Democrats were not the only denouncing Ms. Coulter. "The comments were wildly inappropriate," said Brian Jones, a spokesman for Senator John McCain, a Republican candidate for president who did not attend.
Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said: "It was an offensive remark. Governor Romney believes all people should be treated with dignity and respect."
Meanwhile Pam Spaulding isn't happy with the Democrat's response to Coulter's remarks. John Edwards immediately sent out a fundraising letter to raise some "Coulter cash". Spaulding:
The above says all we need to know about the continuing inability and lack of desire of Dems to move past 2004 (HRC's Joe Solomonese has no problem pointing this out about Republicans -- see Eva's post), but what does that Edwards e-release do to condemn homophobia?
Nothing. It doesn't even mention "gay," "lesbian," or "homophobia." It doesn't point out that Coulter's use of "faggot" as a slur on Edwards is also what spills from the lips of the kind of people who beat up a gay man for wearing pink pants, or murder a 72-year-old gay man by slamming him with a metal pipe.
Why say this:
Coulter's resorting to the classic right-wing strategy of riling up hate to smear a progressive champion.
...when you can't even spend one paragraph explaining what hate is being riled up? Certainly if she had belted out "nigger," we would have seen releases go out mentioning "racism" and black people.
I can't even begin to address the fact that the Edwards campaign used this as an e-fundraising tactic right out of the box. It cheapens the message beyond all reason. This required a separate response not tied to an ATM request.
If you're a homo, the message from Dems is that we're still invisible (see Dean's statement), the crazy granny in the attic, and only the granny's nearly feeble caretaker is allowed to say anything -- and even HRC never mentions gays or lesbians at all in its release (outside of its irrelevant boilerplate at the end). Even our advocacy organization couldn't find a paragraph to place Coulter's comments into context of the larger issue of homophobia.
Pam is a liberal blogger. Unlike the HRC or John Aravosis, she is intellectually honest and holds both Democrats and Republicans accountable.