Coulter? Never Heard of Her.
by Nancy Scola, Sun Mar 04, 2007 at 10:39:00 AM EST
This morning comes word that every Republican east and west of the Mississipi is appalled -- appalled! -- that Ann Coulter would stoop to slurring a Democratic presidential candidate. As it turns out, none of them had ever heard Ms. Coulter open her mouth before. This explains how they were blissfully unaware of such Coulterian wit and wisdom as 2005's "[Bill Clinton] was a very good rapist," 2004's description of one of the tenets of Islam as "'kill everyone who doesn't smell bad," 2002's "my only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building," and from the highly productive year of 2001: "we should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity" and "the presumption of innocence only means you don't go right to jail." On, and also from that year, her take on the legacy of school desegregation: "illiterate students knifing one another between acts of sodomy in the stairwell."
So on and so forth.
Being a provocative, cutting, political comic is one thing. Being an nondoctrinaire political thinker another. Both are things Ann Coulter is not. She's a bully, has been for years, and is egged-on in her bullydom because her shtick appeals to a certain element in American conservatism. It's what made her one of the stars of CPAC. So all these apologies and condemnations? A bit empty.
After the jump, the blast from the past -- the horrible, incredibly offensive words from Whoopi Goldberg in 2004 that outraged the White House and got her dropped as a SlimFast spokesperson:
Someone has tarnished name of `bush.' Someone has waged war, someone has deliberately misled the country, someone has attempted to amend the Constitution, all in the name of bush. The bush I know and cherish would never do such things. My bush is smarter than that. And if my bush is smarter than that, you can understand just how dumb I think that other Bush is.