CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Ann Coulter works so hard as a public speaker and conservative newspaper columnist that she has apparently strip-mined to bare earth her patch of mental real estate. Turns out she is recycling anti-gay pejoratives. Last year, she called Al Gore a "total fag," and two days ago she used the word "faggot" to describe former Sen. John Edwards.
In other words, Coulter apparently has lost the ability to come up with anything new. Does that mean more sales, more stardom, more power for the fagged out columnist? Or does it mean she lacks creativity -- a development that leaves her only with the hardest-working mouth in show business?
The newspapers that buy her column from the Universal Press Syndicate seem to have an unquenchable thirst for a soiled piece of conservatism. But they probably should start wondering: What is her inspiring moral quality?
Below is a transcript of an MSNBC interview last year, and it shows she called Gore a fag while speaking to Chris Matthews, who sat there and did not upbraid her for using such an offensive word .
MATTHEWS: Let me ask you about your private life. How do you know that Bill Clinton's gay?
COULTER: He may not be gay, but Al Gore, total fag. No, I'm just kidding. As someone, no --
MATTHEWS: That's based on your private life?
COULTER: No, that's a joke.
COULTER: That's what we call in the writing business, a joke. No, I mean, I state a manifestly obvious fact. Someone pointed out on Free Republic, I think a little disgruntled yesterday, Ann's amazing capacity is to state the obvious and make it news. I mean, everyone has always known, widely promiscuous heterosexual men have, as I say, a whiff of the bathhouse about them.
'MATTHEWS: But, you know, you were on -- I was watching you on Deutsch [CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch] last night. I watched it because it was all over the blog sites, you can't miss it.
'MATTHEWS: You were immortal in that interview by the way. And you said it because you were sort of pushed to say it. I just wonder if you believe it.
COULTER This is standard --
MATTHEWS: It's a joke. It's a joke.
COULTER I -- I --
MATTHEWS: It's not a joke.
COULTER It's not only not a joke, it's not even surprising. If feminists were not so in love with Bill Clinton, this is like standard --
H/T Media Matters for the Gore is fag material.