WASHINGTON -- I wrestled with myself about writing this column about Ann Coulter, and yet, I am here.
Any ink, blog or airtime on Coulter's latest rants just feeds her self-serving business model. She says something outrageous in an interview or speech and that spawns yet more publicity to fuel her book sales.
I decided to give Coulter attention here she does not deserve because of the off-the-charts interest in a blog item I posted last week pegged to Coulter's intolerant comments about Jews. The post featured reaction from Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), who called her out as an anti-Semite.
"Why [oh] why does the media keep giving that bigoted woman any air time?" was the reasonable question asked by Lenore Wilkas in the comment she submitted for posting on my blog.
Wilkas, 63, a Realtor from Foster City, Calif., describes the Coulter germ: "Everything coming out of her mouth is aimed at making headlines, and the media runs right out and gives her what she's trying to get, more attention for her stupid, racist, bigoted remarks."
'We just want Jews to be perfected'
Coulter's latest affront to civil society came in an Oct. 8 interview on CNBC's "The Big Idea" hosted by Donny Deutsch.
"If you had your way ... and your dreams, which are genuine, came true ... what would this country look like?" Deutsch asked.
Coulter responded, "It would look like New York City during the  Republican National Convention. In fact, that's what I think heaven is going to look like." She added, "People were happy. They're Christian. They're tolerant. They defend America."
Deutsch sought clarification: "It would be better if we were all Christian?"
Coulter said, "Yes."
Pressed by Deutsch regarding whether she wanted to be like "the head of Iran" and "wipe Israel off the Earth," Coulter stated: "No, we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say."
Though Deutsch protested that he was offended, a comment posted by Larry Braxton, 70, a retired educator from Las Vegas showed no pity.
"Mr. Deutsch got just what he deserved," Braxton wrote. "Did he think he was immune from the caustics generated by this sick and psychotic amoeba? He wanted some good ratings. He got some good ratings, I guess. Personally, I stopped watching his show about a year ago."
Coulter's comments are contemptible -- not because of her evangelical theology -- but because she seems willfully unaware that talk that Jews have to be converted has historically fueled anti-Semitism.
"Just imagine what would happen if some notable left of center pundit (and I don't mean to suggest the demented Coulter is notable in the same sense) made such hateful and bigoted anti-Semitic remarks," wrote Richard Knabel, 67, a retired college professor from West Tisbury, Mass.
Actually, I can imagine what would happen. Conservative and right-wing special interest groups -- and various Republican organizations -- would invoke the bigot's comments in a fund-raising appeal as fast as you could say "e-mail."
Speaking of God -- Irene Haralabatos, 41, a physician from Huntingdon Valley, Pa., near Philadelphia, summarized her horror over Coulter with IM shorthand in her post to my blog:
"OMG. No matter how tolerant some of these fundies (or fundie wannabe, in Ann's case) say they are, in truth, not only do they think that their religion is right ... They think that everyone should either convert or be damned. Basically, she is stuck in medieval times. Crusades, anyone?"
These are times where religious tolerance and reconciliation is being tested for faiths other than Judaism. The United States is struggling to understand the Islamic fundamentalism that led to 9/11 and the rise of al-Qaida. There are people who may not vote for GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, because he is a Mormon.
Gideon Money, 43, who calls himself a "disenfranchised IT specialist" from Indianapolis, sent a good summary quote to my blog. Coulter is "an offensive harpy" who "will say anything to sell her poorly written propaganda books."
Condemning Coulter seems not as effective as figuring out a practical way to lessen her media megaphone. I plead guilty today to being an accessory.