June 18, 2010

Oh look... Bill-O's trying to help Annie think that she's still relevant. What's the matter Ann, worried you got out crazied by Smokey Joe Barton apologizing to BP? Bill O'Reilly brought in Ann Coulter to comment on some of the reaction to President Obama's speech the other night because of course Coulter is the first person that would come to mind if the reason for the interview is to bash liberals.

Lots of name calling ensues with Coulter comparing liberals to children who supposedly think that President Obama is either the tooth fairy or Santa Claus. She also claims that liberals have now "lost the Katrina argument" and that liberals thought Obama was god, and that he "isn't even George Bush" when it comes to managing this disaster in the Gulf. And in Annie's world there are only two types of liberals, "run of the mill liberal disloyal backstabbing cowards" or far left loons for whom "Che Guevara would not be far enough left".

I'm not in the mood to try to debunk all of Coulter's nonsense since the flame thrower just isn't worth my energy. Paul Waldman has a really good article at The American Prospect I thought I'd share, explaining why Coulter's shtick of just saying something outrageous isn't making its way from the right wing rags where she's still writing to very many of the "mainstream" media outlets these days (other than Fox where O'Reilly and Hannity are still glad to have her on) besides the fact that the name calling just isn't that interesting.

What Ever Happened to Ann Coulter?

But something else happened. These are boom times for the right. Certain political sectors thrive when their side is out of power, and commentary is one of them. Being on the outside, and being angry at those on the inside, can be invigorating. That's why subscriptions to liberal magazines tend to go up when there's a Republican in the White House, and subscriptions to conservative magazines go up when there's a Democrat in the White House. But even though Barack Obama should have been great for Coulter, Inc., the right wing has passed her by. Her act seems somehow out of place. It's not that there isn't plenty of hate on the right, but Coulter's hate was just pure venom, without much point to it. She had none of the crazy conspiracy theories that have become de rigueur. She shot out in all directions, while the people at the top of the heap now, like Glenn Beck, are convinced they are driven by a complex and coherent ideology, complete with a Founding Father fetishism that would sound insincere coming from Coulter.

So she's been left behind, never to grace the cover of a national newsmagazine again. Tragic.

Sorry Annie but you've got a lot of work to do to keep up with the other wingnuts pulling the Republican Party into Crazy Town. Just calling liberals names doesn't cut it these days.

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