Ann Coulter actually sounded reasonable on Fox & Friends yesterday as she lit into Newt Gingrich and his right-wing talk-radio style of campaigning that won him the South Carolina primary the night before. “South Carolinians would rather have the emotional satisfaction of a snotty remark toward the president than to beat Obama in the fall,” Coulter said. It’s nice to see Coulter – a Romney supporter – talking up the importance of tamping down the heated rhetoric. But it’s hard to take her seriously given that that’s exactly the kind of rhetoric that is her stock in trade. However, it was a point that seemed to completely escape any of the Fox & Friends hosts.
The disingenuousness was apparent right at the start when Fox & Friends co-host Alisyn Camerota forgot her concerns about voter fraud as she gave Coulter – a two-time voter fraud suspect – a warm welcome.
It was refreshing to hear Coulter speak out against the kind of invective that is common on Fox News - even if she didn't mention the FNC elephant in the room.
I’m pretty sure we’re going to get everyone who voted for McCain since no one voted for McCain because we liked McCain. It was to stop Obama. We have those voters. Now you have to get people who voted for Obama and having, you know, a candidate who goes out and calls Obama a Kenyan colonialist or a socialist, that’s not what you need.
…(With Gingrich) you get the name calling for the president – very popular with the Tea Party crowd in South Carolina, not so popular with independents – but he won’t put a fence on the border, but he wants amnesty for illegals, but he took 1.6 million from Freddie Mac, but he attacked Paul Ryan’s plan on Social Security. So, you know, with Newt Gingrich, you throw out the baby and keep the bathwater!”
As if that wasn’t enough of a reversal, Coulter even defended CNN’s John King. She called his opening question to Gingrich during the debate (which Gingrich savaged) “a perfectly legitimate opening question.” She went on to say, “John King is a completely fair reporter, an honorable reporter… and Newt Gingrich goes back to the well to attacking the media. And I resent this.”
She summed it up by saying, “Republicans aren’t a mob. You’re not supposed to just go for the guy with the glib, cheap shot.”
That’s all well and good. But this is coming from a woman who makes a living off of glib, cheap shots: For example:
Coulter has said, “They shot the wrong Lincoln,” referring to then-Senator Lincoln Chafee and that there should have been a debate “whether to impeach or assassinate Bill Clinton.”
In one of her books, Coulter wrote, “Single motherhood is like a farm team for future criminals and social outcasts,” and that President Obama, actress Halle Berry, and musician Alicia Keys “race bait[ed] their way to success.”
In an earlier book, Coulter summed up her philosophy of punditry: “Start with the maximum assertion about liberals, and then push the envelope, because, as we know, their evil is incalculable. They stand for the godless rule of dictators. They apologize for abortion, adultery, and everything bestial in society. They support al Qaeda and the Taliban as they once supported Stalin and Mao. … This crowd is always in search of approval from people who want to harm America. Nothing too extreme can be said about liberals, because it’s all true.”
Coulter may well be correct in her assessment that Newt Gingrich is some kind of Frankenstein set loose in the Republican Party primary. But she has no business castigating him or the Party without considering her own role in creating that very monster.
But don’t count on any examination of that sort coming from any Fox host. If any of the curvy couch crew saw the hypocrisy of Coulter saying something to the effect of, “Do not as I say and not as I do, either,” they kept it well to themselves.
What’s interesting is not the bed Lil’ Annie made, it’s who was in her bed.
Pull up a comfy chair and make yourself a large tub of popcorn; this GOP sideshow will be very entertaining.
Reaping the harvest of Endless Hate and Intolerance.
A: “Where erections go to die.”