Bob Wright Kicks Kaus Around on Issue of Ann Coulter’s Unbelievably Vile Statements About the Relatives of Terror Victims
When someone says: “I love so-and-so to death,” you can bet that “so-and-so” is about to be slammed — hard.
You know that the speaker’s next sentence is bound to begin with the word “but.”
I love Mickey Kaus to death.
But . . .
It’s just devastating. I was cackling out loud.
Here is a transcription of one small excerpt:
Kaus: She says what she thinks. She thinks they’re harpies, she says they’re harpies. There is something — there is something . . .
Wright: Well, let’s get back to them enjoying the deaths of their husbands. Do you think she’s right about that?
Kaus: Well, it’s weird. I thought that was a very offensive thing to say, in that, in that, uh, you know, she was implying that they, overall, they were happy their husbands were dead. And she doesn’t really say that. She just, uh –
Wright: So, “enjoying their husbands’ deaths” . . .
Kaus: She doesn’t say that. She says she’s never seen grieving widows enjoy the deaths of their husband more. It doesn’t mean that overall, they’re not, like, wildly unhappy. It just means that, uh –
Wright: That they’re literally enjoying the deaths of their husbands? So, I mean, let’s take an example. I mean, this happens across the political spectrum, OK, that people acquire a platform by virtue of tragedy, like this right-wing writer David Gelertner. . . . [I]f he hadn’t opened a bomb sent by the Unabomber, we probably never would have become familiar with his political writings, because they wouldn’t have existed. . . . I would never say, as much as I dislike his writing, I would never say: “I’ve never seen someone so enjoy being maimed.” That would be a stupid thing to say. If I said it in a fit of rage, it would mean I had lost control of my senses briefly. If I said it in a book, it would mean that it was calculated to antagonize people; it was calculatedly outrageous — and I’m sure you’ll agree at least this much, Mickey, this was a classic calculatedly outrageous Ann Coulter sentence. I mean, it’s even hard for me to get outraged about it, the calculation is so obvious. You’ll agree to that, surely — right?
. . . .
Kaus: . . . [I]f you read the remarks in context, they do not seem that bad. In fact, there are things –
Wright: They don’t seem that bad? Wouldn’t you call me stupid if I said about Gelertner, that I’ve never seen somebody so enjoy being maimed? Wouldn’t that be stupid?
Kaus: It would be very stupid — but I think that’s worse –
Wright: Oh, but that’s not analogous to this?
Kaus: I actually think that’s worse than this.
Wright: That’s worse?
Kaus: Yeah, because you’re playing on someone’s physical deformity.
Wright: Oh, as opposed to somebody’s mere death.
There’s lots more like that. If I had time, I’d transcribe it all. As it stands, you’ll just have to watch it. Wright gets in some awesome zingers.
Sorry, Mickey. You know I love you to death!