In case you missed the incident, here is a transcription of the slur-laden comments of Coulter at the CPAC convention:
"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot' – so... Kind of at an impasse. Can't really talk about Edwards, so I think I'll just conclude here and take your questions."Coulter was apparently trying to play off recent controversies involving Michael Richards and Tim Hardaway, trying to make an oblique condemnation of one of her favorite targets: political correctness.
Unfortunately, Coulter just made herself look like an idiot again, and her decision to describe John Edwards as a "faggot" is bizarre. To my knowledge, there have never been questions about the sexual orientation of Edwards, a married man with children. Her attempt to create controversy by using this word only succeeded in alienating even some of her supporters, as quite a few attendees of the CPAC convention expressed audible disgust with the strange attack.
I am most saddened, however, at the erosion of civil discourse in American politics. We seemingly have become a nation of people whose ideas regarding the term "debate" are reduced to slurs, personal attacks, and 10-second soundbites, and Ann Coulter is just one example - on both sides of the political aisle - of the sort of nauseating shock-punditry that passes for political debate these days.