Lisa De Pasquale

It appears that all Elizabeth Edwards gleaned from the 2004 election is John Kerry’s political savoir-faire. The difference, however, is that while Senator Kerry picked on soldiers, Mrs. Edwards goes for the big fish like Limbaugh and Coulter. Heaven forbid that anyone suggest she’s just doing it for media attention. That’s something that only outrageous conservatives would do!

A familiar theme in Elizabeth Edwards’ condemnation of conservatives is suggesting that they shouldn’t be allowed to speak. In the quote above, Mrs. Edwards questions those who “allow [Rush Limbaugh] to be on the air.” In her “surprise” confrontation with Ann Coulter on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Mrs. Edwards said, “And I am going to ask you again to politely stop using personal attacks as part of your dialogue. If you can‘t write [columns and books] without them, then that is fine.”

Apparently, only Elizabeth “Slummy” Edwards can decide what constitutes a personal attack. I sure hope Senator Clinton doesn’t take it personally that she has a less “joyful” life and “behaves like a man.” Likewise, I hope Senator Barack Obama doesn’t take it personally that Mrs. Edwards thinks he’s only getting press and fundraising dollars because he’s a black candidate. Next thing you know she’ll be saying that the media wants to see a black presidential candidate succeed and then there goes her stint on ESPN!

By contrast, the media was in a tizzy when Rush Limbaugh made a similar statement on ESPN’s GameDay about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Limbaugh said, “The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback can do well — black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well.”

The working definition of “personal attacks” is any time a conservative says something “mean.” However unfair, let’s suppose this definition is applied to liberals like Elizabeth Edwards. Until now she has had carte blanche to tell Coulter she shouldn’t write books or columns, announce that Rush shouldn’t be on the air and is faking a disability, and accuse the media of focusing on Senator Obama because he’s black. Sounds like it’s time for Elizabeth Edwards to go to rehab.

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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