Kathy Shaidle

Ann Coulter ‘could not be reached immediately for comment’

Posted on June 30 2010 4:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Yeah, I don’t think that’ll be a problem for long…

Regular readers may recall my coverage of the Ann Coulter Riot in Ottawa a few months back. (I know: we’re having so many riots up here lately, Canada’s poised to lose its Most Boring Nation Triple-A status.) In case you’ve forgotten what happened when Ann Coulter came here to speak:

When I got outside one of my blog readers came up to me and told me he had been inside the hall before 7 p.m. He said a group of people rushed the hall, jostling the three people who were at a table checking student ids and those who had registered. The table got pushed aside. When the volunteers said they needed order and for people to come to the table, some of the rowdies folded the table up and threw it aside. Then the volunteers decided it was too dangerous for them and they shut the doors to the auditorium.


One gal was waving one of Ann Coulter’s books around asking whether they should burn it. “Let’s debate this,” she says.

Some have argued that University of Ottawa provost Francois Houle created the antagonistic atmosphere that eventually forced the cancellation of Ann Coulter’s talk (for “security reasons.”) That’s because Houle wrote a letter to Coulter before she arrived in Canada — a letter she shared with the world — warning her not to break any of our (constitutionally dubious) “hate speech” laws. It was a warning letter of the sort that no left wing controversialist visiting Canada has, to the best of anyone’s knowledge, ever received.

Last night, a freedom of information request filed by the Canadian Press revealed that Houle’s letter was sent at the behest of the University’s president, Allan Rock, a lifelong Liberal Party hack and former Minister of Justice. In fact, Rock himself dictated some of the wording of the letter Coulter received.

In an email to Houle suggesting the composition of said letter, Rock regales him (and now us) with samples of his deathless prose:

“Ann Coulter is a mean-spirited, small-minded, foul-mouthed poltroon.”

“She is ‘the loud mouth that bespeaks the vacant mind’.”

“She is an ill-informed and deeply offensive shill for a profoundly shallow and ignorant view of the world. She is a malignancy on the body politic.

“She is a disgrace to the broadcasting industry and a leading example of the dramatic decline in the quality of public discourse in recent times.”

Mark Steyn reacts:

…how embarrassing that the president of a leading (okay, “leading”) university doesn’t know the meaning of the word “poltroon”. Webster’s? “Spiritless coward.” The OED? “Spiritless coward.”

Say what you like about Ann Coulter but she’s no coward and she doesn’t want for spirit. “Poltroon” would seem to apply more to the shifty and dissembling Alan Rock. If he dislikes that characterization, I’d be happy to sponsor a debate between him and Miss Coulter in Ottawa, if not at his dingy campus then at the Chateau Laurier, and we’ll see who emerges most poltroon-like.

Now that’s a debate I’d be first in line to witness (wearing my “Take A Camel” t-shirt, of course). I’ll practice ducking in case anyone decides to throw a table at my head.

Meanwhile, I can’t wait to read Ann Coulter’s next column, can you?

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