First, Glenn Beck throws in the white flag on gay marriage, as Politics Daily reported
earlier this month, and now Ann Coulter has gone AWOL on what just a short time ago was considered a battle flag issue for conservative culture warriors.
The latest controversy on the right began late last week when it was revealed
that Coulter, the brutally straight-talking author and pundit, was going to headline next month's HomoCon 2010,
an annual event organized by GOProud, a group of gay Republicans.
Coulter has been called
"notoriously homophobic" by some critics, but she has also described herself as a gay-friendly "right-wing Judy Garland."
It was the HomoCon appearance, however, set for a Sept. 25 gala in New York, that put her beyond the pale for some of her fellow conservative Christians.
Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative news site WorldNetDaily, dumped Coulter from the upcoming Taking Back America event in Miami, saying the decision
was "gut-wrenching" because the group loves Coulter, but that it was also necessary.
"Ultimately, as a matter of principle, it would not make sense for us to have Ann speak to a conference about 'taking America back' when she clearly does not recognize that the ideals to be espoused there simply do not include the radical and very 'unconservative' agenda represented by GOProud," said Farah. "The drift of the conservative movement to a brand of materialistic libertarianism is one of the main reasons we planned this conference from the beginning."
Coulter told Farah to chill. "They hired me to give a speech, so I'm giving a speech. I do it all the time."
But over the weekend the conflict started to go nuclear, which seems inevitable given the personalities involved.
On the early morning Fox News talk show, "The Red Eye," Coulter called out Farah
and his allies for their objections to her HomoCon appearance.
"These are fake Christians trying to get publicity," she declared.
She also told The Daily Caller
that Farah was a "publicity whore" and a "swine" who could "give less than two s---- about the conservative movement."
"Coulter called me a 'publicity whore' for my decision. But look who is on television talking about this -- throwing mud, name-calling, smearing not only me but my entire staff," Farah responded in a statement
"I will not engage in the kind of ad hominem attacks that have made Coulter so famous and that are making her even more of a media darling in this age of reckless anger and character assassination for the sake of entertainment. Every day, since we made this decision at WND, I thank God for giving me the clarity of mind and discernment to make the right choice."
"No enemies on the right" is an old bit of conservative wisdom. But now it's getting hard to figure out just where the right is.