Respectable conservatives are wrong to be upset at Ann Coulter for deriding John Edwards – she’s acting in the best tradition of Anglo libertarianism.
Ad hominem should not be the exclusive preserve of liberals.
Dem and European attacks on this administration falsely assert its incompetence, dishonesty, lack or education, lack of intelligence, and mindless aggressiveness.
Conservatives are taught (or at least I was) that the best responses to ad hominem are dignified silence or factual rebuttal.
But that only works when the ad hominem attacker has some decency. Unfortunately the Dems and their boosters have none -they seek America’s defeat, moral impoverishment, and economic destruction. In consequence their presidential candidates are unprincipled nonentities. So Coulter was right to deride them:
“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,'” Coulter said.
She later reassured gays:
“C’mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean,”…
Ann Coulter continues the glorious and healthy Anglo practice of wittily insulting unspeakable people. Here’s John Wilkes – a supporter of American independence – in a 1773 parliamentary debate:
Lord Sandwich: “‘Pon my soul, Wilkes, I don’t know whether you’ll die upon the gallows or of the pox.”
Wilkes: “That depends, my Lord, whether I first embrace your Lordship’s principles, or your Lordship’s mistresses.”
Hopefully Coulter will update this to use against the dreadful Clinton female.