I would never say that about my worst enemy.
This Monday, Ann Coulter took her pattern of personal attacks to a new level. On national television she said that rather than hurling more homophobic slurs, "If I'm gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot."
This morning, I got an email from the John Edwards campaign written by Elizabeth Edwards. Take a look:
Look, I'm not supporting anyone for president at this point. But I think the personal attacks on John Edwards are reprehensible. So, if you feel like contributing to his campaign, you've got the link.
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 issues—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 back—please give what you can today.
There are just over 3 days left to hit our $9 million goal for the end of the quarter. If we make it, we can directly reach voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and all over the country with our detailed plans on the issues that matter. Please give what you can right now to help raise the dialogue and show that Ann Coulter-style politics will never carry the day.
Why do Ann Coulter and other right-wing pundits keep attacking John? Because John's bold, specific plans hit them where it hurts: solving global warming, ending the war, building a fair economy—John's agenda threatens everything these talking heads and their corporate cronies stand for.
And they know John can win—just last week a new poll showed that John is the only Democratic candidate who beats all the possible Republican challengers—by an average of 13 points. So they are trying to take John down early. Their strategy is to sling mud and manufacture scandals—about houses, haircuts and anything else they can think of—to discredit John and take down our movement for change.
The best way to beat them is also the right way—take our message of substance straight to the voters. And that is exactly what this campaign is all about.
UPDATE: Here are the results of an MSNBC poll:
It's good to know that the American public still has some appreciation for civility.
Who is right -- Elizabeth Edwards or Ann Coulter?
Elizabeth Edwards. Ann Coulter should stop with her personal attacks against the Edwards family. - 93%
Ann Coulter. She's free to say whatever she likes - 7.2%