Joe, Rush, Sarah, and especially Ann: Say Adios

Remember that crazy woman in Pittsburgh who carved a backwards “B” into her own cheek and then claimed that rampaging black men had assaulted her because they saw a “McCain-Palin” bumper sticker on her car? Well, Ann Coulter’s routine on The View this morning proved that she’s just as crazy as the Pittsburgh woman (although, unfortunately, more politically influential).

Ann Coulter shills for a right-wing political movement dedicated to shredding the social safety net designed to provide assistance to poor working mothers by savaging these same single mothers as the scourge of society for rearing “70 percent of rapists, murderers, and other criminals.” She then weaves this diatribe into being part of a gigantic “Liberal” conspiracy to destroy everything that is wholesome, pure, and good in Coulter’s version of Norman Rockwell America.

She claimed today that “forty years of social science research” backs up her Dickensian, “Are there no workhouses?” worldview. But, whoa, does she leave out a lot! Little things that tend to undermine her “argument”: like forty years of social science scholarship documenting the feminization of poverty. But no one should expect Coulter to bother to Google Barbara Ehrenreich or Katha Pollit or Susan Douglas or hundreds of other scholars and researchers on the subject. Coulter’s “free market” prescriptions for addressing the feminization of poverty via draconian reductions in social spending contradict her whole take on the meaning of “victimization.”

Coulter’s pure, unalloyed, crystalline hypocrisy was on full display on The View when she kept whining about being “attacked” because a couple of smart women asked her to explain some of her bogus assumptions. Coulter, like Sarah Palin, is used to being surrounded by a gaggle of star-struck horny white Republican men who lob her soft balls and nod in agreement with all her übermenchen social theories.

What was most astonishing about her appearance on The View today was her shtick whereby she tries to cast herself as some kind of “moral authority” hurling stern judgments on other women’s lives. Sheez! Give it a rest already! Whoopi Goldberg summed it up as the segment was tossed to a commercial. She said to Coulter: “You can dish it out but you can’t take it.”

I’m glad Goldberg asked Coulter if she has any children or stepchildren. That is a relevant question. If someone is going to indict an entire group of women who struggle each day to pull together a livelihood for their children she should be prepared to answer personal questions about her own circumstance regarding children in a public forum. The women of The View asked Coulter about widows and women who left abusive relationships; do these women too provide fodder for Coulter’s attacks? Of course they do!

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I wish Ann Coulter would just go away. And I wish she would take Joe the Plumber and Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin and the whole Republican “movement” carnival act with her. But I know that will never happen. These right-wing corporate media darlings have access to piles of money to circulate their “ideas” in the public discourse as promoted through “books” and A.M. talk radio shows.

joseph-palmero.gifTheir authoritarian, racist, “eat the poor” ideology serves the interests of ruling corporate elites; so these barren, windswept notions will be shoved down our throats no matter how many Barack Obamas we elect. “Global warming doesn’t exist!” “Labor unions are evil and corrupt!” “Liberals coddle single mothers and single mothers raise children to be criminals!” “Cut corporate taxes and regulations and prosperity will ‘trickle down!'” “Ketchup is a vegetable!” “Trees cause pollution!” And so on, and on, and on.

by Joseph Palermo

Joseph Palermo is Associate Professor of American History at CSU, Sacramento. He’s the author of two books on Robert F. Kennedy: In His Own Right (2001) and RFK (2008).

Reprinted with permission from the author.

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Comments

  1. john hardin says

    We can make them all go away if we all make this pledge;
    “When ever I see or hear this person (Ann Coulter ect)on TV
    radio or any over media, I will change the channel or turn it off.
    If you follow this creed they will soon fade away.

  2. Lynda Andrews says

    Ann Coulter like many white americans are bewildered by Barack Obama’s indentification with Black america. It’s like if given the chance how could you prefer to embrace the black community culturally when you owe your white mother the respect to turn your back on all things black. Be serous.

  3. John Gwazdosky says

    Coulter, Hassellbeck, Cancer, all the same disease with no cure in site. These two women are trash making tons of money with their crap and what do we do, why we provide media coverage for them because we don’t want to offend them. Screw them!

  4. Phil says

    Everyone talks about the conservative Republicans and their numskull President in the meantime the Democrats AKA left wing nuts are planning how to destroy the United States.Obama’s cabinet is being made up of people withe questionable rewumes. Clean up your own act.

  5. Clyde Derrick says

    I am with you on Ann Coulter! She is an embarrassment even to the addle-brained Republicans. How does this woman merit any press time? Doesn’t she deserve the career melt-down that Anita Bryant experienced for simply being stupid?

  6. says

    I agree with you on every single word you have said. But as I much as I’d like this group of neo-cons to vanish from the face of the Earth, we must realize one good thing they provide. They are exposing the Republican party for what they are. Let them keep making asses out of themselves and eventually they’ll take their party down with them.

  7. Lynn Huidekoper, RN says

    I have always felt that Ann is an anorexic bitch. Anorexic women and teens( I have cared for them in my nursing career) are very angry, rigid and controlling. Whoopie’s comment was right on. Her behavior on the View was analyzed by pundits last night and many felt that she will just self-destruct eventually-that her negativity will no longer be novel.
    I can’t imagine her having sex and children. She’s not a nice person, period.

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