Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Coulter Cites Lost Opportunity

Coulter Says Sorry Cheney "Didn't Shoot A Raghead"

"Should Have Invited Clinton, Rall, Trudeau, and the NY Times and Really Made It A Good Day"

Conservative, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter says, today, that she's not understanding "what all the liberal fuss is", concerning the shooting incident involving Vice President Dick Cheney this past weekend.

"It was a hunting accident," said the paper-thin blonde bomber. "I mean, really, there are hundreds for these things every year. There's nothing special about just because it was Dick Cheney."

Coulter added "there'll probably be another Toles cartoon in the Post" and that she wishes "that more GOPers carried shotguns around Washington" so they could "do away with need for the mid-terms coming up this year."

Coulter is, reportedly, on "probation" with the Republican National Committee, and the Bush White House, after her comments last month that Justice John Paul Stevens should be poisoned.

Speaking at Philander Smith College in Arkansas, Coulter remarked that more conservative justices were needed on the Supreme Court to change the current law on abortion.

"We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' crème brulee," Coulter said.

Coulter was called on the carpet by the White House, after it was determined that the Bush Administration had real consequences to deal with following her remarks.

Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff said that Coulters remarks, whether serious or a joke, have already caused "enormous ramifications".

"We have to go back to Congress now, for a Supplemental Budget increase," said Chertoff. "This could take some money away from our Katrina recovery efforts. It causes us a great deal of logistics, new equipment … For instance, we have to have a staff of new chefs and food tasters now for, not just the Supreme Court, but all the Federal Courts. We have to notify, then have workshops, for all the state agencies, to educate them on this new, Cream Brulee threat."

Lost Opportunity

This morning, Coulter also stated that the hunting trip take by Vice President Cheney was a "lost opportunity."

"He should have invited a few rag heads, along with Clinton, Rall, Trudeau and as many for the New York Times, and really made it a good day. He could have left Mr. Whittington alone."

In a speech last week annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) boasted "I think our motto should be post-9-11, 'raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences,' as well as bemoaning not taking a shot at former President Bill Clinton, in response to the Danish-Muslim Cartoon controversy, tied Ted Rall, Garry Trudeau and the New York Times to Iran's call for editorial cartoons lampooning and insulting the Holocaust.

Rall May Sue

Editorial cartoonist Ted Rall, in an interview with Editors & Publishers yesterday, indicated me may sue Coulter for her remarks.

Rall, on his blog, is soliciting advice from his readers on whether, or not, to sue Coulter, and asking for pledges totaling $6,000 needed to file the lawsuit.

In the E&P interview, Rall said people were voting roughly 3-1 in favor of suing and that "pledges are coming in fast."

"If pledges continue to come in at the present rate, I'll have the $6,000 available by tonight," Rall said. "A lot of people are fed up with how Coulter has turned slandering liberals into a cottage industry and want to see her held to account. I'm actually fairly overwhelmed by the response -- more than 300 pledges, many in the $20 to $100 range."

He added: "I'm getting so many e-mail pledges with the same subject line -- 'Sue Coulter' -- that I'm beginning to think her first name is Sue!"

Ironically, as E&P points out, the conservative Coulter is distributed by the Universal Press Syndicate, the same distributor for the liberal Rall and Trudeau.

New White House Press Policy Could Save Coulter

With the White House launching a new policy as to their media strategy, for Vice President Dick Cheney's shooting, Coulter may gain back the complete confidence of the Bush Administration.

"We certainly appreciate Ann's support and views," said White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan.

Dan Bartlett, counselor to the President, and former Communications Director, and one of the architects of the new White House Media Strategy, along with Chief of Staff Andy Card, said that Coulter could be "part of our plans."

"She's a private citizen, as well as a great journalist, said Bartlett, "That would most definitely qualify her to release breaking news for the Administration."

"And, added Bartlett, "I believe she has a winter ski cabin up in the mountains someplace, so that would fit in our plans perfectly. Likely there's a little, sleepy weekly paper there that could get the big scoop from her"

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