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Coulter Coyly Plays A Compassionate Christian On TV

Reported by Ellen - September 9, 2005

Ann Coulter, who once said "[m]y only regret with [Oklahoma City bomber] Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building" tried to pass herself off as a Christian-principled woman last night on Hannity & Colmes. That was shortly after she came on to Alan Colmes, a married man.

As I have written previously, Ann Coulter likes to play pouty with Colmes and last night was another example as she rolled her eyes and giggled while he read off a list of Bush Administration failures with regard to Hurricane Katrina. At one point, she reached over to touch him on the arm.

First, she claimed that it was "manifestly true" that nobody anticipated the breach of the levees (as Bush said), then she told Colmes that she didn't know the details about the relief response. It would have been nice if Coulter had taken the time to bone up on the subject which she was there to discuss. Apparently, knowledge has to take a back seat to thinking up clever invective and blowdrying her hair. A busy gal has to have her priorities, I suppose, and Coulter has made hers crystal clear.

She WAS prepared with an "Ain't I witty" attack on those criticizing the president. "I think this is pretty craven and pretty crass and we never even blamed the hurricane on Clinton." (Giggle and sidelong glance at Colmes).

Anybody with the faintest familiarity with Coulter must know how laughable it is for her to call anyone else crass. Here are a few examples of her own crassness:

She was fired from MSNBC for insulting a paralyzed Viet Nam War veteran by saying "No wonder you guys lost."

She stated that the debate during the Monica Lewinsky controversy should not be over whether or not Bill Clinton "did it" but whether he should be impeached or assassinated.

On an earlier Hannity & Colmes show, Coulter said, Canadians "better hope the United States doesn't roll over one night and crush them. They are lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent."

As she touched Colmes on the arm, Coulter tried to make herself look more compassionate. In her snob New England accent she said, "There's one point I would like to make in defense of the Blacks... and I do want to point out that New Orleans is 80% black. The vast majority of blacks got out. This isn't a black/white issue."

Funny, but nobody was attacking The Blacks (in my opinion, calling them "The Blacks" is, by itself, indicative of her us/them view). And her defense of the "vast majority" was an implicit attack on the minority who didn't get out.

One other detail Coulter didn't know: According to FOX News, Blacks made up only 67% of the New Orleans population.

I'm sorry to say that Colmes called her on none of her ignorant hypocrisy. In fact, I'm even sorrier to say that he seems to enjoy her presence.

When it was Hannity's turn, he wore his most sanctimonious, squinty-eyed look of indignation as he repeated his already-tired attack line: "I have never seen anything more grotesque than the politicizing of a catastrophe in the middle of the catastrophe." Then, of course, he did exactly that. Hannity said, "Look, I said at the time for days on the radio, this is not the time to assess blame, we've gotta save lives. While all the prominent Democrats - Dean and Kennedy and Hillary and Sydney Blumenthal and Paul Begala and all of them were attacking the president and politicizing this. I said 'Let's wait. There'll be plenty of time for that afterwards as there always is.'"

Next, Hannity viciously assailed the state government of Louisiana (which just happens to be Democratic) for keeping out Red Cross trucks with water "which is in my view THE MOST (his emphasis) corrupt instance or greatest example of government inefficiency in my life. Isn't that what we should be focusing on instead of blaming George Bush in Washington?"

Comment: How about focusing on whether FEMA and Department of Homeland Security are really prepared for a major disaster or terrorist attack instead of just blaming the mayor and governor? Or is saving lives too political? And there's always the question of why Bush WASN'T in Washington as a major city was destroyed. But that's probably too political as well.

Hannity took a hypocritical swipe at the news media for having "their agenda" in wanting to photograph the dead hurricane victims. Still with the sanctimony, he asked, "Where's our respect for those people?"

Coulter, doing her best to look grave (and I suspect she has never had a serious moment in her over-privileged life), said, "No, it's horrible... If this happened to you, why not a Christian principle of how you would want to be treated, yourself?"

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