John Edwards Camp Is Most Dishonest This Week

Scary Ann Coulter's Comments Taken Out of Context

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I don't like being put in the position of defending Ann Coulter. She doesn't exactly elevate the level of discourse in this country. But neither does a political campaign so desperate to raise money that it's been spending the last week whining about the persecution of John Edwards' hair ... and claiming that it's being victimized and hurt by a scrawny blonde pundit. Where the Barack Obama campaign is chugging along in its "fight against cynicism" and the Hillary Clinton camp is bringing out Bubba and hammering away at Bush, the Edwards camp is trotting out bogey-men (and women) like "The Washington Establishment" and Ann Coulter.

The second lowest point of the week was when Elizabeth Edwards called in to "Hardball" to defend her husband from mean ol' Ann. The lowest point was when she (or someone in the campaign pretending to be her) sent out an e-mail, with the subject line "Why I Called Ann Coulter," bragging about it.

In the e-mail, Elizabeth Edwards writes: "On Monday, Ann announced that instead of using more homophobic slurs to attack John, she will just wish that John had been 'killed in a terrorist assassination plot.'"

Considering the filth that's come out of Coulter's mouth in the past, I didn't give much thought to this ... until someone forwarded me a clip of the video (I've posted it below) from GMA, which shows Coulter's comments in context, which in turn shows the Edwards campaign to be spinning so hard, it's approaching the territory of flat-out lying. (And I won't even get into the perception that John Edwards has to get his wife to fight his battles.)

Elizabeth Edwards closes out her give-us-money e-mail by writing: "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."

Of the raft of spam I've received from campaigns this week asking for money, the e-mails from the Edwards camp have been the most vague on the issues.

That's not to say this is a bad marketing ploy. The truth is, no one's making noise about the John Edwards campaign -- which is never good for a political effort. In fact, this e-mail is probably going to work to some extent. It must be kept in mind that such mailers are sent (mostly) to those already on the team. So the purpose isn't to change minds or talk policy; it's to rally the troops and shake some loose change out of them. And, as the Republican party demonstrates quite often and quite capably, nothing does that as effectively as scaring the beejeezus out of them. Apparently John Edwards supporters find Ann Coulter very, very frightening. (As I was typing this up, I received yet another e-mail from them, this one throwing Bill O'Reilly and "the right-wing smear machine" into the mix.)

And now to the video:

Ann Coulter on GMA 6/25
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