For those who have not already devoured it, be advised that the current issue of Time’s cover story on Ann Coulter is, to my surprise, quite good. Most pleasing is John Cloud’s general refusal to shy away from exposing why (I think) she is so loathed by the Left: the possibility that “Ann Coulter [is] that most unlikely of conservative subspecies: a hard-right ironist.”
Why should Ms. Coulter’s detractors be concerned that she is valued more as a humorist than as a policy-shaper? Because (and pardon the sweeping generality) winners make fun of losers (as opposed to throwing pies at them).
In honor of my favorite “hard-right ironist,” below are some recent Coulter quotes that have made me laugh.
[Ward] Churchill has said . . . Indian reservations are the equivalent of Nazi concentration camps. I forgot Auschwitz had a casino.
Instead, Mapes described Burkett in the abstract as: "solid," "without bias," "credible," "a Texas Republican of a different chromosome," a "John McCain supporter," "reliable" and "a maverick" — leaving out only "Burkett is convinced he can communicate with caterpillars" and "his best friend is a coffee table."
John Kerry's meal ticket, Teresa Heinz, continuously made remarks that were wildly inappropriate, such as when she strangely referred to the "seven-year itch" in relation to herself and John Kerry, creating at least three images I didn't want in my head. On the other hand, for any voters who considered the most important campaign issue to be whether the first lady was an earthy, condescending foreigner who had traveled extensively and spoke several languages, Teresa was a huge asset.
Also on the pro-killing [of Terri Schiavo] side are conservatives still pissed off about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 who are desperately hoping to be elected "most consistent constitutionalist" by their local Federalist Society chapters.
The anonymous “studies” about female officers invariably demonstrate that women make excellent cops — even better cops than men! One such study cited an episode of “She's the Sheriff,” starring Suzanne Somers.
Teddy Kennedy's big new idea is to wheel out his 18th proposal to raise the minimum wage. He's been doing this since wages were paid in Spanish doubloons (which coincidentally are now mostly found underwater).
In the three weeks following the dismissal of all charges against my attackers, three more conservatives were attacked [with pies] on college campuses . . . . If there had been that many attacks on Muslims in the weeks following the 9/11 attack, we'd still be watching Showtime specials about it.
Despite all those years of important, searching litigation we keep hearing about, Terri has yet to receive either an MRI or a PET scan — although she may be allowed to join a support group for women whose husbands are trying to kill them.
[Abortion is] a "constitutional right" — taking its place alongside all those other "sad," "tragic" rights guaranteed by the Constitution, such as religious expression, free speech, freedom of assembly and so on. Who was it who said, "Free speech should be safe, legal and rare"?