Ann Coulter: Unusable and Not Funny
Townhall has published the Ann Coulter column that USA Today “spiked because it was ‘unusable’ and ‘not funny.'” Frankly, while it’s usable (for, say, lining bird cages) it’s not funny. It’s the same tired, worn-out cliches and insults that have been going around for years:
Here at the Spawn of Satan convention in Boston, conservatives are deploying a series of covert signals to identify one another, much like gay men do. My allies are the ones wearing crosses or American flags. The people sporting shirts emblazoned with the “F-word” are my opponents. Also, as always, the pretty girls and cops are on my side, most of them barely able to conceal their eye-rolling.
Democrats are constantly suing and slandering police as violent, fascist racists Ã¢€“ with the exception of Boston’s police, who’ll be lauded as national heroes right up until the Democrats pack up and leave town on Friday, whereupon they’ll revert to their natural state of being fascist, racist pigs.
Those things were mildly funny in, say, 1972.
Human Events has USA Today‘s editorial comments on the column, which, I must admit, are rather dense in their own right. For example, with respect to the passage quoted above, they respond:
EYE-ROLLING? AT WHAT?
WHAT DEMOCRATS SUE THE POLICE? BUT THEY WON’T ACTUALLY REVERT TO BEING FASCIST PIGS, DON’T YOU MEAN THE DEMS WILL THINK THEY HAVE REVERTED TO BEING FASCIST PIGS?
They’ve never encountered irony before, apparently. Still, as Michele Catalano, also responding to the first paragraph, notes
It’s a simple paragraph like that which will cause me to run screaming from the conservative base. A few days ago I said that liberalism is the new elitism. Perhaps I misspoke. Maybe extremism is the new elitism, on either side. Coulter’s piece – and just that one paragraph is enough to make my point – reeks of “better than you” attitude. Basically, she is saying that Democrats are ugly and vulgar while conservatives are beautiful, religious patriots. No matter how much you want to believe that, it’s just a ridiculous notion.
There’s a fine line between withering sarcasm and bitter vitriol. Coulter is a talented writer and occasionally gets off some good lines. Too often, though, she has all the subtlety of Michael Moore.