Sunday, March 04, 2007

Ann Coulter is not fit for polite company anymore

Clicking around the blogs, I see that the leftosphere is exercised, because the Right is insufficiently outraged at Ann Coulter calling John Edwards a rude name. Okay, let me restore their faith in conservative humanity. Me being a conservative and a quotehound, I'm predisposed to be attracted to Coulter and her extra-wicked zingers. Have a sample:

If liberal propaganda didn't work, it would be impossible to comprehend bimbo starlets and uneducated slobs attacking the intelligence of the man who won the Cold War.

Here the country had finally given liberals a war against fundamentalism and they didn't want to fight it. They would have, except it would put them on the same side as the United States. ... Indeed, an attack on America by fanatical Muslims had finally provided liberals with a religion they could respect. Heretofore liberals deemed voluntary student prayers at high school football games a direct assault on the Constitution. But it was of urgent importance that Islamic terrorists being held in Guantanamo be free to practice their religion. This despite the fact that we had been repeatedly instructed that the terrorists were not practicing "true Islam."

Good stuff, yes? However, quite some time ago, it became apparent that Coulter was no pundit, certainly no thinker, but instead a barb tosser. An amazingly gifted barb tosser, but no more than that. And in recent years, she's been slipping. She's never been one to let facts or tact get in the way of a good punchline. But her gibe at the 9/11 widows and now this insult to Sen. John Edwards shows that, not only is she bereft of the common decencies, but that she might be running low on talent, too. When the fan dancer runs out of titillating moves, the next move is to quit or drop trou. So too, Coulter is now substituting simple abuse for wit.

A little background for liberal visitors. Ann Coulter used to contribute to National Review Online. She was dropped after 9/11 over a piece she wrote on that event. She moved on to David Horowitz's FrontPageMag, who disavowed her book Treason. Now many prominent right-wing bloggers--and, uh, me--are denouncing her current outrage. Doesn't sound like an echo chamber over on this side, now does it?

Now see what you can do about lefty bloggers and pundits wishing the vice-President to have been killed in Afghanistan. Fair's fair.


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  2. I appreciate your comments on coulter, but I don't know of any reputable liberal bloggers who are hoping for a cheney assassination. I certainly don't know of any regular commenters on NBC, CNN, or Fox News (like Coulter)who have made such wishes known. Even the anonymous freaks who posted on Huffpost were just that, anonymous freaks on the internet. Much worse is said under the cloak of anonymity on the internet.

  3. DNA beat me to it. Name one "lefty blogger" or "pundit" who called for the assassination of Cheney. Anonymous commenters are just that.

    If I were to type something outrageous right here, would that demonstrate the outrageous nature of conservative blogs? Of course not--and yet that's the standard you're using. You're not unique on that--the last two great examples of the "unhinged left" have been some third-rate college professor at a second-rate school and some 30-hits-a-day blogger that absolutely none of us had ever heard of before we were under attack for refusing to condemn her.

    Frankly, you're in no position to decry our side conflating reasonable and unreasonable conservatives. You yourself routinely conflate moderate liberals and the hard left, to the point that you've pointed to a simple statement of optimism by Hillary Clinton (one of the more conservative Democrats) as evidence of Marxism.

  4. Bill Maher has more name recognition than most any blogger, left or right, either of us could name. Could you imagine Mike Douglas, Johnny Carson, or Merv Griffin suggesting, even at the height of Vietnam and Watergate, that it would be a net plus if Nixon were to die of his phlebitis? Yes, Maher has every right to say such things, in these anything-goes times. He doesn't have a right to say that he didn't say it.

    As for conflate libs and proggs, I guess the left-field fences just look closer in, from my spot in the bleachers. I'm at least aware of the difference, which is more than some conservatives seem to be.

  5. I think your line about not letting facts get in the way of a good punchline is pretty much the best summary of Ann Coulter's career. You don't have to be right, you just have to be funny (or, failing that, loud).


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