Monthly Archives: July 2015

Coulter Disses Pro-Lifers – Again!

Coulter claims, “I am totally pro-life.”[1] But then, why does she always attack pro-lifers? What explains her 15-year opposition to the pro-life movement?

Did you know that pro-lifers are putzes? Ann Coulter says you are!

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Referring to the current furor over Planned Parenthood’s selling body parts from aborted fetuses, launching of congressional investigations, and attempts to stop funding of Planned Parenthood, Coulter chides the so-called (in her eyes) bravery of politicians who are behind the times, saying,

“… their big thing is to keep talking about this abortion thing. Well, that’s great if it were 1977. I’d think you’re really brave and you’re doing a great thing. But I kind of think you’re just a putz imitating what was good forty years ago at this point.”[2]

Sorry, Ann, but “this abortion thing” is a big deal, especially now, when the entire country is horrified by what recently released videos reveal. (Much like the public is horrified by the Kathryn Steinle murder, a media frenzy Coulter is all too keen to exploit and take credit for.)[3]

Instead of doing the right thing – protecting the lives of those most vulnerable – Coulter would have Congress do nothing but pursue her immigration agenda. (Build fences while babies die!)

For Coulter, it is never the right time to defend the unborn,[4] to help those who are regarded as somehow “below human.”

In 2000, Coulter vilified GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer and other pro-lifers who were seeking a constitutional remedy to abortion. Her essay was titled, “Must Christian conservatives be fascists?” Coulter’s purpose was to preserve George W. Bush’s candidacy from the wrath of the abortion industry.

Ever since, Coulter has subordinated pro-life considerations to whatever matters she considers more immediate or more expedient. Coulter has, in fact, rejected many potential pro-life candidates for others she deemed more electable.[5]

Coulter blamed pro-lifers for Republican defeat in 2012, writing, “Can you learn to say, ‘no exceptions’ or rather, ‘no abortions with exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother?’ Learn that. Memorize that. Stop waxing philosophical when you’re running to make laws.”[6]

Yes, Coulter blamed pro-lifers for Romney’s defeat: “The last two weeks of the campaign were consumed with discussions of women’s ‘reproductive rights,’ not because of anything Romney did, but because these two idiots [Akin and Mourdock] decided to come out against abortion in the case of rape and incest.”

Moreover, Coulter thinks life in the womb is a “philosophical” argument and wants pro-lifers to be pragmatic by permitting human beings who are conceived in rape to be aborted. Coulter’s disregard for human life is clear in her pretzel-twisted logic:

“No law is ever going to require a woman to bear the child of her rapist. Yes, it’s every bit as much a life as an unborn child that is not the product of rape. But sentient human beings are capable of drawing gradations along a line.”

A child of rape is “every bit as much a life as an unborn child that is not the product of rape,” yet that child’s life is forfeit for political reasons.[7]

Ethics have never been Coulter’s forte.[8]

Last year, Coulter offered a talking point for Republican candidates:

“Yes, of course there should be exceptions in the case of rape and incest, and I also support giving rapists the death penalty, unlike my Democrat opponent, who wants to give rapists the right to vote.”[9]

Now, Coulter scorns pro-lifers to target immigration – her current single issue – because she is selling a book.[10]

Still, Coulter has the temerity to claim, “I am totally pro-life.”[11]

Coulter is the real putz![12]

[See also “Coulter’s Assault on Pro-Life Movement Continues” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-9a.]

Endnotes:

[1]               Ann Coulter, quoted by Emily Freund, “Ann Coulter: She May Be Right …” Westchester WAG, October 2002. See The Gospel According to Ann Coulter at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[2]               Ann Coulter, Mornings on the Mall, WMAL, 7/24/15.

[3]               See “Coulter’s Ego: I Did It!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8F.

[4]               See “I’m having a … fetus” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7d.

[5]               See “Coulter Dictates” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3E.

[6]               Ann Coulter, “Don’t Blame Romney,” 11/7/12.

[7]               See Rebecca Kiessling, “Rebecca Kiessling’s Reply to Ann Coulter – Save the 1,” 11/9/12, http://www.savethe1.com/?page_id=125.

[8]               See “Ann Coulter Trivializes Rape” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3M.

[9]               Ann Coulter, “Young People Don’t Change – Neither Does the N.Y. Times,” 3/19/14.

[10]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Bio Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6p.

[11]             Ann Coulter, quoted by Emily Freund, “Ann Coulter: She May Be Right …” Westchester WAG, October 2002. See The Gospel According to Ann Coulter at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[12]             See “Case Study # 8: Life Issues,” Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter, 2014, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

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Coulter’s Ego: I Did It!

Illegal immigration and sanctuary cities have caught the attention of both the public and politicians. Outraged citizens, anti-immigration activists, non-profit organizations, the media, lawmakers, and presidential candidates have weighed in on the escalating immigration crisis.

And Ann Coulter takes the credit.[1]

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Last Friday, when asked about the depth and intensity of interest in illegal immigration, Coulter jumped in, claiming, “Because of Adios, America![2]

Ann, never shy, immediately added, “Everyone always says to me, ‘Oh, what good timing this book was.’ No, it’s not good timing. The book came out – that’s why everybody’s talking about [immigration].”

(Yet, in interview after interview, Coulter has complained that the mainstream media is completely ignoring her. How can this circle be squared?)

No, Ann. The intense interest in illegal immigration did not arise because of the publication of Adios, America! It arose because of a human tragedy.

The face of the movement to end sanctuary cities and enforce existing immigration laws is not that of Ann Coulter but of Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old woman murdered by an illegal alien who had been deported five times and had returned to San Francisco for sanctuary.

The public, politicians, and other concerned citizens are responding to this tragedy, not Coulter’s book.[3] (Nor Trump’s campaign.)[4]

It’s called “Kate’s Law,” not “Ann’s Law.”

Let’s show some respect for the dead and the bereaved.

Endnotes:

[1]               See Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[2]               Ann Coulter, Mornings on the Mall, WMAL, 7/24/15.

[3]               See “Coulter Trumped Up” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7Q.

[4]               See “Coulter’s Latest RINO Would Give Democrats Victory” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8t.

Coulter’s Humanity

In a series of tweetspromoting her book and its anti-immigration theme – Ann Coulter belittled Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who committed suicide in jail.

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Notice Ann’s extraordinary compassion toward the victim and her family and friends. Notice, too, Ann’s deep concern for the rule of law, civil rights, suicide prevention – and simply discovering the truth.

(Coulter is known for disparaging innocent people, from defaming Christian missionaries to falsely accusing a journalist of plagiarism.)

Ann Coulter Tweets (emphasis added):

Massive investigation for druggie/scofflaw’s jailhouse SUICIDE, not for immigrant’s cold-blooded murder of 5 marines. http://dailym.ai/1Ksvc4r – Ann Coulter, 7/26/15, 10:05 am

MSNBC more upset @ suicide of a jailed black woman druggie/scofflaw than a Muslim immigrant’s murder of five marines. #WhiteLivesDontMatter – Ann Coulter, 7/26/15, 10:06 am

NYT homepage is bristling with stories about druggie/scofflaw Sandra Bland today. Muslim’s slaughter of 5 Marines gets a few small AP items. – Ann Coulter, 7/26/15, 10:19 am

Coulter: All Immigrants Are Bad

[We interrupt our regularly scheduled commentary to address yet another Ann Coulter blunder – one which exposes Coulter’s very heart.]

Ann Coulter claims that there are no good immigrants!

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Last night, Coulter established herself as the undisputed head cheerleader for a Donald Trump candidacy (even in a third party): “Go, Trump, go!”[1] But, more than that, Coulter disparaged every immigrant in America.

Trump’s campaign contests illegal immigration while Coulter contests legal immigration. As she puts it, “My only quibble with [Trump] is that, No. 1, it’s legal immigrants, too. And, No. 2, there are no good ones.”

There are no good immigrants? Coulter explained, “We’re taking in the poorest of the poor from the most corrupt, backward cultures of the world.”[2] (For Coulter, any non-white, non-British nation is backward.)

There Are No Good Ones

Coulter’s hyperbole has been getting the best of her for the better part of two decades. Coulter stereotypes people – from individuals, to cultures, to nations – with a very broad brush. Like Orwell’s Big Brother, Coulter is in perpetual warfare against a host of enemies – all of whom do not look like her.

With her first book of this millennium, Slander (2002), a polemic which accused all liberals of being at war with civilization, Coulter began launching a series of jihads – against liberalism, Muslims, women, and any individual or group of people she does not like.

That pattern persists to this day. According to Coulter, there are no good Democrats, only a few good Republicans, and, now, no good immigrants.

Nikki Haley – Second Generation Immigrant

In the midst of the confederate battle flag controversy, Coulter falsely accused Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) of being an ignorant immigrant.[3] In reality, Haley is a native South Carolinian well-versed in its history.

Remember, Coulter has her own definition of “immigrant.” The word Coulter wields like an epithet – immigrant – she applies to American-born citizens, calling them second-generation immigrants to fudge her data.

Gov. Haley, a citizen by birth, has proven herself a successful leader who has assimilated very well in America (even converting to Christianity). Haley’s success contradicts Coulter’s stereotype of legal immigrants and threatens her agenda.

Bobby Jindal – Anchor Baby

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), also a very successful governor, is an anchor baby. Gov. Jindal is noted for championing American exceptionalism. He identifies with being an American, not a hyphenated-American. His patriotism is undeniable. His love of country is indisputable. And, like Haley, he has converted to Christianity. As noted in 2007, “Jindal has assimilated into an American lifestyle and Christian religious practices.”

But Jindal is not a WASP. Coulter is very conscious of Jindal’s race and his origins (probably even his “funny foreign name”). Over six years ago, Coulter began her attack on this anchor baby who became a prominent conservative leader. Coulter wrote:

“Even Gov. Bobby Jindal, whom I suppose I should note was the first Indian-American to give the Republican response to a president’s speech, began with an encomium to the first black president. (Wasn’t Bobby great in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’?)”[4]

Nevertheless, Coulter seriously asserts, “one thing I have never been called, ah, is, is, is, is a racist.”[5] Doesn’t she read what she writes and hear what she says? At times, Coulter’s writings are suffused with racism.

Coulter’s Xenophobia

Few people looking at the evidence can doubt that Coulter is a xenophobe. She claimed, “All countries suck compared to America.”[6] She condemns soccer as evil and un-American.[7] She vilifies Christian missionaries.[8] She decries all things foreign.

Most recently, Coulter has exchanged her fatwa against Muslims for one against Mexicans.[9] When she talks about immigration, she does so in distinctly racial terms,[10] demonstrating her confusion over race.[11] Moreover, she promotes white supremacy[12] and the resurrection of a WASP America.[13]

Within that context, it is easy to understand Coulter’s comments about immigrants. While most conservatives believe in the cultural superiority of America, Coulter takes it many steps further, finding nothing of value in other cultures and actually corrupting the American identity into a racial, WASP, ideal.

Why does Coulter hate contemporary immigrants? Because they are not white WASPs.

Endnotes:

[1]               Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 7/27/15.

[2]               Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 7/27/15.

[3]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter Trashes Nikki Haley” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7m.

[4]               Ann Coulter, “The Cal Ripken President,” 2/25/09.

[5]               Ann Coulter, Washington Journal, C-Span, 6/23/15.

[6]               See “Ann Coulter Auditions for U.N. Ambassador” at http://t.co/R7IDzwnUJ8.

[7]               See “Coulter’s Soccer Flop – Part Trois” at http://t.co/uy7FDPu79v.

[8]               See “Ann Coulter’s Xenophobic Anti-Gospel of Hate” at http://t.co/aQGhLuWwtD.

[9]               See “Adios, Ann: Fear Mexicans, Not Jihadists” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6A.

[10]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Blood Politics” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6H.

[11]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Racial Confusion” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7f.

[12]             See “Adios, Ann: Diversity = White” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7j.

[13]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s WASP Fantasy” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7H.

Coulter’s Latest RINO Would Give Democrats Victory

Yet again, Ann Coulter supports a RINO, but this one isn’t even a Republican![1]

An ecstatic Coulter gushed, “[A third party candidacy] would be fantastic! Go, Trump, Go!”[2]

Ann Coulter’s latest RINO love is Donald Trump, who, if he runs a third party campaign, wouldn’t even be a Republican. (Right now, he is a faux Republican.)

Trump’s political self-identity is, at best, murky. That he would even consider a third party run – which would ensure a Democrat victory – proves he is not a conservative.

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So why would Coulter support Trump for a third party candidacy?

Coulter Loves RINOs

Coulter’s love of RINOs is no secret. She still yearns for Chris Christie and has loved Mitt Romney since 2006.[3] Coulter has fought against the Tea Party – and for RINOs – for years,[4] even ferociously supporting Mitch McConnell, who has seriously disappointed her.[5]

Consider her infatuation with Christie: “My flirtation with Christie was like running off with a biker. He was new and exciting – and made conservatives feel alive.” Even now, she says, “I still like [Christie], except he’s bad on amnesty. He’s smart. He’s articulate.”[6] Coulter argues, “I was [Christie’s] biggest fan because he’s funny and smart …”[7]

But, early in 2014, Coulter admitted, “But I don’t think Christie was that electable other than the fact that he probably would have been the most liberal candidate running in a primary.”[8] Yes, Coulter supported the most liberal GOP candidate.

Nothing has changed after all these years.

Coulter Loves Trump

Now, Coulter has been smitten in a big way by the Donald,[9] so much so that she has defamed American war heroes[10] and redefined racism[11] – all to defend Trump, and herself, from criticism.

So, what does Coulter like about Trump? His looks and his style! [She thought Romney was tall and handsome, too!]

As reported by the Daily Caller, Coulter thinks “He’s attractive. He’s tall. He’s hilariously funny.” (Is Coulter talking about herself?) (A few weeks earlier, Coulter exclaimed, “Donald Trump, I love him because he does talk a little like me, which is to say, blunt.”[12])

Coulter continued, “I think he could be not only a nominee who could win but a third party candidate who could win.” (Really? As a third party candidate splitting the conservative vote?)[13]

Coulter added, “The more I see Trump talk, the more it diminishes the other candidates.” (Coulter has already called the other GOP candidates “midgets.” How much smaller can they get?)

Coulter insisted, “I promise you that if the nominee is Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Rick Perry or really any of those midgets, our fate is sealed. … The Republican isn’t winning if it’s Marco or Jeb Bush. It’s absolute madness.” (Yet another promise Coulter can’t keep.)

Coulter’s own madness: “The polls show Donald Trump is way ahead.” (Since when does Coulter trust polls? And polls this early in the election cycle? Coulter has often said that the only poll that counts is the election.)

Trump is Like Coulter

Perhaps what Coulter really likes about Trump is that Trump is so much like Coulter (though more flamboyant and less erudite). They are both self-promoting narcissists with few filters on their speech.

Consider a National Review column promoted by Coulter on her website. It describes Trump this way:

“A brash showboat and celebrity, self-promoter and controversialist, silly and mocking, a caricature of a caricature, Donald Trump is no one’s idea of a serious presidential candidate. Which is exactly why the radical middle finds him refreshing. Not an iota of him is politically correct, he plays by no rules of comity or civility, he genuflects to no party or institution, he is unafraid of and antagonistic toward the media, and he challenges the conventional wisdom of both parties…”

Those character and personality attributes could equally apply to Coulter, which perhaps explains to a large extent his appeal to her. Coulter describes herself as a polemicist who seeks to be outrageous and offend people.[14] (Latching on to Trump’s coattails to garner greater book sales is surely another personal motivator for Coulter.)

(To be fair, Coulter does reflexively defend Republicans, unless doing so interferes with her agenda.)

Trump and Coulter are similar in character and temperament. Maggie Gallagher observes: “He is our id, he doesn’t play by the rules, he gives out Lindsey Graham’s personal cell-phone number, he beats the media over the head and calls his fellow Republicans ‘losers.’ He’s politically incorrect on steroids, and he’s not going to apologize for any of it, ever.”

(Don’t expect any apologies from Coulter, either.)

Like Coulter,[15] Trump thinks he knows better than everyone else. Jonah Goldberg observes:

“Of course Trump wouldn’t hesitate to attack John McCain’s war-hero status. Trump’s bottomless insecurity cannot countenance the idea that his critics have any legitimacy. Of course Trump won’t apologize – because his dog-and-pony show is predicated on the idea that he ‘tells it like it is’ and ‘fights.’ He’s the omniscient master of The Apprentice. He can’t behave like the Biggest Loser.”

Likewise, Coulter discounts her conservative critics as “phony,” “fake,” and “so-called” conservatives.

Trump = RINO (Without the R?)

How, exactly, is Trump not a conservative?

George Will succinctly summarized core aspects of Trump’s character and platform:

“They’ll find he’s not just uncouth; he is unprincipled. They’ll find out he was pro-choice, ‘very pro-choice ‘as he used to say. They’ll find he gave money to Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Reid, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) because he obviously wanted the Democratic congress. And they’re going to want to think about that. Other issues, the Kelo, the worst Supreme Court decision of this century, which vastly expanded the power of people like Donald Trump using government to take away private property. He supports that. See how people like that.”

Trump also favors gun control and socialized medicine and opposes entitlement reform. As noted by the American Enterprise Institute, “His hair has been more permanent than his political positions.”

While Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric appeals to many voters who rightly feel ignored by the political class, his attitude toward Islamic jihad in America mirrors that of Coulter. Trump continues to denounce Pamela Geller’s courageous stand against Islamists in America, calling her an “obnoxious blowhard” and “nobody” – very Coulteresque language.

Like Coulter,[16] the Donald does not get it: We need to defend our right to free speech against Islamists.[17]

Real Clear Politics asked why Trump isn’t running as a Democrat. Carl Cannon wrote, “Let’s go further, however, and point out that this guy has never really been on the GOP team.” Cannon added,

“In a recent interview, Ari Fleischer, who was White House press secretary under George W. Bush, said it was clear that Trump was ‘no conservative.’ The real issue is more basic: there’s not much evidence he’s even a Republican.”

That Coulter-promoted National Review column reiterated what most informed people understand: “Trump is not a conservative, nor by any means a mainstream Republican.” Moreover, he reached a conclusion in direct opposition to Coulter’s views.

The closing paragraph warns, “What so worries the GOP about Donald Trump is that he, like Ross Perot, has the resources and ego to rend the two [factions of the GOP] apart. … So the demagogue rises. The party splits. And the Clintons win.”

Ego can be extremely destructive (and self-destructive).

Trump as Third Party Candidate?

Could Trump win as a third party candidate? Is Ann Coulter right? Time will tell. (One thing we do know is that Coulter’s track record at political prognostication is mediocre, at best.)

A recent Quinnipiac poll reveals, “Perhaps the biggest loser, however, is Donald Trump, who has negative favorability ratings of almost 2-1 in each state.” It is pretty hard to win an election if people don’t like you.

While defending the viability of a Trump candidacy for the GOP, Larry O’Connor predicted, “Third party is death for the country.”[18] History agrees. Theodore Roosevelt’s third-party run gave us Woodrow Wilson, an inspiration for progressives throughout the 20th century. Ross Perot – another flamboyant billionaire – derailed George H.W. Bush’s re-election efforts, leading to a Clinton victory.

Let us avoid a repeat of 1992.

Endnotes:

[1]               Trump has changed party affiliation more often than he has changed wives.

[2]               Ann Coulter, Mornings on the Mall, WMAL, 7/24/15.

[3]               See “Adios, Ann: Only Mitt for Me” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-70.

[4]               See “Coulter Attacks Principled Conservatives” at http://t.co/npUIoRm4gt.

[5]               See “Coulter Discovers RINOs will be … RINOs” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-56.

[6]               Ann Coulter, Good Day, LA, KTTV, 3/17/15.

[7]               Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham Show, 6/3/15.

[8]               Ann Coulter, Piers Morgan, CNN, 1/22/14.

[9]               See “Coulter Trumped Up” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7Q.

[10]               See “Coulter Defames American War Heroes” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-81.

[11]             See “Ann Coulter’s ‘Racism Credit’” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7V.

[12]             Ann Coulter, Federalist Radio, 6/17/15.

[13]             See “Coulter’s Flawed Calculus” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8i.

[14]             See “Coulter, Simply Offensive” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-5i.

[15]             See “Ann Coulter – Smartest Person in the World” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-59.

[16]             See “Coulter Denies Islamist Threat” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-69.

[17]             See “Islamists Fear Cartoons” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9Z.

[18]             Larry O’Conner, Mornings on the Mall, WMAL, 7/27/15.

Ann Coulter’s Crazy Funhouse Mirror

Peeking behind the variety of masks Ann Coulter wears can be very intriguing and entertaining. Looking into her soul reveals insights into human nature. Seeing Ann Coulter through her eyes is equally enlightening.

Last year, I noted Coulter’s many conflicted expressions about her self-identity[1] and her divorce from reality. For Coulter, nothing less than superlatives describe her. (Only the best for the best.)

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She calls herself, “right-wing crazy and proud of it.”[2] She’s not just a run-of-the-mill crazy, but the best: “I’m second to none in right-wing lunacy.”[3]

Coulter is anything but a squishy conservative or a RINO (as she tells it): “I went to Cornell, but I was a casual conservative. After being in Ithaca, NY, I left a violent conservative.”[4] Indeed, she goes to an extreme to prove herself the ultimate conservative: “I’m like the conservative ayatollah.”[5]

Ann is also the poster child for libertarians, claiming, “I’m more libertarian than most people who call themselves libertarian.”[6]

Condemning Sarah Palin (whom she regards as a fake Tea Party leader), Coulter considers herself the opposite (and a card-carrying member at that): “I’m more Tea Party than most tea partiers.”[7]

Let’s not forget her (not so) warm and fuzzy spiritual side: “I’m an extraordinarily good Christian.”[8] Do “extraordinarily good Christians” actually call themselves that, or, being “extraordinarily good Christians” do they exhibit a tad bit more humility than Ann?

So, to recap, Coulter is the best conservative, best libertarian, best Tea Partier, and best Christian. Oh, I almost forgot, paraphrasing Coulter, nobody does crazy as well as her.

Coulter’s Characters

In addition to superlative characteristics, Coulter imports herself into superlative characters, likening herself to famous people, such as Bob Woodward, Bibi Netanyahu, Abbie Hoffman, H.L. Mencken, and Mark Twain.

(One must wonder whether Coulter really thinks that highly of herself, or whether she thinks so little of herself that she wants to be someone else!)

The masks Coulter chooses to wear are illustrative of how she wants to be seen by others (and how she wants to think of herself).

Coulter’s bio promotes the irreverent, iconoclastic, side of Ann, proclaiming her to be “the Abbie Hoffman of the Right.” Strikingly, the qualities which made Abbie Hoffman Abbie Hoffman are neither conservative nor Christian in nature, suggesting the impossibility of a right-wing version. But irreverence is part of what she sells and is a term frequently used to sell her books. (Wait! Didn’t Ann write a book decrying anarchy and mob-like behavior? Yes – Demonic!)

Coulter has strongly denied any comparisons of her with her counterpart, Michael Moore, but she has offered up two preferred alternatives: “I think I am the right-wing [H.L.] Mencken, the right-wing Mark Twain. I am not the right-wing Michael Moore.”[9]

However, “Newsbusters’ Warner Todd Huston dubbed Coulter ‘the H.L. Mencken of our times … minus the intellect.’” As Ilana Mercer put it, “Coulter is sui generis, but Mencken she is not.”

More recently, Coulter has repeatedly compared herself to the renowned investigative journalist Bob Woodward, only (in her mind) she’s better than him and she does it all on her own. Coulter boasts, “I’m the female. I’m the conservative Bob Woodward, except I don’t hire researchers and co-writers.”[10]

Strikingly, Coulter plays the Gender Card as she crows, “I’m the female Bob Woodward except I don’t have researchers or co-writers.”[11] Coulter reiterates, “As I said, I’m the female Bob Woodward.”[12]

Yes, she thinks she better than Woodward and she does her own work. (Yes, Ann, we believe you: not a smidgeon of plagiarism.[13]) Plus, she’s a woman to boot. (Yes, Ann likes her boots.)

To demonstrate her own courage, Coulter likens herself to a renowned Israeli warrior and statesmen: “I might just show up anyway just to piss them off. I could be the Bibi Netanyahu of CPAC.” Her Facebook bio brazenly states: “Coulter … has emerged as the bold heroine of our day!”

Carrying on in the grand Coulter tradition, others have made their own Coulter comparisons. Brad Miner claimed, “[Coulter] is to the 21st century what Lenny Bruce was to the 20th.”[14] (Again, Coulter is being compared favorably with a decidedly countercultural figure antithetical to conservatism.) Yet, in many ways, such a comparison is apropos. Coulter is known to use profanity, racial (and other) slurs, and, generally, just say whatever she wants to.

In fact, with her book, How to Talk to a Liberal (if you must), Coulter enumerated her rules on how to be deliberately offensive. Coulter fervently and irreverently follows her own rules.[15]

Bernard Goldberg, once a big fan of Coulter, admitted, “Ann Coulter is the Miley Cyrus of political commentary.” Dorothy Rabinowitz said, “[Ann Coulter is] the Maureen Dowd of conservatism.”

Meghan Daum suggested another intriguing impossibility: “[Coulter is] the adopted lovechild of Oscar Wilde and Gore Vidal.”

A Wordsmith – More or Less

I have always regarded Ann Coulter as a gifted wordsmith[16] – and said so.[17] But receiving praise and praising oneself are two different things. The former should be done with grace; the latter is unseemly and tasteless (gauche).

(Rush Limbaugh’s shtick includes tongue-in-cheek superlatives about his own greatness; Coulter is serious.)

Ann Coulter has an exalted sense of self because she constantly exalts herself.[18] Consequently, she says and does some very foolish things.[19] Pride is the embodiment of foolishness.

During Passion Week, Coulter spoke about Christian courage:

“I mean if the one thing – a few days before Easter, it’s worth mentioning besides eternal life with your Creator – the one thing every Christian should have is courage. The most important thing in your life.”[20]

Does Ann Hart Coulter have the courage to face herself and her Creator?

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Delusional – New Ann Coulter Book” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3z.

[2]               Ann Coulter, Vantage Points, 12/5/97.

[3]               Ann Coulter, Southern Illinois University, 3/27/02.

[4]               Ann Coulter, quoted by Rush Limbaugh, “My Conversation with Ann Coulter,” Limbaugh Letter, August 2003, pg. 6.

[5]               Ann Coulter, Piers Morgan, CNN, 10/15/13.

[6]               Ann Coulter, America’s News HQ, FNC, 3/16/13.

[7]               Ann Coulter, CNN Tonight, CNN, 11/3/14.

[8]               “Church Militant: Ann Coulter on God, Faith, and Liberals,” beliefnet.com, 2006, http://www.beliefnet.com/story/196/story_19646.html.

[9]               Ann Coulter, Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, 6/8/06.

[10]             Ann Coulter, Daily Caller, 6/16/15.

[11]             Ann Coulter, Washington Journal, C-Span, 6/23/15.

[12]             Ann Coulter, PJTV, 7/10/15.

[13]             See “Case Study # 2: Plagiarism,” Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter, 2014, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

[14]             Brad Miner, Smear Tactics: The Liberal Campaign to Defame America, HarperCollins, 2007, pg. 59.

[15]             See “Coulter, Simply Offensive” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-5i.

[16]             See “Ann Coulter at Her Best” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-2u.

[17]             See “An (Almost) Perfect Piece of Propaganda” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-4q.

[18]             See Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[19]             See “Fifty Shades of Coulter” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-5E.

[20]             Ann Coulter, O’Reilly Factor, FNC, 4/2/15.

Coulter’s Flawed Calculus

Coulter claims, “I’m always right.”[1] Hardly, especially when it comes to political prognostication.

Remember her nine-year love affair with Mitt Romney, briefly interrupted with her infatuation with Chris Christie? In 2011, she predicted, “If we don’t nominate Chris Christie, Romney is going to be the nominee and we’ll lose.”[2] Later that same year, she reversed course, claiming, “I think the candidate, it is going to be and is the strongest candidate to beat Obama is Mitt Romney. … I think hands down that is Mitt Romney.”[3]

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Until this July, Coulter has championed, “Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney. … We have to demand that he run.”[4]

Now, Coulter worships at the altar of a new political savior, asserting, “the people want [Trump] to be president.”[5]

Coulter has indeed linked her book tour to a Trump candidacy,[6] extoling him (and herself) in the process – and even defending his defamation of American war heroes.[7]

According to the Washington Examiner, Coulter would even welcome being part of Trump’s cabinet: “I see myself as his secretary of Homeland Security.”

A recent interview with Sean Hannity demonstrates how politically out-of-touch Coulter remains. She repeatedly said that she did not believe the facts that her friend, Sean, was telling her – that Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Rick Perry had pledged not to run a third party candidacy. Her reasoning for calling her friend a liar? Because those candidates would neither be asked that question nor give that answer.

Denial of reality. Further, when asked what she thought of a third party run by Donald Trump, she punted, suggesting she might favor it because, “I promise you Jeb or Rubio are going to lead to a Hillary presidency.”[8]

Her reasoning appears to be that if either Bush or Rubio is the GOP nominee, Republicans lose, so it would not matter if Trump ran against the GOP. Coulter has seemingly forgotten about the ill-fated Ross Perot run in 2992 that led to a Bill Clinton victory over the first Bush presidency.

Coulter assumes that Hillary Clinton will be the Democrat nominee.

Coulter assumes that either Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio will be the GOP nominee (if Trump is not).

Coulter assumes that either Bush or Rubio would lose to Hillary.

All three assumptions are questionable.

Just this week, a Quinnipiac poll showed Hillary to be in jeopardy to both Bush and Rubio:

“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is behind or on the wrong side of a too-close-to-call result in matchups with three leading Republican contenders, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today.”

Hillary “star power” continues to decline, especially when confronted with specific (as opposed to generic) GOP candidates.

As Jonah Goldberg observes, “Donald Trump stakes much of his fortune on the alleged value of the Trump brand. Hillary Clinton’s candidacy rests on a similar assumption about the Clinton name. Both fail to take into account the fact that personality trumps brand.”

For Coulter, brand is all that matters. Only image counts. Integrity and veracity are disposable commodities in Coulter’s world. Hence, her many failures.[9]

When Coulter is consistently wrong on the same subject, why do people listen to her?

Update: As it turns out, Trump is already threatening a third party run.

Endnotes:

[1]               Ann Coulter, Good Day, LA, KTTV, 3/17/15.

[2]               Ann Coulter, CPAC, 2/16/11.

[3]               Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 11/15/11.

[4]               Ann Coulter, Boston Herald Drive, 6/4/15.

[5]               Ann Coulter, Alan Colmes Show, Fox News, 7/10/15.

[6]               See “Coulter Trumped Up” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7Q.

[7]               See “Coulter Defames American War Heroes” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-81.

[8]               Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 7/20/15.

[9]               See “Coulter Discovers RINOs will be … RINOs” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-56.