Ever heard of Ann Coulter? Some of you Americans will, no doubt, recognize the name. I expect it’s a rare foreigner from anywhere outside the US who’s had the misfortune of experiencing Coulter and her particular brand of vicious, Harpy-esque, polemical shit flinging. Coulter is an anemic, anorexic, vitriolic apologist for Republican fascism, commonly draped in a black cocktail dress, who simply lies when she can’t find a decent line to rip off or a spiteful vicious insult to hurl.
Among her many uncivilized transgressions against decency, good taste and fair play (and I’ll get to some of those more specifically in a moment), Ann has been demonstrated to be a plagarist. Each of her four best-selling novels has had passages exposed as having been lifted, verbatim (or nearly so) and uncredited, from other sources. She shrugs it off and continues flinging shit just like a caged monkey.
Fair and balanced, Coulter is not. She described the 2004 Democratic National Convention as, “…the Spawn of Satan convention,” and referred to the female Democrats as, “corn-fed, no make-up, natural fiber, no-bra needing, sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippie chick pie wagons.”
She has been accused of voter fraud (providing a false address and attempting to vote in another precinct) and once said that she supported the government of Israel for the same reason she supported apartheid in South Africa – because they were surrounded by “savages”.
In a recent column Coulter wrote: “Back when there were only three TV stations and no Internet, talk radio or Fox News, it used to be so easy for the MSM (mainstream media) to destroy reputations — Joe McCarthy, Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, Robert Bork, Dan Quayle, Oliver North, Clarence Thomas, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, Paula Jones and Linda Tripp, to name a few of the MSM’s prey.”
When she began the list, I was certain they were all examples of people who DESTROYED others. She closes by asserting they are examples of people destroyed by the media.
Just to be clear…
Joe McCarthy was destroyed because he was a fear-mongering, power-hungry liar; Nixon because he was a crook; Bork because he was arrogant and foolish; Quayle because he as stupid; North for a blown illegal covert op (he did fall on his sword for his masters, gotta give him credit for that); Clarence had a rough ride but HE’S ON THE USSC (how does that equate with being destroyed?); Pat’s still around being obviously senile and vicious; Newt Gingrich is an Uber Hypocrite; Paula Jones never had anything to destroy – her alleged destruction was her 15 minutes; and Linda Tripp had it coming. These are Coulter’s heros.
The day after the 9/11 attacks, Coulter wrote of Muslims: ” We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.”
She once speculated that White House press passes must be easy to acquire since the “White House allows that old Arab Helen Thomas to sit within yards of the president.”
Helen Thomas, a veteran White House correspondant, is of Syrian ancestry.
She advocated racial profiling of Muslim passengers by airlines. When asked how Muslims should travel, she answered that they “could use flying carpets.”
Another Coulter quote: “I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo .”
About a group of four 9/11 widows who pushed for an investigation and supported John Kerry in the presidential election, Coulter wrote: “These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much.”
Clearly Coulter rides a wave that requires no truth, logic, or honesty in argument. But that, sadly, is her stock in trade. She chooses to be rude, inflammatory, insensitive, vicious, dirty, misleading and offensive as a means to draw attention to arguments that are otherwise weak, ugly, mean, shallow, poorly considered and often demonstrably false.
Ann Coulter is the singular female embodiment of both the entire Bush administration and, even more depressingly, the mindset of far too many Americans. How else would she have lasted this long without falling into the garbage heap of the utterly irrelevant, sandwiched between The Knack and Erik Estrada?
And this is the problem. The mere presence of such vicious bullshit on the political spectrum stretches the envelope…alters the bell curve. Like having one incredibly stupid kid in the class, it makes the average kids appear smarter. Coulter makes what would have previously been untenable, insupportable, ridiculous positions seem reasonable because, relative to the hateful crap that spews from her mouth, they ARE reasonable.
So long as Coulter is given space to shriek her poisonous bile into the mix and destroy reasoned debate about serious issues, the foolish, misguided policies being crafted by George Bush, Karl Rove and Papa Doc Rumsfeld cannot be seen for what they are. Next to Ann Coulter, Rumsfeld comes off more like Bishop Desmond Tutu than Idi Amin…and that’s a mistaken perception the planet can no longer afford.
As Winston Churchill once said, “Your right to an opinion does not obligate me to take you seriously.”
Now fuck off, Ann. I’m busy.