's upcoming "Taking America Back" national conference.
Why? Because of her plans to also speak at HOMOCON 2010, a Sept. 25th event sponsored by the homosexual Republican group GOProud....
Leaving aside the fact that I rather detest Ms. Coulter and probably all that she stands for ... I really kind of love her response to WND:
[...] Coulter responded: "That's silly, I speak to a lot of groups and do not endorse them. I speak at Harvard and I certainly don't endorse their views. I've spoken to Democratic groups and liberal Republican groups that loooove abortion. The main thing I do is speak on college campuses, which is about the equivalent of speaking at an al-Qaida conference. I'm sure I agree with GOProud more than I do with at least half of my college audiences. But in any event, giving a speech is not an endorsement of every position held by the people I'm speaking to. I was going to speak for you guys, I think you're nuts on the birther thing (though I like you otherwise!)."
So apparently, being open minded (if that's quite the right term) enough to speak to gays -- not to, you know, advocate same-sex marriage or their right to exist or something radical like that, but just to accept their money to talk at them about political issues of the day -- that is enough to get the ultra-right wing to decide that you're not ultra ultra enough and dump you.
Well, now she knows how the president feels, some days.
...What? What? The shellacking he takes from the left wing doesn't remind you of this at all?
(Mind, I do think some of the left's ire is unjustified. After all, he positioned himself as a centrist from the start, so being disappointed because he hasn't fulfilled all of the liberal dreams isn't terribly realistic. That said, I wish he wasn't so prone to compromise and/or utter and abject surrender sometimes. And for a person who is as deliberative and contemplative as he seems to be, he manages to say things without thinking them through -- the recent Muslim mosque statements controversy is entirely of his own making. But then again, I never really expected much from him; after all, he came into office explicitly stating that he thought his religious principles were more important than my civil rights. And even with a start like that, the Administration's positions on LGBT issues have been, to put it politely, wildly uneven and incoherent. But I digress.)Posted by iain at August 18, 2010 01:05 PM