Sunday, March 04, 2007

Madam Millstone

What else is there to say about Ann Coulter at this point? I've long felt that her act is simply the product of an empty mind laboring to produce something substantive or thoughtful -- and reaching for the outlandish when that fails. But in a society in which there's no such thing as bad publicity, the joke's on us if her CPAC remarks cause people to look twice at her books on the store shelf. The choice is to ignore her and hope she goes away (unlikely) or to confront the hate. And since she's going to profit financially from the attention the latter course entails, it's essential to hang her like a millstone around the neck of those who tacitly endorse her; force the Titular Right to choose between embracing her and marginalizing itself further, or shunning her. Photos like these are a gift -- guilt by relentless association should be the strategy. From what I saw during a quick blog tour this weekend, that appears to be underway. Good.


Anonymous Fel said...

It's a sad enough commentary on the state of American society that Coulter is read and admired by many. But what truly stuns me is her acceptance by politicians and the media. Why ANY politician left of David Duke allows him or herself to appear on the same panel of talking heads with this juvenile venom-spitter is beyond my ken.

3/04/2007 4:42 AM  
Anonymous wtf said...

"Allow himself to appear on the same panel.."? Romney did more than that. He warmly introduced Coulter and posed for a picture with her and his family. And Coulter in turned endorsed Romney as "probably our best candidate." She's part of the Romney family now. "Multiple Choice" Mitt's family values.

3/04/2007 9:58 AM  
Blogger wendyo said...

Ann disgusts me, so I was really happy to hear Ed Hamell (Hamell on Trial) to take her on in song (not safe for work) a song called "Coulter's Snatch.

3/04/2007 10:30 AM  
Anonymous NeilS said...

This is really about ratings.

Most of the conservative pundits have found that outrageous and offensive comments get publicity and help them sell books and radio advertising.

I hope that liberals are not similarly rewarded. I really hate to hear people that I agree with say stupid things.

Of course the base apparently likes to hear these insults. Otherwise she would be booed off of the stage. She wasn't and she will probably invited to speak again.

3/04/2007 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the big surprise about the speeches and writings of hers.

The first time I heard her last year, I could not believe it. But then I realized that the right wing of the GOP had become a fascist party.

Just think about it and you can see that she would have fitted in beautifully with the spin machine of the fascists of the 30's in Germany. I personally do not see a difference between her and them, except she is using english instead of german.

Hate speech is hate speech, and as the GOP just loves her we can see just what kind of anti-democratic party the Republicans have become.

I say this because there has been no wholesale condemnation of her from the GOP, the administration. The Fox Network just love her. That is all one has to understand.

If someone would have told me that this would happen in the USA, I would have said NO WAY, but sadly I was wrong.

3/04/2007 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear realist, please give view on what may be afoot in the exchanges whenever you have a spare moment please...

3/04/2007 9:35 PM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

The only thing nice you can say about her is she drags American political discourse into the gutter where it belongs. Our mainstream news services are worse than she is. At least nobody of average intelligence takes Ann Coulter seriously. About everybody blockhead in this country takes the New York Times seriously.

3/05/2007 3:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/05/2007 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The following is a typical example of how the "New Media" operates. As most political observers know, the Republicans suffer from a "gender gap," in which women prefer Democrats by huge majorities. This is, in fact, why Clinton has twice won the presidency. But, curiously enough, as the 90s progressed, conservative female pundits began popping up everywhere in the media. Hard-right pundits like Ann Coulter, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, Laura Ingraham, Barbara Olson, Melinda Sidak, Anita Blair and Whitney Adams conditioned us to the idea of the conservative woman. This phenomenon was no accident......"

3/05/2007 6:58 AM  
Anonymous mayo said...

The following by Hitchens on Coulter, if that isn't too repellant an image, says it all.

"If Hitler hadn’t turned against their beloved Stalin, liberals would have stuck by him, too. -Ann Coulter."
"Well, I am being paid to parse and ponder that statement and I don’t understand it, either. Does it intend to say that liberals loved Hitler but drew the line at his invasion of the Soviet Union? Should it, rather, be interpreted as meaning that liberals were in love with Stalin but jumped ship when he was attacked by Hitler? It is remarkable to find so much intellectual and syntactical chaos in an assertion that contains no more than fifteen words." -Christopher Hitchens

3/05/2007 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

Hitchens might have gone two steps further:

World War II, on behalf of the United States and to the aid of Great Britain, was prosecuted by the most liberal President of all: FDR.

On the other side of the coin, Hitler was financed in large part via Brown Brothers Harriman and their affiliates in The Netherlands.

Indeed, it was under FDR's watch that Brown Brothers partners (including Prescott Bush, GWB's grandfather) had their assets seized under the Trading with the Enemy act.

One might triangulate this event as the genesis of neoconservative hatred of all things 'liberal' and, perhaps, GWB's underlying motivation to deconstruct Social Security and hand it back to the 'investment' bankers.

More than intellectual chaos, Ann's blather has a purpose: she's a walking fog of war machine, a psyop in stilettos.

3/05/2007 11:40 AM  
Blogger Lifetime Fiscal Conservative said...

Coulter, O'Reilly, and Limbaugh in the media. Falwell, Dobson, and Robertson making policy (and Bush and Rove jumping through hoops for them). The difference between the Repubs and the Dems today is that while they both have nutjobs in their organizaitons, the Repub agenda is actually being run by their nutjobs. They aren't the fringe anymore.

I once saw Coulter described as "Twiggy with Tourette's".

3/05/2007 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently "Mann" has lashed out and attacked the GOP hopefuls who denounced her remarks, as well as claiming she's nowhere near done with the attacks and slurs.

3/06/2007 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hit Ann where it hurts, the advertisers on her website.

Ask Republicans in public if they consider themselves "Ann Coulter Conservatives"?

Is she famous now just for being famous? (scratches head)

3/06/2007 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Fel said...

Twiggy with Tourette's

omigod that is good. thx, lifetime

3/09/2007 6:49 PM  

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