Ann Coulter Should Know Better

Here’s a short excerpt from Ann Coulter’s latest column from Human Events this week, which was the version that I read and linked before today:

“McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John Warner — or, as the Times now calls him, the “courtly Virginian” — want terrorists treated like Americans accused of crimes, with full access to classified information against them and a list of the undercover agents involved in their capture.”

Now, here’s the same part of Coulter’s column from Townhall:

“McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John Warner — or, as the Times now calls him, the “courtly Virginian” (“f*g-hag by proxy to Elizabeth Taylor” being beneath his dignity these days) — want terrorists treated like Americans accused of crimes, with full access to classified information against them and a list of the undercover agents involved in their capture. Liberals’ interest in protecting classified information started and ended with Valerie Plame.”

The reason you didn’t see that line in the Human Events column is because Robert Bluey edited it out. He told me that he cut it because, “That’s not a word we use in Human Events.”

You know what? Coulter should hire Bluey or someone like him to edit all of her columns because lines like, (“f*g-hag by proxy to Elizabeth Taylor” being beneath his dignity these days), do nothing but hurt her career. That line isn’t funny. It’s not making some larger point like her comments about the Jersey Girls, which started a big, much needed debate. It’s nothing but an unnecessarily mean and inflammatory non sequitur that does nothing but detract from her column.

Coulter is a brilliant writer who managed to cross the line over and over and over again, and not only has she managed to get by without paying much of a price for it, it has helped her career. But, Coulter is already famous and already at the top of her profession. She doesn’t need these exceedingly nasty little jabs to gain attention any more — and unfortunately, if she keeps spewing them out, it’s going to cause her career, eventually, to die a death of a thousand cuts and crater — that is, if Coulter doesn’t self-immolate in one big, highly offensive outburst first.

Either way, it would be a real shame because Coulter has too much talent to waste.

Hat tip to Patterico’s Pontifications for the story.

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