guest post by Taylor Marsh
When I saw the latest insanity in The New Republic, "A Defense of Ann Coulter" by Elspeth Reeve, I knew it was time to let fly my latest piece. Reeve’s article is a beauty. That is if you like pimping for the Republicans’ prime propagandist.
Yes, yes, Coulter has said some terrible things. But I don’t think it’s the terrible things that really bother liberals. Coulter makes us cringe not when she lies, but when she says things we wish weren’t true. …
If you’re really looking for the truth about Ann Coulter, I suggest you read on.
On the YAF site selling the Ann Coulter poster, this is the description: The Beauty of Conservatism, Ann Coulter – best-selling author, witty columnist, and compelling speaker – proves it is possible to be beautiful, intelligent, and conservative. It’s important to note a couple of things. First, they describe her columns as "witty." Secondly, that "beautiful" comes before either "intelligent" or "conservative." Witty and beautiful are her top commodities in the YAF "marketplace". But it’s the whole package conservatives are taking to the bank, no matter how wrong their right-wing diva can be.
"I think [Whitewater]’s going to prevent the First Lady from running for Senate."— Ann Coulter on Rivera Live 3/12/99
YAF has been around for a long time, as many of you know. Their major issues include: combating "racial preferences," also known as affirmative action; feminism, communism and Marxism, and "diversity." "Quacks" bother them, fascism not so much.
"My libertarian friends are probably getting a little upset now but I think that’s because they never appreciate the benefits of local fascism."— Ann Coulter on MSNBC, 2/8/97
For the longest time, Phyllis Schlafly, then Dr. Laura, were the poster girls for the conservative right. My brother debated Schlafly back in Missouri during the ERA days. She may make a good case, but she’s nothing to look at, though back then that was no crime. However, in the new age of TV glamour, cool and celebrity, the conservatives were being out distanced by a mile. So what’s a conservative party to do? Find some way to make conservatism cool. It was post Reagan, when Bush 41 just didn’t cut it, with the rise of Bill Clinton, who was as cool a political conglomerate as we’d ever seen. Something had to be done. (more…)