November 30, 2011 / 9:46 PM / 8 years ago

Coulter sets record straight about McCain name-calling

Commentator Ann Coulter speaks to the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

LOS ANGELES ( - Well, it looks like we all owe Ann Coulter an apology.

Mere hours after raising eyebrows and generating headlines by seemingly calling Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.) a “douchebag,” the conservative pundit appeared on “The Joy Behar Show” to set the record straight.

No, Coulter clarified, she didn’t call McCain a douchebag. She called him a dickweed.

See? All better!

“I don’t want to be bleeped again, but I said dickweed,” Coulter told Behar. “I thought you could say that,” Coulter said. “They were talking about the lack of consistency ... I was making the point, I don’t think consistency is the most important value ... And you know, look at John McCain, he was consistently a dickweed.”

A significant portion of Coulter’s appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday was bleeped out, prompting many to test their lip-reading skills and conclude that she had called McCain a douchebag. While Coulter’s exact statement wasn’t made apparent, it was clear that she had used verboten language — shortly after the offending comments were made, host Joe Scarborough said, apparently to the control room, “Just blur it all out.”

Scarborough also engaged in a bit of digital butt-covering after the show, tweeting, “John McCain is a great American hero. All of us on ‘Morning Joe’ thank him for his service to America. He is a great man.”

Reminded by Behar that “Morning Joe” guest Mark Halperin was suspended in June after calling President Obama a “dick,” Coulter quipped, “They will not be able to use the 2012 Republican campaign slogan, which is going to be ‘Obama: He’s Kind of a Dick.’”

Sounds like there might be some stiff competition in the political arena next year.

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