June 9, 2006

Schadenfreude Friday: Coulter Country

Admittedly, this isn't technically schadenfreude in the truest sense but this week, I just can't help cutting a few corners.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Conservative author Ann Coulter sparked a storm on Wednesday after describing a group of September 11 widows who backed the Democratic Party as millionaire "witches" reveling in their status as celebrities.

"I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much," Coulter writes in her book "Godless: The Church of Liberalism," published on Tuesday, referring to four women who headed a campaign that resulted in the creation of the September 11 Commission that investigated the hijacked plane attacks.

Coulter wrote that the women were millionaires as a result of compensation settlements and were "reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis."

There was no joy in watching men that we loved burn alive. There was no happiness in telling our children that their fathers were never coming home again," said the statement signed by the four, along with a fifth woman, Monica Gabrielle.

The four women, who live in or around East Brunswick, New Jersey, became friends after September 11 and formed a group that agitated for the investigation. "Our only motivation ever was to make our nation safer," they said.

Coulter is known for a combative column after September 11 saying, "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." In one book, she wrote, "Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do."

Here's the thing, short and sweet - I'm sick and tired of this foul bitch spewing absolutely hateful drivel at the expense of people who are just trying to do the right thing. I - while I in no way content that my anger should or could be equal to the victims of 9/11 or their families - am fed up with being characterized as an ignorant, sniveling liberal whose freedoms should be taken away.

What I really want to know is how this woman - a term I use incredibly loosely - managed to get away with saying such terrible, stupid and racist things time and time again, unchallenged. Let's take a look back at some of Coulter's finest moments, shall we?

"Liberal soccer moms are precisely as likely to receive anthrax in the mail as to develop a capacity for linear thinking."

"Liberals are stalwart defenders of civil liberties - provided we're only talking about criminals."

"Liberals become indignant when you question their patriotism, but simultaneously work overtime to give terrorists a cushion for the next attack and laugh at dumb Americans who love their country and hate the enemy."

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

"Whether they are defending the Soviet Union or bleating for Saddam Hussein, liberals are always against America. They are either traitors or idiots, and on the matter of America's self-preservation, the difference is irrelevant."

"Liberals hate America, they hate "flag-wavers," they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam (post 9/11). Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now."

"Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours."

"It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 - except Goldwater in '64 - the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted."

"Being nice to people is, in fact, one of the incidental tenets of Christianity (as opposed to other religions whose tenets are more along the lines of 'kill everyone who doesn't smell bad and doesn't answer to the name Mohammed')".

"To The People Of Islam: Just think: If we'd invaded your countries, killed your leaders and converted you to Christianity YOU'D ALL BE OPENING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS RIGHT ABOUT NOW! Merry Christmas."

This is a free country. Everyone has the right to their opinion and, further, to express that opinion. But opinions, especially when they've given an audience the size and scope of Coulter's, must be tempered a certain amount of responsibility. What scares me even more is the fact that her latest book will probably shoot to the top of the bestseller lists.

Posted by Chris at June 9, 2006 6:46 AM

She is a very scary person. I can't beleive there isnt more uproar over her statements. She reminds me of a child acting out, seeking any kind of attention she can get....

Posted by: Lisa at June 9, 2006 6:51 AM

She disgusts me.

Posted by: amber at June 9, 2006 6:54 AM

Her comments don't garner much in the way of challenge because she's not seen as a serious threat...most likely because she is a woman, though possibly because her comments are often too extreme to be taken seriously...kinda like ol' Pat Robertson.
Just my opinion.

Posted by: Jaycie at June 9, 2006 7:07 AM

Her picture next to her column looks so very innocent and pretty, yet the crap that spills over...oy.

(On a different note. Been really busy and doing a million things around home and discovered some new -to me- music on iTunes. I thought I would ask you about this group, since you seem to know all about music and as I'm typing this comment, I see their name in your 'cranking the volume'. I am totally in love with The Weepies. Especially "Gotta Have You". I also am favoring "Painting By Chagall".)

Posted by: angela marie at June 9, 2006 7:11 AM

While I don't seem to share your political bent, I fo' shizzle do not share hers. All that hatred and rage, for people who simply do no share her political views.

The word for what she spews is 'vitriol', nothing more, nothing less.

Having said that, though, I also have to say how very uneasy it makes me when someone wishes Bush would die violently.

Two sides of the same coin. We don't all have to agree, but to quote a great American, 'Can't we all just get along?'.

Posted by: Contrary at June 9, 2006 7:11 AM

Part of me hopes that inside her is a tortured, miserable vegan lesbian, just aching to be set free.

Posted by: Nicole at June 9, 2006 7:12 AM

She who I will not name would never have gotten as far as she has had it not been for the main stream media fawning all over her.

Every bit of press she receives, good or bad, inflates that already monstrous ego.

I hoped this time she'd gone too far but then I thought that when she was recommending poisoning a Supreme Court Justice. I don't know how many laws she broke with that little statement. What happened? Nothing. They think she's joking but she's not.

If you or I had said something like that publicly, we'd be Guantanamo bound.

This story has led on every political blog I've read today - except mine. I thought about it most of the day and finally decided she wasn't worth my time and energy. I'm happy to let her crawl back into the slime from whence she came.

Posted by: ann adams at June 9, 2006 7:32 AM

Comments must be tempered with a certain amount of responsibility? There is no rule book for free speech. Either one has it, (responsibility) or they don't and everyone of them gets to use/abuse as they please. You just let whoever say whatever, soak up what you value and let the rest slide off your back. The rise she induces is exactly what she's going for.

Posted by: wlfldy at June 9, 2006 8:23 AM

Anybody else wonder what Ann Coulter was like as a child?

Posted by: Betti at June 9, 2006 8:31 AM

That woman just amazes me, and not in a good way. Who does she think she is saying those things? She's obviously never heard of decorum. It's one thing to think those things, but yet another to say them out loud. Not that I'd ever think any of those things, actually, but, yeah, I don't get it. She was on the Today show the other day and my husband caught a couple of minutes of it and seriously asked "Who is this idiot?" She kind of acts like extreme conservatives pulled a Stepford transformation on her. Gah!

(Can you tell she drives me up the damn wall?)

Posted by: Jessie at June 9, 2006 8:32 AM

The Bill of Rights gives her the right to say those nasty things, but it does not guarantee her an audience.

I refuse to buy her books, or provide another rating point to any program she appears on.

Posted by: Allan at June 9, 2006 8:41 AM

Oh God! :O
Thats absolute poison or worse! I say lets just burn the damn b**** down at a town meeting like they did witches in Salem. But I dont mean that, just a shocked reaction from me!
I tried picking my choice of the "worst" quote from those you listed and discussing it, but I could not just pick one! And saying those things about 9/11 families, she has no right whatsoever! No one knows what they went through. I'm gonna make sure no one buys her poisonous book!

Posted by: Dee at June 9, 2006 8:51 AM

amen, chris. coulter infuriates me to no end; and on pretty much every count imaginable. i'm practically ashamed to share a gender with her.

Posted by: Judy at June 9, 2006 9:00 AM

If she wasn't a Tall Blonde Woman, nobody would be paying attention.

Posted by: Latte Man at June 9, 2006 9:24 AM

Like most political hacks, she has to be extreme to keep her popularity up. Just like Howard Stern. Just like Al Gore.

I picture politics like a back yard separated by a fence. People gather by the fence on one side or the other to disucss topics, gossip, settle disputes and come up with new Ideas. Then there are poepl who refuse to come to the fence to talk. They stay on the other side of the yard, far left or far right and in order for their ideas to be heard they have to scream. By screaming, all the people at the fence have to turn and listen and get distracted by the screaming and they forget why they were at the fence to begin with. I am not saying that people like Coulter or Michale Moore should be ignored, but I do think they should stop screaming and walk over to the fence and join in the conversation.

Sorry a lot of symbolism in this comment.

Posted by: Bill at June 9, 2006 9:25 AM

Sad but true proof that it does not take intelligence to gather an audience. Scary.

Posted by: Traci at June 9, 2006 9:31 AM

I'm all free speech and everything, but it is one thing to speak your mind after learning about a subject and it is quite another to choose to remain uneducated about the subject and still speak on it. Ms. Coulter, it seems to me you need to sit down and read a few books other than your own (one on world religions would be an excellent place to start) instead of spouting this ignorant hated.

Posted by: Beth in StL at June 9, 2006 9:41 AM

i've absolutely no respect for a word that comes from that woman's mouth.

Posted by: suze at June 9, 2006 9:42 AM

Well if it makes you feel any better, I've never heard of this woman until right now. But then again I live in Oklahoma and rarely come out from under the rock I live in.

Posted by: Carrisa at June 9, 2006 9:54 AM

WTF...this b**** is crazy. To be honest, I had only vague recognition of her name, so I went to her site to research (though she didn't deserve the 'hit')--anyone that touts being on Geraldo as an accomplishment needs to have her head examined.

Posted by: Liz at June 9, 2006 10:11 AM

I posted about this quote last night. Go look at the fine visual I located on Google Images. This slag heap of a human (Coulter) defies description. By trying to adequately capture her festering soul in words, I only find myself sounding just like her. Glad we think alike.

Posted by: wordgirl at June 9, 2006 10:36 AM

While I disagree with her and find her choice of rhetoric abhorrent, I have to wonder if her agenda is to get the other side of the political spectrum to freak out and hurl horrible words back at her so both sides crumble under the weight of their own lost credibility. A kamikaze political attack, so to speak.

I'm not sure who is buying her books, or if there is an audience that is as ridiculously rabid as she is, but I'm beginning to think the best way to deal with her is to ignore her altogether. If she's not causing shock and outrage and gaining more of an audience for herself, she loses her 'power.' And ultimately, I have to believe that all the hatred and nasty she's sown will come back to her in a dramatically appropriate fashion, even if we never see it.

But bottom line: there has to be a middle, like the fence in the previous post, where either side of the spectrum isn't threatening to obliterate one another. People like Coulter need to pause for a breath, though. How to make that happen? No idea.

Posted by: Sarah at June 9, 2006 10:41 AM

Part of me hopes that her persona is just an act, to shock and sell books.

That's about the only justification I can find for her.

Posted by: Alison at June 9, 2006 10:58 AM

Wow. I mean, I have no political affiliation--middle of the road over here--but man this is a bit crazy. Correction, A LOTT of crazy.

Although, a few of these comments I can see coming out of Carlos Mencia, and then it'd be funny instead of frightening...

Posted by: oakley at June 9, 2006 11:14 AM

All I kept thinking while reading this was, "What a Bitch!" I really hope I am in the majority who don't take anything that spews out of her as anything worth listening to or relevant. But I agree with you that her book will sell, sell sell. SO sad.

Posted by: Kate at June 9, 2006 11:17 AM

I agree, she is every bit as much a flaming Nazi gasbag as Rush Limbaugh, and gets away with the same incendiary rhetoric. Eventually, she too will devolve down to talk radio after a drug (or sex, or whatever) scandal of her own.

I do have to question why "woman" being used loosely, though. Sad as I am to share a gender with her, Ann Coulter seems to be as much a woman as I am.

But she's no lady.

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at June 9, 2006 11:26 AM

i'm pretty sure the only reason her book will shoot to the top of the bestsellers list (and you're right, it will) is because, like a train wreck, people need to see/read exactly how bad this psycho bitch is!!

i like to believe that most amurrrcans hold the same opinion of her as you do.

well, here's to hoping, at least.

Posted by: master b. at June 9, 2006 11:52 AM

p.s. could you imagine what sex with HER would be like?

yikes. talk about a buzzkill.

Posted by: master b. at June 9, 2006 11:53 AM

"It would be a much better country if women did not vote."

Dear Ann, please feel free to exercise your right not to vote at any time. Thank you.

Posted by: Julie at June 9, 2006 12:25 PM

Yesterday when I was in the Atlanta airport waiting five miserable hours for my connecting flight, I was watching CNN at my gate, along with other Sacramento-bound folks. And Lou Dobbs was interviewing Man Coulter and like, everyone woman paying attention to the tv was glaring at it. And laughing at the ridiculous things coming out of her mouth.

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at June 9, 2006 12:40 PM

isn't there some way we can have her deported?

Posted by: jodi at June 9, 2006 12:57 PM

She revolts me completely, but more revolting is that she actually still gets air time!

Here's some "art" on the subject by my husband, Johnnylogic, from a year ago: http://johnnylogic.crumpled.com/2005/06/shrill-hate-filled-and-pointy.html

And I think her newest book DID just shoot to the top of the bestseller list (last I looked, it was #3). I think I just puked in my mouth a little bit.

Posted by: heels at June 9, 2006 1:28 PM

This is the kind of person who makes me embarassed to be an American in the eyes of the world. Land of hope and tolerance, indeed.

Posted by: Annie at June 9, 2006 1:46 PM

I was upset the entire day after watching that bitch on the Today show. I seriously think that she is the devil; and I don't even believe in the devil!

Great post.

Posted by: Kathryn at June 9, 2006 1:46 PM

New book + provacative position = #1 Best Seller.
I agree with the Latte. This falls under the heading of any publicity is good publicity. Madonna/M.Moore/Gore tactics. Fortunately it kutz both wayz. The Dixie Chicks are at #1 also. Got to love America... where else (Besides Britain and Japan) could I get 4 days of this Piehole's non-story, right next to pictures of the PittAngela spawn?

ahem.. in my best Carol Burnett (or Queen, you pick) voice... Let me infotain you... Who says we're not productive in America any more?

Going back to my corner now...

Posted by: Johnny "Secondhand" Smoke at June 9, 2006 2:28 PM

I don't get upset by her at all. She is so transparent. She only says infalmatory bullshit to keep herself relevant. If everyone just ignored her and did not buy her book, she would go away. But unfortunately, that won't happen.

I just wonder, if she wasn't tall blond and pretty, would she still be well known?

Posted by: Pinky at June 9, 2006 2:35 PM

You know, people insult her, but all I feel is pity for the woman. I mean, no one can hate as much as she does and not have some sort of mental illness. Sociopathy or something.

Posted by: Jen at June 9, 2006 2:41 PM

I can't believe that woman. How did she get where she is today? I understand that everyone sees things a little differently but that woman is like certifiably insane. How does someone end up like that?!?! Was her dad in the KKK and her mom was a secretary in the Nazi army? Ugh.

p.s. - I'm trying to sponsor a bill to warm the homeless by burning all U.S. flags, make Arabic the new national language of America, and make abortion mandatory. Would you like to support my cause? Please send money. (If you don't have any, just steal it from your richest neighbor. They won't mind. They've got plenty.)

Posted by: Liberal Banana at June 9, 2006 4:13 PM

Her comments are insane, and I agree with others that she is not seen as anything more than a crazy woman. That's how she gets away with putting such filth and hate into the world. But if it were on the other side, lets say a liberal with opinions that were against our government in any way there would be death threats and all sorts of crazy things. Because that happens all the time.

I just can not believe she didn't get in trouble for some of those remarks.

Posted by: Melissa at June 9, 2006 5:15 PM

Well, I think she managed to offend everyone in the room. Gosh, what will she do for an encore?

Posted by: Debbie at June 9, 2006 5:37 PM

You're right on as usual. And I'm flattered you stop by my blog!

Posted by: Heather at June 9, 2006 6:10 PM

I have an idea, I'm mullin it over in my head.
It includes taking this bitch down.

And not in the "really hot, mud wrestling way"

Posted by: chantel at June 9, 2006 6:21 PM

In my opinion, she doesn't mean or believe even half the things she says: the controversy just helps her sell books. It's a dirty trick and it works. I'm willing to bet that not more than 60% of the people who buy her books actually believe her ideas; they just want to talk about them.

Posted by: Gavin at June 9, 2006 7:23 PM

When I read so late in the day I never make it through all the comments!
Note to self: do NOT read her next book.

Posted by: Heather at June 9, 2006 9:32 PM

What I don't understand is this whole liberal=Godless thing. Why is it assumed that just because someone is a liberal they automatically do not believe in God, etc? I'm a liberal. I'm also a Roman Catholic. I am offended by her (and her party’s) claim of a so-called “moral majority.” It is SUCH a load of BS. Just because a person believes in God or goes to church every week doesn’t make them better than anyone else – and it certainly doesn’t make their opinion or political views any more valid. She should be grateful for liberals, if it weren’t for us she might not have the right to speak so freely.

Also, someone should point out to her that Jesus was a liberal. (In fact, I think that might be my official response to anyone who mentions her or her "book" - and I use THAT term loosely, since it's an insult to the trees it was printed on.)

I find this woman and her comments tiresome. She is clearly nothing more than a media whore and a Republican propagandist. In addition to her comments about the 9/11 widows, I think she deserves a major ass kicking for that "women shouldn't vote" comment. Girlfriend is NOT a member of the sisterhood - I think women should just boycott her, period.

Posted by: at June 10, 2006 12:55 AM

Her stupid comments annoyed me so much that I forgot to enter my name, etc. when I posted my comment a few minutes ago. Sorry!

Posted by: erin at June 10, 2006 1:01 AM

sweetheart it is because she has a raging case of syphillis!

and this one it is for you:

Posted by: stinkerbell at June 10, 2006 6:16 AM

yep - opinions are like assholes - and amazingly enough showing either off in public will usually bring about no good

Posted by: Casey at June 10, 2006 2:48 PM

Here's the thing:

I'm a conservative (don't hate me, I'm very reasonable and sometimes even agree with the liberals on some issues) which is -sort of- the equivalent of being a republican in the USA.

And this woman is just unbelievable to me.

If I were a Republican (which would mean I lived in the States which ... let's face it ... ain't never gonna' happen. I mean, I luvs you and all but ... ahem ... you guys are CRAZY down there.), I would FULLY DISOWN her from the cause. Cuz she is no help AT ALL.

Posted by: s@bd at June 10, 2006 3:46 PM

Never heard of her before, but right after I read your post I found this:


Thought you might be interested.

Have a nice Sunday!

Posted by: mikkie at June 11, 2006 10:09 AM

I cannot stand Ann Coulter. I met her once many years ago and she was a stupid loudmouth bitch then, and she's gotten exponentially worse since. I'm all for women having strong opinions, but she can't back any of hers up. All she does is go around saying outrageous things so she can get attention.

Posted by: bad penguin at June 11, 2006 12:56 PM

"What scares me even more is the fact that her latest book will probably shoot to the top of the bestseller lists."

I for one shall NOT be buying it.

Oh, and Anne? You think women shouldn't vote, huh? Well, I don't think people as atrocious as you should be able to exercise their right to free speech; does that mean you'll shut up?

Thought not.

Well, I'll carry on being a woman who CAN and DOES vote then, and you can carry on being an atrocity and a disgrace to the human race, ok?


Posted by: Alice at June 13, 2006 11:14 AM