Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ann Coulter: right-wing lightning rod

Ann Coulter comes across to me as someone very much in love with herself and with little else. Apparently she’s on a crusade to make money, and it seems she’ll write or say anything that she thinks will speed her on her way. Coulter isn’t for everyone: she’s certainly not as clever, funny, provocative and/or interesting as the adoration of her right-wing fans would lead us to believe. Even so, she’s right-wing and newsworthy so, therefore, an object of my interest.

“I’ve interviewed many people over the years. Ann Coulter is one of the most gracious, witty, interesting and original I’ve had the privilege to meet.”

– Michael Coren

She’s no fool and should not be as quickly dismissed as she is by the left. Coulter is far better educated than most bloggers and many mainstream journalists and columnists. She has a law degree from an excellent school, and you don’t get that by being a one-dimensional right-wing dummy. Here’s a clip about her from Wikipedia:

“As an undergraduate at Cornell University, Coulter helped found The Cornell Review, and was a member of the Delta Gamma national women's fraternity. She graduated cum laude from Cornell in 1984 with a B.A. in history, and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she achieved membership in the Order of the Coif and was an editor of the Michigan Law Review. At Michigan, Coulter founded a local chapter of the Federalist Society and was trained at the National Journalism Center.”

But Coulter seems driven by controversy, and controversy is best achieved through outrage. And how best to generate outrage than to scream insults at liberals—an especially effective strategy if, occasionally, the insults are made with humour. Coulter’s hubris knows no bounds.

In the past Coulter has shown she’s no friend of Canada’s. Here’s a quote from her after the Canadian government refused to join the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq:

“They’d better hope the United States doesn’t roll over one night and crush them [Canada]. They are lucky we [Americans] allow them to exist on the same continent.”

She, of course, made no reference at that time to the very real contribution Canadians were making to the U.S-led war in Afghanistan. She—as did her like-minded president, George W. Bush—had little good to say about Canada in those days, but now seems quite happy to pocket steep speaking fees for doing the rounds above the 49th parallel.

Does she really believe half of what she says? Who knows.

As part of her Canadian speaking tour, Ann Coulter will appear tonight on the Michael Coren Show on CTS television. I’ll be watching and can only hope we’ll be spared her usual banal liberal-bashing and get the chance to hear an intelligent discussion of issues of interest to conservatives.

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  1. Its amazing how the left feel so threatened.

  2. I was thinking the same thing Rotterdam.

    I wouldn't have been shocked if Iffy had said the same thing about Canada.
    After all, he thinks our army are Herbivorian Boy Scouts, and our flag looks like a beer can label.

  3. Does the left feel threatened? I've yet to meet one person - whether left, centre or right - who isn't quick to dismiss Ms. Coulter. A mistake, perhaps, as Mr. Campbell suggests, but it seems that folks like Seamus Wolfe are a rare breed. Were it otherwise there would certainly have been some significant form of demonstration in London last night. It will be interesting to see what transpires this evening.

    "Does she really believe half of what she says?" I once thought so, but as the years have gone by I've come to realize she's an entertainer. Not terribly clever or funny, her act involves poking the centre and left by making absurd statements... and in doing so, she does the right a disservice.

  4. The left sends her a threatening letter, of possible "hate speech" charges.
    The left bans promotion posters at the U. of Ottawa campus.

    Some how I think "Israel Apartheid week" got a pass on both.

  5. The left isn't threatened by Coulter. She says silly stuff to sell books. Do you think the left is threatened when she says muslims should be banned from airplanes and may only use flying carpets? That's just silly. When the right wing says she's right the left laughs at how stupid conservatives are.

    Coulter, Palin, Limbaugh, Glen Beck these people are jokes. You can't build a society around the silly stuff they say.

  6. Sadly, Ann Coulter knows exactly what she's doing, and always has -- every step of the way.

    Francois Houle and the U of O have really screwed up -- by feeding more fuel to the firebrand.

    Ugh. This isn't going to go away quietly.