Coulter called liberals "personally nasty," as she and Rosen issued personal attacks on liberals

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After saying on the October 4 broadcast of Newsradio 850 KOA's The Mike Rosen Show that she "take[s] a lot of shots at -- well, lots of people," guest Ann Coulter claimed that "[t]hese aren't personal attacks," but rather "about our country, and liberals are not like that. They are personally nasty." Earlier in the program, Coulter referred to liberals as "really retarded in certain ways" and asserted that "they have no respect for other humans and other souls."

Later, after Coulter said that "college Republican girls are invariably beautiful," host Mike Rosen asked, "And they shave their legs and they use underarm deodorant too, don't they?" Rosen later added, "You've got the adorable college Republicans girls on the one hand, and then you've got [White House correspondent] Helen Thomas on the other." Coulter replied, "Right, no it is basically like that. You can look out over the audience and, just on the basis of pulchritude, figure out who are the right-wingers and who are the liberals."

Rosen and Coulter were discussing her latest book, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans (Crown Forum, October 2007).

From the October 4 broadcast of Newsradio 850 KOA's The Mike Rosen Show:

ROSEN: Let's take a look at Hillary. I mean, clearly Hillary is a brainy person, isn't she? She's got a high IQ; she's smart.

COULTER: Yes, it's a devilish thing about liberals that they seem to do well at tests and yet they can never see the larger theme emerging. They're also really retarded in certain ways.

ROSEN: Let me give you my take on it, for whatever it's worth. I would concede that Hillary is brainy, so why does Hillary embrace the policies she embraces? Couple reasons. Number one, because she's very ambitious, she's a political opportunist, and she advances programs and ideas that she thinks will get her elected so she'll have power. On another level, some other brainy Democrats who don't aspire to political office embrace the ideas they embrace because even though they have brains, their brains are overwhelmed by their emotions. How about that?

COULTER: I think it's just a principle-less, moral-less -- I mean, precisely because they are smart, they want to run our lives. They think they know it all.

ROSEN: Mmm-hmm.

COULTER: And they have no respect for other humans and other souls. They think they're God. I think that's at the root of it, and being smart, or book smart, SAT test smart, doesn't really help them.

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COULTER: I mean, I think liberals are manifestly more personally nasty. I mean, I take a lot of shots at -- well, lots of people, but say Teddy Kennedy. I wouldn't be nasty to him if I ran into him in a hallway. I don't think I particularly want to be on a stage with him. It's one thing to be talking with people in the public arena who are making policies that are going to affect your life and ideas and movements that are out there, to be writing about people involved in that. These aren't personal attacks. This is about our country, and liberals are not like that. They are personally nasty. Many.

ROSEN: OK.

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COULTER: I mean, the college Republicans have gotten, just in the past five, six, seven years, you know, I used to be picked up at college campuses by the college Republicans who had invited me there, give the speech, question-and-answer and everything, and then I'd go out to dinner with the college Republicans, which was always great, 'cause, you know, it was me and 20 guys. And in the past five or six years, oh, no, no, no -- it is at least 50/50, and the reason all my male friends love coming to college speeches with me is, the college Republican girls are invariably beautiful.

ROSEN: And they shave their legs and they use underarm deodorant too, don't they?

COULTER: This is why we're going to win in the end, Mike. You ought to see these college Republican clubs.

ROSEN: You've got the adorable college Republicans girls on the one hand, and then you've got [White House correspondent] Helen Thomas on the other.

COULTER: Right, no it is basically like that. You can look out over the audience and, just on the basis of pulchritude, figure out who are the right-wingers and who are the liberals.

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