Massive chip on her Coulter
Ann's vicious screed
BY ADAM LISBERG
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
One of the controversial excerpts from Ann Coulter's new book 'Godless': 'These self-obsessed women seemed genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them.'
When their husbands were killed on 9/11, four New Jersey widows tried to find out why - and now no-holds-barred conservative pundit Ann Coulter is mercilessly denouncing them as "witches."
"I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much," Coulter writes in her new book.
Her brutal words were challenged yesterday on national television by "Today" host Matt Lauer - and she was slammed by the widows she derided as self-absorbed, limelight-seeking "harpies."
"I'd like her to meet my daughter and tell her how anyone could enjoy their father's death," said Kristen Breitweiser, one of four widows known as the "Jersey Girls."
"She sounds like a very disturbed, unraveled person," added Breitweiser.
In "Godless: The Church of Liberalism," the uncompromisingly right-wing Coulter writes the Jersey Girls have no right to criticize President Bush or any of the failures that led to the terror attacks.
"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis," Coulter writes.
"And by the way, how do we know their husbands weren't planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy. . .
"These self-obsessed women seemed genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them."
Breitweiser, Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg and Patty Casazza bonded after their husbands died on 9/11, leaving them with seven children and a desire for answers.
They pushed to create the 9/11 commission, which put out a scathing report criticizing the Clinton and Bush administrations for not taking the terrorist threat more seriously - and found New York's emergency response system wasn't prepared for a serious attack.
"Our ports have not been secured. Our borders have not been secured. We still haven't caught [Osama] Bin Laden," Van Auken said yesterday. "She's not even talking about what we were talking about. She's just attacking."
The Jersey Girls - or, as Coulter calls them, "the Witches of East Brunswick" - have been criticized before, but never like this. Van Auken told the Daily News she was stunned by the vitriol.
"Having my husband burn alive in a building brought me no joy," she said. "Watching it unfold on national TV and .seeing it repeated endlessly was beyond what I could describe. Telling my children they would never see their father again was not fun. And we had no plans to divorce."
Coulter is a fool, no shock, but she crossed a line. Everyone in New York shared in 9/11, and not in that phony bullshit gated community cower from the brown people way. They buried the dead for a year, and the funerals made the papers seven days a week.
The Jersey Girls said what a lot of New Yorkers felt, which was that Bush wasn't doing his job. Coulter may want us to worship Bush, but her ass now lives in Florida, so when she eventually loses her long overdue libel suit, she still has a home.
But I am amused at the shock over her words. They said the same shit about Cindy Sheehan and none of the people stood up for her. I'd never heard of a Gold Star Mother being so vulgarly insulted in my life, but since she didn't worship Bush or believe in the war, she was fair game.
Coulter deals in vulgarity, she defends pogroms, attacks regularly. But she picked the wrong week to fuck with New York. First DHS, then the CDC announces that security money is really another form of pork.
The only thing I can watch about 9/11 is Rescue Me, because everything is fucked up and out of wack. A human traffic accident. Everything else is bullshit, it's all fake and wrong and just horrible. You can sit through a plane crash, but the only plane movie I want to see has snakes in it. Maybe it makes people feel better, but not in New York, maybe some sick voyeurism may bring some people together, but it makes me ill. But I can watch Rescue Me because it's what happens after you lose people. Life doesn't stop, people don't stop. In some small way, Denis Leary is talking about the important part, what happens next. And in a lot of cases, it isn't pretty.
Did Coulter, with her cheap, vulgar words, ask about the PTSD suffered by 9/11 survivor families. How one woman was so ill, she squandered her money, unable to keep it or how firefighters left their families to marry their buddies widows? Or how most of these families have been left to fend for themselves? Fuck no, she doesn't care, they oppose Bush. They are, therefore, evil.
Those women she attacked, they're part of New York. They aren't acting, they aren't highly paid book writers, they are widows, who I bet are probably a lot more lonely than Coulter can imagine, who's husbands burned alive.
Maybe, just maybe, people will stop booking this hateful woman, a woman so hateful, she was fired by National Review Online. But then, hope springs eternal.
posted by Steve @ 12:02:00 AM