Some people will do ANYTHING for publicity. Ann Coulter, the shrill Conservative author, really took some unbelievable cheap shots at four 9/11 widows when she labeled "The Jersey Girls" as self-obsessed opportunists who enjoy their role as widows of 9/11 victims.
I find Coulter's act rather tired, as she seems to scream bloody murder at anyone who isn't a Republican or a Conservative. (For the record, I am a very much an Independent.) But to label these women they way she has is absolutely reprehensible. The Jersey Girls, four married women from New Jersey who lost their husbands in the World Trade Center, were the ones mostly responsible for the independent commission that looked into the 9/11 disasters. They have criticized President Bush, supported John Kerry for president in 2004 and continue to argue that America still has gaping holes in its security measures.
Now you can see why Coulter has gone after them. But after her appearances on TV yesterday, where she still labeled the 9/11 widows, "witches and harpies," impress me as being more for her own publicity and selling her new book, which recently just came out. Coulter also appears to me to be from that Spike Lee/Michael Moore/Bill Maher school of saying anything to get the public's attention, no matter how stupid or outrageous. She craves publicity, and she's got a ton of it now.
Coulter has a lot of supporters, but going after women who suffered a heartbreaking loss on 9/11, and have dedicated their lives to the memories of their lost loved ones might even turn some of her most avid admirers against her.
Then again, some people will do anything for publicity. And the almighty dollar.