Hey, evil wing nuts. Yeah, you. Look over here. WHY DON'T YOU LEAVE US ALONE?
Is it me, or is whining becoming the official battle cry of the Edwards campaign?
The latest complaint? How they are being mistreated by Ann Coulter.
For background, Allah links to an important contextual referent.
As I noted yesterday, Joe Trippi wrote me personally to let me know that the “right wing wingnuts” so fear John Edwards’ vision that they simply must attack him. Or, in the case of Coulter, presumably, fantasize about his death.
Today, Elizabeth Edwards emails me to let me know that the vile right wing noise machine — led by the likes of Coulter and Malkin and other hardcore, decidedly unlady-like shrews — will only stop their opportunistic attempts to distract from the dynamic specifics of John’s vision if you give the Edwards campaign your money.
Which, well, that seems a bit counterintuitive to me, but perhaps I’m just reading it wrong:
Last night I had an important talk with Ann Coulter and I want to tell you what happened.
On Monday, Ann announced that instead of using more homophobic slurs to attack John, she will just wish that John had been “killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”
Where I am from, when someone does something that displeases you, you politely ask them to stop. So when I heard Ann was going to be on “Hardball” last night, I decided to call in and ask her to engage on the issues and stop the personal attacks. I told her these kinds of personal attacks lower our political dialogue at precisely the time when we need to raise it, and set a bad example for our children.
How did she respond? Sadly, perhaps predictably, with more personal attacks.
John’s campaign is about the issuesÃ¢â‚¬â€but pundits like Ann Coulter are trying to shout him down. If they will not stop, it is up to us cut through the noise. Help us fight backÃ¢â‚¬â€please give what you can today.
Of course, some of you may question the sincerity of such a plea — particularly coming as it does from a woman who smeared a neighbor in the press, and who was (rumor has it) responsible for the Edwards campaign’s decision to bring into its, er, folds, a particularly egregious Vagina Warrior not famous for her civility. Or her choice in hairstyles.
To which I say, how DARE you question Ms Edwards desire not to see her husband attacked.
Too, some of you might be a little skeptical about Ms Edwards stated intentions for calling into “Hardball” to confront Coulter. Which is to say, rather than coming off as a courtesy call to ask Coulter to “engage in the issues,” the gambit may strike the more cynical among you as being somehow carefully planned and gimmicky — as a way to elevate her own profile and the profile of the campaign.
And that’s just preposterous. Elizabeth Edwards cares only about the issues — and those of you who’d argue that she’s angling to be this election cycle’s Teresa Heinz-Kerry or (circa 1992) Hillary Clinton are simply AFRAID TO ENGAGE JOHN ON THE ISSUES.
Which, from what I can gather, are (in no particular order) the “right wing wing nuts’” war on John’s Vision, and the necessity of giving to the campaign in order to prevent the “right wing wing nuts” from distracting from John’s message — a message that has them RUNNING SCARED, forcing them to attack John’s Vision, something that can only be prevented by giving and returning attention to the dynamism of John’s VisionMessage.
Whatever that happens to be.
So shame on those of you who want to make this campaign about personal attacks. This country needs leadership. And nothing says leadership more than having your wife run interference for your campaign in order to butch it up a bit.
God Bless the Bunnies.
update: “Hardball” is saying Coulter knew about the call beforehand. So it is not proper to call it an ambush, but still proper, I think, to call it a stunt.
Of course, it would be interesting to know how long before the show Coulter was told, and whether or not she had time to prepare. Clearly the Edwards campaign did.