What was Ann Coulter thinking?

Last week, Ann Coulter attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and referred to presidential hopeful and former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) as a “faggot.” Coulter said, “I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot,’ so I — so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards.”

Michael Goldman, political science professor, Tufts University; Democratic consultant: “She was thinking, ‘How do I make John Edwards a viable Democratic candidate? The answer is, if I attack him, the Democrats will love him.’ It could turn out that she’s on the payroll of the Edwards campaign. I know [Rep.] Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was really pissed because she didn’t mention him. The truth is, she helped Edwards.”

Jason Roe, chief of staff, Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.): “I thought she was comparing him to a cigarette in the British vernacular and I’m still confused as to why everybody is upset about that.”

Jonathan Grella, vice president of Public Affairs, Edelman Public Relations; former press secretary to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas): “I’m not kidding when I share that I was watching Coulter’s speech on C-SPAN and lamenting to a colleague that she was just too entertaining to be so scarce on TV. It was then that I was reminded of the difference between articulate and discreet. It was also a reminder that gaffes happen as much in front of friendly audiences as they do in front of unfriendly ones.”

GOP House press secretary: “Wow, he [Edwards] is yummy.”
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, former White House aide; former “Apprentice” star: “The GOP has ordered Ann Coulter to shave her head and go into rehab like Britney Spears. These remarks are just that outrageous.”

Jessica Cutler, a.k.a. Washingtonienne; former aide to former Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio): “I think she needs to be told that ‘a—f——r’ is funny, but ‘faggot’ is not. I think she was trying to do Sarah Silverman, but came off like Michael Richards instead. The weird thing is that Ann Coulter got more laughs.”

Jeff Gannon, political commentator; former White House correspondent:
“I was in the room at CPAC when Ann said it. She was making a joke and it was funny. She was mocking the very process that is taking place right now — political correctness run amok. The reference was not so much about the effeminate, blow-dried, ‘Dick Cheney, your daughter’s a lesbian ambulance-chaser,’ but how an actor’s off-camera comment that got someone’s panties in a bunch landed him in a re-education camp.”