Sunday, March 04, 2007

The Coulter Culture

If you haven't heard about Ann Coulter's latest toxic spew, then you probably have a normal life and you're probably not reading this either. But for right wing political junkies Coulter worship has become a serious occupational hazard. What is it about the infernal Miss C which ignites such a passionate response, that confounds any sense of propriety and common sense?

I frankly think she's a bigot, a boor and a crackpot. And the right wing media is starting to come around to the same conclusion. Hugh Hewitt compared her to Michael Richards, and has called on conservatives to keep their distance. But Hugh's stand is generating a lot of heat from the Ann-droids, who have swamped his blog with vile condemnations. Here is a sampling of their indignant ire:
Hooray for Ann
Every movment needs a firebrand, someone who is lude, crude and unacceptable to society. That's Ann's job.
I get tired of Conservatives and Republicans apologizing for bleeding on the carpet after being stabbed in the back.
I get tired of being reasonable and PC when what is called for is a knuckle sandwich.
That's the vicarious pleasure of Ann's outbursts.

I appreciate the point the Ann was making about political correctness run amok. It's incredibly easy it is to send the PC Crowd (Mr Hewitt included) into a hysterical tizzy.

i agree with ann. how long is it going to be before we are allowed to fight back.were at war with the left. we need to kick them in the teeth. hugh (i met you in phx)if you stop carrying her column i'll stop carrying townhall.we certainly can't depend on any high profile republican to defend conservatives

Hugh, you're wrong...
The Leftists are free to say anything and we're to just take it; but we're to muzzle ourselves.

How dimmi of you.

No going silently to the shearer for this sheep. We need more people willing to call a spade a spade...

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

Coulter was a guilty pleasure that Republicans could afford when they were in the ascendant. But after a disastrous election defeat and staring at the need to hold onto the White House in order to prevent a Democratic sweep of the federal government, they can't afford to drag baggage like Coulter around anymore.

As for the Ann-droids, all I can imagine is that they dared to stare directly at the Gorgon's maw and now their common sense has turned to stone. All this posturing about censorship and re-education camps is beyond bizarre, it's moonbat conpiracy theory territory. If you're going to pick a cult figure to worship, don't choose one from the political realm. Politics is too important. That's why we have Hollywood.


Blogger Susan's Husband said...

Actually, I think this soundbite is much less than it appears and is to a large extent taken out of context.

That's actually typical, in that high profile figures tend to get busted for relative minor transgressions if those transgressions are "truthy".

This is the flip side of the McCain / Obama "wasted lives" issue, where Obama gets hit much harder for basically the same statement because it's perceived as archetypical, where as McCain (because of his history) has a much easier time of writing it off as a gaffe.

March 04, 2007 4:13 PM  
Blogger erp said...

I didn't listen to the sound bite and I'm sure the PC crowd went bananas, but saying the Breck girl is faggot has less to do with any alleged homosexual behavior and more to do with a general limp-wristedness that he shared with Kerry. Edwards was smart enough to know not to be photographed throwing a football.

March 05, 2007 10:55 AM  

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