Barack Obama is a seasoned politician. He can withstand the barbs directed his way, even those loaded with vitriol and hate. But innocent people -- some of the most innocent and kind-hearted people I have ever met -- were slandered by Coulter's hateful and ignorant tweet.
I don't care if you agree with her politics, as extreme and hateful as they may be. If you don't rise up with other people of good heart and strong morals to reject her hateful Tweet and her hateful style of punditry, you need to look in the mirror and reassess your own values.
There are people like John Frank Stevens who were swept up in Coulter's sophomoric expression of derision the other night who can stand up for themselves and he does so beautifully in the blog linked below. There are other people such as my nephew Daniel Litterski (the namesake of my father) who lack the ability to communicate so clearly and so powerfully. But Daniel, for all of his limitations, has always demonstrated a wealth of love, kindness and gentleness that people like Ann Coulter may never know. His sense of humor and his wit are two of his great assets. His love of family and friends is boundless.
When my father died, Daniel was still very young ... perhaps about 6 years old. During the funeral service he sat next to me and held my hand for a good part of the time, trying to comfort me as I sobbed quietly.
Today, I look at my true buddy Daniel (who graduated from high school in May and will be visiting us soon for our daughter's wedding) and then I look at Ann Coulter and I know that she is the one who clearly has a serious impairment when it comes to human relations. Given a choice of having Daniel's strengths or Ann Coulter's weaknesses, I would always come down on the side of being more like Daniel. ALWAYS.