It’s almost the end of the fundraising quarter and John Edwards needs more cash, so Ann Coulter lays another golden cash egg for him to use. On Good Morning America Ann Coulter was talking about her latest book, attacking liberals and during her interview she said, â€œIf Iâ€™m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.â€ The next day Coulter was on MSNBCâ€™s “Hardball, and John Edwards’ wife Elizabeth Edwards called to talk with Coulter. She wanted to ask Coulter to stop the personal attacks on John, but Coulter just talked over her, and asked them to stop using her name in fundraising schemes. The Edwards campaign used these two videos to help raise cash, and it worked because they are reporting that they have raised more money this weekend, than from any other email campaign. From one of the emails Elizabeth Edwards explains, “I told her these kinds of personal attacks lower our political dialogue at precisely the time when we need to raise it, and set a bad example for our children. How did she respond? Sadly, perhaps predictably, with more personal attacks.â€ â€œPlease give what you can right now to help raise the dialogue and show that Ann Coulter-style politics will never carry the day,” Mrs. Edwards wrote. John Edwards was on Hardball the next day after Coulter, and he said, “I don’t think she has any shame. There’s no doubt about that. And her response to any effort to raise the dialogue, to talk about things that people care about, is to attack in a mean, hateful, mean-spirited way. I think that’s just the way she behaves. That’s who she is. And I think that’s a lot of what we see from these people who are just — that are crazy.” Edwards said that Elizabeth Edwards took it upon herself to call Coulter, and stand by her man. The whole response looks pretty calculated, and judging from the big cash flow from contributions and the media buzz, it looks like it worked.
Here are two videos supplied by John Edwards campaign that show this whole exchange;
Here is Ann Coulter on Good Morning America 6/25;
And here is Elizabeth Edwards calling Ann Coulter on Hardball 6/26;