Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Coulter Vulture

Ann Coulter's new book has been out only a day, but the money quote already has been hoisted up the "Today Show" flagpole. It refers to a partisan faction of the 9/11 widows, known informally as the Jersey Girls:

"These self-obsessed women seem genuinely unaware that 9-11 was an attack on our nation and acted like as if the terrorist attack only happened to them. They believe the entire country was required to marinate in their exquisite personal agony. Apparently, denouncing Bush was part of the closure process." And this part is the part I really need to talk to you about: "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husband’s death so much."

Coulter is perfumed with hyperbole, as usual, but Confederate Yankee, I think, gets to the core of the point:

Both sides have been "grief pimps" at times, trotting out survivors of one tragedy or another who conveniently fit their political needs of the day, but is it s a disingenuous person indeed that attacks the messenger for this, instead of an obviously perverse message.

The so-called Jersey Girls have my sympathy for their personal loss, but they are not qualified to preach unopposed about matters of public policy.

No one is.