Thesaurus Rex, over at Shakespeare’s Sister makes one of the best observations about the Blond Banshee’s claim that the Sept. 11th widow’s are unassailable:
The ‘droids of the Reich Wing are in full rout. Ann Coulter is far, far out on a limb with her latest attacks on the 9/11 widows and sawing fast. But the rats who have chosen to stay on the ship to support her (Horowitz and Mary Magdalen Matalin, notably) are pushing this meme that critics can’t or aren’t allowed to “respond to” Cindy Sheehan and the 9/11 widows.
Okay, let’s get something straight here. First of all, you can respond to Sheehan and the 9/11 widows all you want. Listen to what they’re saying and respond to it. They say they’re unhappy with the measures taken since 9/11 to assure that no one else has to walk in their shoes. A Republican could respond to that by pointing to all the steps the administration has taken to improve our security situation, such as they are.
What you can’t do is swift-boat these people. They have suffered a legitimate and agonizing personal loss. They’re a blazing, maddening red flag to the Rightards because their loss can’t be minimized or questioned. It is real.
There’s something the Blond Banshee and her fellow travellers don’t get: there is a difference between responding to an argument and character assassination. Too bad they don’t get that.