This is an interesting idea and I would agree with the Ben Leung that the reaction by both political parties seem to have more to do with election strategising and much less to do with ideological reasoning. However, I wonder if it is to some degree “heartening” (in inverted commas so as to problematise the use of the word) that both political parties are trying to distance themselves from racism and homophobia – considering their respective pasts on those issues? That is not to say that I believe that this means that the Republican and Conservative parties have altered their fundamental ideologies. I remain very sceptical on both counts. However, can we see the fact that they would at least seem to be attempting to be “seen to be” distancing themselves from such ideologies as a sign of broader change in the political landscape? I couldn’t say, as I too have a real problem with the empty gestures of politics. It is clear that understandings of “political correctness” can damage equalities issues as people rally against the empty gestures of wanting to “be seen to be” equally minded – and the actual issues of equality get caught up with it. It is very disheartening to see a real equalities issue being appropriated for the use of mere political strategising, making the public apathetic (or even hostile) to the issue itself as well as the cynical politician who uses it in this way.As to the individuals mentioned in the article. It is hard to say exactly where Officer Mercer’s personal opinions may lie (though I would say that his quotes do ring alarm bells), I agree, but it seems quite clear from Coulter’s own website where her opinions lie. The fact that her rhetoric is, or was at some point, taken seriously is more worrying to me than the political startegising that has alienated her from the mainstream of the political right. Though it is this strategising that often obscure the underlying ideology of our chosen representative and perhaps in the current political climate that is equally worrying.
I totally disagree with Ben Leung’s article. Here in the USA, wimp or wuss is equated with being weak, less than a man, in other words gay, its homophobia plain and simple. Anne Coulter is a renowned homophobe as are most politicians in the Republican party. I find it hard to excuse Coulter’s remarks be they in quotation marks or not. These ARE her personal views, homophobia is homophobia. She even accused Hillary and Bill Clinton of being “faggots”. If she weren’t homophobic, she would not have uttered her offensive remarks, but then they are the kind of remarks one would expect from a right wing bigoted zealot.