"A word to those of you out there who have yet to be offended by something I have written or said: Please be patient. I am working as fast as I can." -Ann Coulter, 2006
Is she ever!
Ever since the publication of her Clinton-bashing debut, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, right-wing fire-brand Ann Coulter has made herself one of the most talked-about figures in contemporary American life--and has done so by issuing a near-continuous barrage of insult and invective, which has been described as "shameless," "cruel," "shrill, bombastic, and mean-spirited," "grossly inappropriate," "hate speech." She has called the 9/11 widows "witches" and "harpies," referred to Muslims as "ragheads," called Al Gore a "total fag," and said that both New York Times editor Bill Keller and antiwar congressman Jack Murtha deserved to die. Yet with each new statement--and each new book launch--Coulter somehow manages to co-opt the media as a megaphone for her attacks, while emerging from the backlash miraculously unscathed.
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October 10, 2006
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Excerpt from Soulless by Susan Estrich
My book makes a stark assertion: Liberalism is a godless religion. Hello! Anyone there? I've leapt beyond calling you traitors and I am now calling you Godless. Apparently, everybody's cool with that. The fact that liberals are godless is not even a controversial point anymore.
Welcome to Ann's world. And what a mean and nasty world it is. Here she is taking all the decent impulses that make Americans compassionate, hopeful, and generous--real Liberalism--and, with a total disregard for history and humanity, twisting them into the opposite of what they are.
How does she do it? An ounce of sophistry, a touch of misrepresentation, lit up with invective and some sly wit.
But she doesn't do it alone. Not even close.
She does it by using a media that's obsessed with entertainment. For them, long, blond, svelte Ann is the cutely packaged girl next door (if next door is Darien, Connecticut) who can impress the college boys by being able to talk dirty and nasty with the best of them. Venom is what she spills.
And why does she do it?
To amuse herself? So she claims: "Most of what I say I say to amuse myself and amuse my friends. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about anything beyond that."
It goes beyond amusement, of course. Well beyond.