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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

.......I’m a little late on the Ann Coulter controversy….Still, there was an interesting discussion on O’Reilly about Coulter’s personal attacks on the Jersey Girls.

O’Reilly dismissed Coulter’s attacks, saying she was out of line to call the four 9/11 widows the “Witches of East Brunswick.” But he also noted that Coulter has some valid points that are being undermined by her shrill tone.

I didn’t know what to make of the Jersey Girls when they first started making the rounds on the TV news shows, mostly the Today Show, where Katie Couric, herself a widow, was more than sympathetic. But how can you not feel sympathy for the Jersey Girls? Their husbands went to work on what was supposed to be an average ordinary day and didn’t come home.

Grief is a very powerful motivator. But the tricky part, as we’ve seen right in Greensboro with the TRC, is when that motivation not only crosses into the political arena, but seeks accountability from people other than those directly responsible accountable for the catastrophic events responsible for that grief. That’s where the Jersey Girls opened themselves up for criticism.

Coulter can’t understand what makes the Jersey Girls so special when women are widowed every day in less spectacular fashion. Granted, the demise of your average American male doesn’t spark a worldwide war on terror. But mind you, the left made the point that dying in a terrorist attack is nothing special during the 2004 election, when the Bush administration was supposedly running a “campaign of fear.”

Here’s the bottom line: When you’re dead, you’re dead.


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