That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Were it not for Elizabeth Edwards phone call to confront Ann Coulter on “Hardball” on Tuesday, I would have completely forgotten that the latter was still around. Does anyone really take Ann Coulter seriously, other than for the spectacle of it all? Who else gets rebooked on talk shows after saying comments like they wish a candidate “had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.” Change a few words and she wouldn’t be hearing from chat show producers, but the Secret Service.
Nevertheless, what “Hardball” did do that other shows did not was provide an opportunity for Edwards to respond. And victory surely goes to his campaign, which, like they did last quarter, gets a chance to raise an additional round of Coulter cash from supporters “outraged” at the remarks. Elizabeth Edwards appealed to supporters in an e-mail today: “John’s campaign is about the issues—but pundits like Ann Coulter are trying to shout him down. If they will not stop, it is up to us cut through the noise. Help us fight back—please give what you can today.” There is a method behind the madness.
Fair and Balanced: The Democrats are out to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, the long abandoned provision that required broadcasters to give airtime to opposing points of view. Backers see it as a way to return to the genteel nature of political debate (time has a way of warping history) and opponents see it as a plot to wipe out talk radio (something tells me that Limbaugh, et. al. will survive no matter what).
Buffett’s Big Night: Warren Buffett appeared at a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, giving what her aides said were praiseworthy remarks but otherwise not offering an official endorsement.
Hillary’s List: The Clinton campaign announced a list today of its “LGBT Americans for Hillary Steering Committee.” Among the industry names on the list: Greg Berlanti, Chad Griffin, Bruce Cohen, Ilene Chaiken, Hilary Rosen and Sheila James Kuehl.
Edwards Event: Before John Edwards appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Monday, he attended a fund-raising reception at the home of Brett Ratner. The star power didn’t match Ratner’s fund-raiser last month for Hillary Clinton, but it did draw Oliver Stone and Joe Simpson, Jessica Simpson’s father.
WireImage photo: Simpson, Edwards, Ratner.