The conservative pundit on spiked heels came to town last week, and they are still picking up the pieces at two citadels of saintly scholarship in Minnesota -- St. Olaf College in Northfield and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. I have already written about the miniskirted screechfest at St. Thomas, and I'd be glad to never mention it again. Except for the fact that left behind her, amid the wreckage of civil discourse, is that useful flotsam often found in the wake of a disaster: A teachable moment.First, as a guy who doesn't like writing about Ms. Coulter, why write two columns about her? Personally, I find her annoying, hyperbolic and unnecessarily mean. However, she does have two things in her favor: she's a better fact checker than Michael Moore (and Nasty Nick for that matter), and much easier on the eyes than both aforementioned gents.
I have difficulty understanding where Coleman gets the standing to complain about incivility. He's the gent who wrote a vitrolic, personal, fact-challanged attack on the gents at Power Line last year, after all. (The column is no longer online, so the link goes to a post I wrote about it.) He didn't have anything to say about liberal hate speech when Howard Dean, the little-known Democrat who occupies the insignificant little post of Democratic National Committee chairman, was busy telling all who would listen how he hates Republicans and how the Republican party and all its works are evil. Or when Michael Moore was making specious accusations about how President Bush may have been responsible for the events of September 11, 2001. Any word from Nick? (crickets chirping... and chirping.... ) In short, before Nick Coleman starts judging others on their civility, he should try practicing some himself first.