'Why Should I Rally Around the President?'

J$P Instant Transcript! Ann Coulter vs Bob Beckel, who uses an Italian (?) word we couldn't find in the dictionary.

From Fox & Friends, November 3 2004:

STEVE DOOCY [FOX NEWS]: In D.C. right now, Bob Beckel, Democratic Strategist and Fox News Contributor/Man Crying In His Beer. And here in our studio is Ann Coulter, conservative columnist and author of How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must). Bob, let’s start things off with you. Are you ready for your concession speech?

BOB BECKEL [DEMOCRAT STRATEGIST]: No, I just have to say this, that now George Bush and Ann Coulter, who’s my friend, are the gifts that keep on giving. Now I have something to attack for the next four years. But I’ve got to give the Republicans credit. I went down and saw that operation down in Florida that the Democrats had and their 527 groups, Act and all that.

DOOCY: Yeah.

BECKEL: To beat that they had to have a remarkable organization, the Republicans. I give them a lot of credit.

DOOCY: Madame Coulter?

ANN COULTER [AUTHOR]: Yes, I mean that’s why I think this is nonsense, the cliffhanger business. The Democrats did throw everything they have at this. We got Bruce Springsteen, Kabbalah, slashing tires of the get-out-the-vote Bush voters, and still they can’t--and the lying exit polls. I mean, I think that is the biggest story of this election, the outrage of these exit polls that were completely cockamamie. They had Kerry 18 points ahead in Pennsylvania, demonstrably untrue. Everybody knew about them and, I don’t know why, I think I would be less inclined to vote for my candidate if I knew he was going to win--

DOOCY: Sure.

COULTER: --but that is not the way exit polls are interpreted. People vote for the winner.

DOOCY: Right.

COULTER: It always helps the person they say is ahead, and all day everyone thought Kerry absolutely had this because of absolutely incorrect exit polls. And I think that needs to be looked into. How about a little competition among the exit polls?

DOOCY: Because we are a nation, Bob, of bandwagon jumper-onners, and if you looked at Drudge yesterday around 11 or 12, there it was. Kerry up all over the place. It probably put a damper on things.

BECKEL: Yeah. Can you imagine what political reporters in this country would do if it wasn’t for polls? I mean, they don’t know anything about politics, so--I mean, everybody does it. It’s always who’s ahead, who’s behind, what’s the favorability.


BECKEL: I mean, I’ve been doing this for 30 years and there’s a lot of detail there. These exit polls, most of them are not off this much. But it didn’t pick up a lot of things that were going on, both turnout and this pre-voting.

DOOCY: Right.

BECKEL: But let me just say one thing about Ohio, Ann. I think it’s important. After 2000 my side felt very wounded and robbed. Now I know you’ll argue with that, but I don’t see why for two days, two or three days, why not let them count the provisional ballots, just so if it doesn’t work out, and it probably won’t, just to be able to say it was done. It seems to me that that would be--

DOOCY: So you don’t think he, you don’t think he should concede today then?

BECKEL: No, no, no, not at all. I think these people’s votes ought to be counted if they can be counted, and then nobody’s got an argument.

DOOCY: Ann Coulter does.

BECKEL: Of course, Ann always has an argument.

COULTER: I think--I think I mean, for one thing, to go back to the 2000 election, which you mentioned, I think we can all be very happy that Bush won a stunning popular vote victory. In fact he won a larger popular vote victory than Ronald Reagan ever won, and this is with this enormous MTV turnout. But I think, when the provisional ballots, we just got the numbers on the provisional ballots, there are fewer provisional ballots than Bush’s margin of victory in Ohio. And that’s not even including the military ballots.

BECKEL: Well--

COULTER: I mean, OK, we’ll count the ballots. That will be done. If 100% of the military ballots and the provisional ballots are all valid and are all for Kerry, maybe he could retract the concession speech. But I just don’t think this is good for the Democrats, showing what good sports you are once again.

BECKEL: If that’s, Ann, far be it from me to attack your political wisdom although I would be happy to. You are also as I said the gift that keeps on giving for me. Keeping writing those books, it’s great.

COULTER: I will.

BECKEL: But, let me tell you, if that’s true, if the margin is bigger than the number of provisional ballots, then you don’t have to count them. But I’m just saying if there is an issue, why let it simmer? Look, I’m going to be against George Bush for the next four years. Somebody said to me this morning, aren’t you going to rally around the President? And I go bofanable [sp?], why should I rally around the President? I don’t agree with him. I don’t agree with him. It’s in the democracy. I’ve got a right not to agree with the son of a--the guy.

DOOCY: Yeah, errr--Hey, real briefly before both of you leave. Exit question, Ann Coulter: Tom Daschle, out of work.

COULTER: Oh yeah, no that was one of the most heartening moments of the campaign last night and also I think the fact that the south is 100% Republican now.

DOOCY: And Bob Beckel, on Tom Daschle?

BECKEL: I think it’s actually sad; the guy’s done a lot of good work for the country and he’s been a public servant. But it’s really nice to have Jim Bunning and that other guy from Nebraska in here. Now we’ve got St Elizabeth’s psychiatric wing working in the Senate. Prozac sales are just going to go crazy over there.

COULTER: If I can say one more thing about the Daschle race--

DOOCY: Try to work in a pharmaceutical reference, would you?

COULTER: I will not work in a pharmaceutical reference, but what’s especially great about Thune winning, forget about Daschle losing though I like that, is that Thune really was cheated in the last election. I mean, there was a lot of monkey business with the votes on the Indian reservations and Thune, unlike John Kerry right now by the way, was very gentlemanly. And even though he had a totally legitimate case to contest the election, said no I’m not going to, I’m not going to put the state through it.

BECKEL: Ann, could I just say one thing to you?

DOOCY: Five seconds.

BECKEL: Congratulations, and we’ll be back.

DOOCY: Thank you very much, the Beckelnator. Bob Beckel and Ann Coulter, we thank you both.

posted: Wed - November 3, 2004 at 09:44 AM       j$p  send 

Bloghorn Bleghorn
Oooooh, Johnnie? Hate to say "I told you so", but...
November 3, 2004, 1:20:00 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Yes you did!
November 3, 2004, 2:26:24 PM EST – Like – Reply

That Italian word -- could it have been "vaffanculo"? (It kind of sounds like "bafongool.") It basically means "F*ck you."
Here's one link to Italian curses: 
November 5, 2004, 6:30:24 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
That sounds like the intended meaning! I listened to it a dozen times, and finally went with the closed-captioned spelling. It really did sound like it ended in an ahble type sound. That's a great link; thanks!
November 5, 2004, 7:09:22 PM EST – Like – Reply

Even tho I don't like Bob Beckel, I must defend him here. What he tried to say, in dialect, is Va Napoli or "go to Naples" It was not profane. Sorry.
November 7, 2004, 2:19:28 PM EST – Like – Reply