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Mudslinging Expert, Ann Coulter, Proves Mud Is All She Has To Offer

Reported by Deborah - August 12, 2008 -

Bill O'Reilly did a segment about the effectiveness of political mudslinging and naturally invited Ann Coulter on as the expert on the subject . Apparently, Coulter is much better slinging mud than discussing the practice rationally or intelligently. At first, Coulter did her usual routine but when BOR asked her about her mocking of Obama's middle name, she got defensive, disorganized, and clearly agitated. Finally she blamed Democrats and Andrew Sullivan.

O'Reilly used three examples of right wing mudslingers attacking Obama, Rush Limbaugh Glenn Beck and Mike Gallagher. The Limbaugh clip was really vile and probably a payback for Limbaugh badmouthing him in a New York Times article

O'Reilly had a theory that personal attacks create sympathy for the victim noting that "left wing loons" should stop attacking McCain on the DailyKos and HuffPo. Coulter avoided Obama going after John Edwards instead and then offered an incoherent definition of attack types.

When O'Reilly noted that she mocked Barack Obama's middle name the mental meltdown began. Coulter, unwilling to admit that she slings mud for a living, tried to blame Democrats for her nastiness. She was especially incensed by an article written by Andrew Sullivan,a Conservative, suggesting he was a Democrat. Here's the quote from Sullivan's article that Coulter was anxiously reciting and distorting.

"Consider this hypothetical. It’s November 2008. A young Pakistani Muslim is watching television and sees that this man—Barack Hussein Obama—is the new face of America. In one simple image, America’s soft power has been ratcheted up not a notch, but a logarithm. A brown-skinned man whose father was an African, who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, who attended a majority-Muslim school as a boy, is now the alleged enemy. If you wanted the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology,Obama’s face gets close. It proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can."

Coulter concluded, " Democrats can't have it both ways. When they think they're talking among themselves, vote for him because his name's Hussein and that will make our enemies like us and then say how dare you mention his middle name."

comment: O'Reilly obviously thinks political mudslinging is effective. That's the only reason Coulter was invited to The Factor. I doubt, however, that O'Reilly's viewers now feel sorry for Obama. I'm just sorry that Andrew Sullivan wasn't there to take on Coulter.