Ann Coulter took to the O'Reilly Factor yesterday to set the record straight on New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino. Let's be clear: he doesn't hate gay people, just the ones who want rights.
See, Coulter explained to O'Reilly, Paladino wasn't talking about all gay people when he told an audience in Williamsburg, "I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don't want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option - it isn't." Just those "gay left-wing activists."
Apparently believing that your life is just as "valid and successful" as someone else's makes you an activist — and also totally fair game for homophobic hate. Maybe Coulter's just mad that some saw her speaking at a convention for gay conservatives as a dilution of her usual insanity (though saying, "Marriage is not a civil right. You're not black" certainly kept the crazy flowing). Whatever the case, it's always scary when Bill O'Reilly is the reasonable guy in the room, which often seems to happen when Ann Coulter comes around. I now think her purpose as a Fox News guest is to bear out the network's "fair and balanced" tagline — which O'Reilly helpfully reiterates — by balancing "merely wrong" with "totally fucking nuts."
Ann Coulter Defends Paladino's Anti-Gay Tirade [Newser]
Ann Coulter Takes A Stab At Defending Carl Paladino's Anti-Gay Comments [Mediaite]
Ann Coulter At Homocon: 'Marriage Is Not A Civil Right. You're Not Black.' [Talking Points Memo]
Outflanked On Right, Coulter Seeks New Image [NYT]