Haven't We All Had Enough of Ann Coulter?
Reported by Marie Therese - June 7, 2006
Last night on their show Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes gave the Mistress of Mean, Ann Coulter, not one but two segments to discuss her new book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism. Earlier in the day as I was driving and listening to Ed Schultz on Air America, he explained to his listeners that even though he'd been offered a chance to interview Coulter, he'd turned it down. Why? Because, basically, she's got nothing new to say. After last night, I agree with him.
In the new book Coulter shocked many when she made inflammatory and callous statements about the 9-11 widows who oppose George Bush and the war on Iraq:
" These self-obsessed women seem genuinely unaware that 9-11 was an attack on our nation and acted like as if the terrorist attack only happened to them. They believe the entire country was required to marinate in their exquisite personal agony. Apparently, denouncing bush was part of the closure process.
"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husbandâs death so much." [from Godless]
After announcing that Coulter deliberately chose the Day of the Antichrist - 06-06-06 - to launch her book, Hannity immediately did a belly-flop into a pool of supposition and blamed "liberals" for the murder of Clemson student Tiffany Souers, whose mother they had just interviewed. He conflated the Souers case with Coulter's chapter about Willie Horton. Horton was a murderer released on a weekend furlough under a program approved by Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Horton then used his furlough to assault a man and rape his fiancee.
When Dukakis ran against George H. W. Bush in 1988, the Bush campaign, which was being largely directed by his campaign manager, Lee Atwater, working closely with the candidate's youngest son, George W. Bush, seized on this and plastered the airwaves with a now-infamous ad in which they painted Dukakis as too soft on crime.
Using the Horton case, Coulter has claimed in her book that there is a "general compulsion" among liberals to "free criminals."
COULTER: "I can assure you it wasn't a conservative legislature or a conservative judge who was releasing these guys."
Alan Colmes asked her about her "Christianity".
COLMES: "You say your Christianity fuels everything you do, and everything you write and that you're called upon to battle cruelty ... Would Jesus sanction a book that belittles and ridicules a large segment of the American population?"
As justification, Coulter compared liberals to the moneychangers that Jesus swept out of the temple with a whip. She then went on to say that "liberals always think of Christ as some kind of panty-waist." When pressed by Colmes to identify which liberals feel that way, she suddenly got very cagey and defensive, saying "This naming names things you're not gettin' me into." Colmes kept pressing her for specific names but she dodged the question repeatedly.
COULTER: "This naming names idea of who's a liberal and who's godless, I mean, that is a way of preventing me - or anyone - from talking about liberalism."
It became obvious that Lawyer Coulter was dodging the questions because she knew she was on thin ice and could be sued the minute she actually mentioned a real live person on air. (In fact, it would not surprise this News Hound in the least if she is being sued by the 9-11 widows she slandered in her book!)
During the second segment, Colmes went after Coulter on the issue of whether or not she committed voter fraud in Florida as alleged by Election Supervisor Arthur Anderson.
Coulter's reponse? "I think that syphilis has gone to their brains."
When pressed by Colmes, she refused to answer direct questions, hiding behind claims that this would let her "stalkers" know her address. She did, however, say, directly, "I live in New York" and then denied receiving a registered letter from Mr. Anderson's office. "This is all false, I'm telling you'," she said, clearly angry. "Ya' gotta stop. The Treason Times may hate America but they're at least accurate. When you go to the bush league newspapers, you get all the venom of the New York
Times, but they're all retarded." (I wondered at the time if Coulter realized that her use of the words "bush league" might not go over so well with FOX viewers?)
Colmes then questioned her about her appalling statements regarding the 9-11 widows. Coulter again stepped in it big-time, claiming that the Republican widows of 9-11 were not Republican until they'd experienced a "conversion." Quite literally, as you read the exchange below, I believe you will see that Coulter may be losing it.
COLMES: "You've actually attacked women - bereaved women - and you've called them 'sobbing, hysterical women'...."
COULTER: "I don't attack them for being widows. I attack - I simply do not believe that having their husband die entitles your left-wing views to sanctification..."
COLMES: "They're not all left-wing."
COULTER (overtalking him): "... and I think this is the most vulgar thing ..."
COLMES: "In fact, many of them were Republicans and voted for Bush."
COULTER: "Yes, until then."
COLMES: "Yes, That's right."
COULTER (disparaging tone): "Yes. We always hear about the Damascus Road conversion. I'm sure they were. Not - no. This is, I think, a serious point. The liberal - and it's a chapter in my book on liberal infallibility - and I think it is one of the most vulgar things liberals have done to discourse in America and that is this personal ..."
COLMES: "These women were not liberals, these women who spoke out."
COULTER: "Wait, just let me finish this. This personal authenticity to have a position on something. What can I not talk to you about, you know, discrimination against Jews?"
COLMES: "No one's stopping you."
COULTER: "Can you not talk to me about women in America?" (she quickly glanced at Hannity, who remained silent through most of the entire interview)
COLMES: "No one's stopping you. Look at the broad platform we have."
COULTER: "Do I have to kill my mother, so I can be a victim, too?"
COLMES (trying to get her to hear him): "But, Ann, these women are not liberal ..."
COULTER: "They're always putting forward ..."
COLMES: "... these women who spoke out."
COULTER: "No. They say they need to be listened to and we can't respond, because they're victims."
COLMES: "Would you call grieving, sobbing ..."
COULTER: "Nobody likes being lectured by a victim."
COLMES: "Do you think calling them 'sobbing, hysterical women' when these women had their husbands blown up by terrorists shows due respect to these grieving widows?"
COULTER: "You're leaving out the entire point of why they are even in the news and we're being - and we're talking about them. They injected themselves into the public debate. They're giving - um - um - um - interviews, you know ..."
COULTER: "... and press conferences on public policy ..."
COLMES: "They get to speak out, too."
COULTER: " ... on the response to 9-11."
During the first segment Hannity and Colmes followed their usual precise division of time, each speaking with Coulter for 2 minutes. However, during the second interview, they abandoned this ironclad division of labor. Coulter was quizzed for 3 minutes by Colmes and only during the last minute by Hannity, who tried to bring the ranting woman back to the conservative talking points.
Realizing that, in the eyes of the FOX viewers, Coulter had repeatedly slandered all of the 9-11 widows, Hannity tried to do damage control, saying "I guess now we're going to accuse the President of using widows for - is that what I'm hearin'?"
Of course, Hannity's sentence, being incomplete, actually had no meaning per se. But it served to imply to the less astute of the FOX viewers that somehow liberals were accusing the President of something nefarious. Never mind that neither Colmes nor Coulter had mentioned the President at all in this second segment!
Calling the book "provocative", Hannity questioned Coulter about her chapter entitled "Holiest Sacrament: Abortion". Coulter responded, "I think we may be at the point where the abortion ladies are finally gonna be thrown off the boat, but they are the last ones the Democratic Party are going to throw out." She continued, saying "I mean it is striking that Bill Clinton, the last Democrat the Democrats have been able to trick the American people into putting in the White House, sold out basically every Democratic special interest group but one. He vetoed the partial birth abortion ban twice."
Coulter then explained what she meant by the title of the book - Godless: The Church of Liberalism.
COULTER: "Well, it is an entire cosmology, a view of the world, beliefs in the supernatural. I do think - something I don't get to until the end of the book - that at the root of a lot of it is their obsession with Darwinism and the Darwinian view of the world, which replaces the sanctification of life with sanctification of sex and death. Sex and death - that's how you get the improvement in the species and, allegedly, the new species, which they've never been able to produce."
Hannity told Coulter that "when I mention your name to liberals, they melt. You are like Alka-Seltzer in water. They bubble, fizz, give off their energy. You are the Antichrist to them." He then asked her to explain where her philosophy came from.
COULTER: " ... I'm a Christian and everything comes from being a Christian. ... I do think Christianity fuels all of my books because you are called upon to behave in a certain way as a Christian and that is to fight lies, injustice, cruelty, hypocrisy, that fuels everything."
Good Christian moneychanger that he is, Hannity ended the interview by plugging his radio show and a book-signing by Coulter.
Colmes got the last word: "By the way, this is great because on 06-06-06, we're one of the only shows to bring the Antichrist to you."
Throughout the interview Alan Colmes tried his best to counter Coulter's irrational bleating with rational ideas. By doing so, he fell into the classic liberal trap. Reason doesn't work with people like Ann Coulter. This is a highly-educated woman, a lawyer, who pretends that she doesn't know the difference between religion and political philosophy. She deliberately eschews reason in favor of offensive sound bites.
However, there seemed to be a curious departure from the standard Hannity & Colmes routine last night. This is based strictly on my womans' intuition. It seemed to me that Sean Hannity distanced himself from Coulter. I wondered if Little Annie Loudmouth has become box-office poison for conservatives now that she's lashed out at the powerful Republican women who lost their husbands on September 11th. Time will tell.
SPECIAL NOTES: For Ellen's fans, she is out of town for a few days and will back by Friday!
I apologize for all the typos in the original posting. I was under severe time constraints and felt it was important to get the post uploaded in as timely a fashion as possible. The typos have been corrected. - MT