The Paris Hilton of politics

Ann Coulter is the Paris Hilton of politics, the blonde bimbo liberals love to hate but also one that TV loves to promote because putting her on the air drives up ratings and public debate.

Outrageous? Damn right she is. That’s her stock in trade, her modus operandi, her act. Like Hilton, she’s a self-promoting media machine that feeds on a public appetite for excess.

There have been many debates over whether or not Coulter actually believes the hate she spews. The same questions circle around other right-wing demagogues: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Mike Savage, et. al.

Her fans claim Coulter is the right-wing’s sex symbol, a leggy blonde who favors short skirts and low-cut blouses but others wonder if her bile is fueled by anorexia. Her hard features remind us more of the skank we too often woke up next to after a hard night of drinking. A closer examination reveals she has been rode hard and put up wet a few times too many.

But her vitriol sells books, raises ratings and even helps the current target of her hate — Democrat John Edwards — raise campaign cash.

Opportunism, it seems, can be a two-way street.

Some, however, say enough is enough. Notes The Nation:

We can’t expect TV news to have standards, but it should have limits. Not many, but a few. At least one limit. When a guest on Good Morning America urges the murder of one of our leading presidential candidates, somebody has exceeded the limit. A person who does that needs to be, should be, ought to be, must be kicked off the air permanently. Please look at this:

On another occasion, this time on CSPAN, Ms. Coulter had suggested her targeted politician is a “faggot.”

Such epithets are tasteless but they fall short of deserving banishment from the airwaves. Making sport of the death of one of the Edwards’ children tends toward cruelty, but it still falls short of meriting exclusion from the TV cameras.

Urging murder does not fall short. It is one thing for Ms. Coulter, a notorious opponent of gun control, to argue that everyone ought to be able to own one, but it is a different kettle of fish when she says on national television which of her political enemies the gun should be aimed at.

We live in the 007 age. A time of termination with extreme prejudice, of targeted assassination, the surgical strike, men and women suicide bombers, hit men, button men, killers for hire, killers for religion, killers for politics. The air is heavy with menace. Every entrance and exit from the ABC network building in which Ms. Coulter urged the murder of John Edwards, is heavily guarded.

If confronted, Coulter will probably say that she was joking. A joke like that at the airport ticket counter would get her arrested. A joke like that should get her kicked off network broadcasting once and for all.

Comments

  1. Steve Horn

    Sex symbol? I’ll dispute that one to the grave – she’s more a shining example of beauty being skin deep – but ugly running to the core …

  2. bryan mcclellan

    Dear Sandra :AMEN ! You are soooooooooo correct.Wish I could say it so well..

  3. www.nazilieskill.us

    It’s not Coulter. The real problem is that the Nazi media won’t carry anyone who can counter her. The fault lies in our institutions (which are Nazi), not in our personalities.

    John Hanks, Laramie, Wyoming

  4. www.nazilieskill.us

    The problem is not in Coulter. The real problem lies in our corrupt right-wing media institutions which refuse to carry anyone who can counter her (there are plenty). Only Air America radio carries anyone in opposition.

    John Hanks, Laramie, Wyoming

  5. JoshuasGrandma

    You demean Paris Hilton with the comparison; Kiki is right on. But the attack on Elizabeth Edwards is shameful. Mrs Edwards is a class act; Ms Coulter is nothing but one of the puppetmaster’s toadies sent out to spew tarnish because the Edwards are clearly electable, clearly not wimpish, and smart enough to turn the tables by turning the attacks into fund raisers

  6. erikvilius.blogspot.com

    Coulter is a one woman hate crime with only a couple of wheels on the tracks headed for a train wreck. I would pay almost anything to hear her one on one with Randi Rhodes. Instead of just sitting there lapping it all up Rhodes would clean her clock. Why the hard on for this skank ? Now Valerie Plame… she’s a bomb. – EV

  7. JudyB

    MSNBC lost me as a regular viewer when they fired Don Imus.
    In their statement on firing Imus, they stated..
    “What matters to us most is that the men and women of NBC Universal have confidence in the values we have set for this company. This is the only decision that makes that possible.”

    When?, I ask you has Ann Coulter ever had even a modicum of decency that would inspire the confidence and values that MSNBC prouldy stated that they had set for their company in that statement? The answer to that question is NEVER!

    Giving air time to the ilk of those like Coulter, Limbaugh, O’Reilly and the “Swift Boaters” serve no purpose other than inspire other to spew hate and to get rich selling their books while doing so.

    If I want to listen to lies I can always listen to Bush/Cheney and their henchmen, and trust me, I don’t!

  8. ronjohnstone

    3 Cheers for Elizabeth Edwards for calling in and taking this Coulter person to task for her hateful speech! By doing so it was picked up by many news services and Coulter was widely shown as a truly nasty person. Perhaps her book sales will now drop off and she will disappear from mainstream media.

  9. Joe Lawrence

    Go back a few years. Search for and read the many observations of past acquaintances, contemporaries and colleagues of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and the rest of the currently prominent hate-mongers. The observations all speak of childishly belligerent, conniving, manipulative, selfish, self-aggrandizing and simply mean-spirited behaviors from the bunch of them.

    Whether it’s Bush endlessly demanding ‘do-overs’ in golf, tennis or cheerleading, Coulter’s back-stabbing of fellow law students, Limbaugh’s – then known as Geoffrey Christie – snide and inconsiderate upstaging of other radio personalities and staff at KQV (Pittsburgh), the same themes resound. These observations come from people with no axe to grind, all being successful people from varied political persuasions and backgrounds, and without any involvement in current national politics.

    What else is to be expected from these spoiled brats? Does anyone know someone like that? Sure, we all do.

    But to nominate Coulter as “sexy” in any way? Don’t make me laugh. Smart, maybe, but with very ulterior motives and for the most Machiavellian of causes – the demise of our constitutional form of government, as we have known it, while baffling us with their bullshit and dazzling us with their endless array of shiney objects of distraction. Each imagines himself or herself to be a part of some elite corps who will be in charge of the Brave New World, mush as the remaining thirty-percenters force themselves to believe that ANY of the above-mentioned care one rat’s rear end about them.

    It would all be very funny, were the stakes not so high.

    Joe Lawrence

  10. Electric Bill

    I’m down with Bryan McClellan on Coulter. She looks like either a botched sex change operation or a badly made up drag queen to me. I’d hate to be the one to see what’s under the “short skirts and low-cut blouses” she favors. It would probably put me off my game for a while.

  11. LurkingFromTheLeft

    …that HAS been among the talk about ‘her’ for sometime –

    …she surely has some big – er uh um ah – features –

    …and her style of dress is consistent/typical of transgendered sorts – they want to experience what they didn’t get to when they were younger –

    …I usually refer to ‘her’ as S.B. – rhymes with hanky ditch –

    LFTL

  12. Donnat

    It doesn’t surprise me that the blood thirsty right wing thinks this is the epitome of womanhood.

    I just wonder how fast the networks will finally drop her when someone finally acts on her urging and the surviving relatives file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against her.

    Donnat

  13. Janet

    First of all, Coulter is not a sex symbol. She appears to be a 6′ tall man in drag. How many women have you seen with Adam’s Apples? Women don’t have them. If you find her sexy, well, what does that say about you? Maybe gay?

    Second, Coulter adds nothing of importance or relevance to the discourse. She is not brilliant in my opinion. She is very immature, pathologically narcissistic and spews insults like a nasty high school girl. What does it add to any debate to call people names or insult their appearance? This is so high school and doesn’t deserve air time or press. She is no better than a KKK redneck.

    Joe Scarborough this morning compared Coulter to Bill Maher which is ridiculous. Maher is brilliant and speaks of the issues with coherence and thought, as well as humor. Coulter just insults people as if she is queen of the nasty girl prom. I can’t stand listening to her – and don’t. I switched the channel when she was being interviewed on Hardball and on Scarborough. Stop giving this tweener witch air time.

    She respects nobody, regardless of their office or accomplishments, and so deserves no respect or attention herself.

  14. kent shaw

    I’ve had my eye on you, Hanks. I like the way you think.

    Kent Shaw
    Mechanicsburg, PA

  15. kent shaw

    Let us not increasingly revert to juvenile invective, thus stooping to the exact level of this counterproductive, cloying, annoying and ultimately forgettable Coulter woman, whoever the Hell she is.

    Kent Shaw

  16. nuQler Ostrich

    The Ru-Paul of Politics…

    Born Jeremy Levinsohn became a drag queen in Key West some years ago, and then re-appeared as Ann Coulter, known as “Adams Apple Andy” around these parts.

    Google Jeremy Levinsohn or his pseudonym “Pudenda Shenanigans”

    It’s no secret.

  17. UpChukker

    Ann Coulter is the most arrogant, ugly bitch I can think of. She looks like she had an elephant sit on her face after an especially bad fecal moment. And that’s on a GOOD day. This hermaphodite is a slimy imbecilian bitch with terminal PMS. She makes Bill O’Reilly seem like a school kid. The last time I saw Ann Coulter on the slimy show “Hannity and Colmes” she excreted:

    “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.”

    And oh yes, another favorite:

    “My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.”

    She, with DickFace Cheney, would make a fine set of Repukian candidates for Veep and President.
    The most despised slimy people ever on one “winning” ticket.