The eyes of Fox pundits Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity may not be smiling at Ann Coulter's latest slur.
In defending former Vice President Dick Cheney against criticism from current Vice President Joe Biden, the controversial conservative commentator fell back on an old ethnic stereotype: The drunken Irishman.
"It almost is kind of effective to send out this drunken Irishman to respond to Dick Cheney," Coulter said, referring to the war of words between the two vice presidents on this Sunday's news talk shows. "It's like sending out the White House dog. It's saying, 'We so don't respect you, we're sending in Joe Biden."
Appearing on Fox News' Geraldo at Large, Coulter declared that Cheney had won the battle and declared about Biden: "Everything he says is crazy, starting with his position that Iraq is going to be one of the great successes of the Obama administration."
A conservative blogger noted that Coulter "referred to VP Joe Biden as a 'drunken Irishman' not once, but two, extremely enjoyable times."
"Coulter delivered the spot-on description of Biden in the broader context of his effectiveness and credibility as someone the White House would choose to discredit Cheney," Associated Content Political Writer and analyst Mark Schenker wrote. "Clearly, Coulter was less than impressed with the VP, and his long, almost endless list of infamous gaffes just lends her credibility about the state of his sobriety as it relates to political debate."
Democratic campaign strategist Joe Trippi, who appeared opposite Coulter, pointed out that even President George W. Bush was reluctant to take Cheney's advice in the last years of his administration.
"His own president didn't agree to the stuff this guy wanted to do," Trippi said of Cheney. But neither Trippi nor host Geraldo Rivera took notice of the "drunken Irishman" comment.
Coulter has developed something of a track record for controversial remarks involving race or gender.
In 2006, she angered many when she referred to Muslims as "ragheads." Last year, appearing on Larry King, Coulter argued police aren't pulling over enough black people. And she raised the ire of many women with a comment in 2007 that, if women were denied the vote, "we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president."
This video is from Fox News' Geraldo at Large, broadcast Feb. 14, 2010.