Here’s a fun game one can play while reading  the hypocracy of Ann Coulter. Just substitute her name whenever you come across the word liberal. Go ahead, you try:

“A central component of liberal (Anndy Coulter)  hate speech is to make paranoid accusations based on their own neurotic impulses, such as calling Republicans angry, hate-filled, and mean.” (Slander, p. 19).

Neurotic impulses? Glass houses Ann?

“Liberals (Anndy Couter)  don’t try to win arguments, they seek to destroy their opponents and silence dissident opinions.” (Slander, p. 91)

Again, sounds familiar. But the quote which recently attracted my attention:

“While having dinner recently with John Lott, author of ‘More Guns, Less Crime,’ one of life’s enduring debates came up: Are liberals (Anndy Coulter) evil or just stupid? I was surprised to discover that Lott vigorously disputed those of us staking out the evil position.” (March 8, 2001)

So there’s the question. Ann Coulter: Evil or Stupid? First, it’s rather odd that Coulter has the nerve to put things quite that way. Her recent book–admittedly published after the above quote, but not saying anything new–spends a great deal of time complaining that liberals are always accusing conservatives of being evil (much of the rest of the book, not surprisingly, accuses liberals of being evil). Or to quote an appearance on the Today Show:

“Political debate with liberals (Anndy Coulter)  is basically impossible in America because liberals are calling names while conservatives are trying to make arguments…It’s really all the same lie [that liberals  tell], that conservatives are either stupid or scarily weird and therefore you don’t have to deal with their ideas.”

So it’s ok for conservative Ann Coulter to call liberals stupid or evil, but it’s unacceptable for liberals to call conservatives stupid or evil? If this is Coulter’s idea of starting a “political debate” she’s better off sticking with invective. I don’t know if she is blind to the hypocrisy of her position or if she just doesn’t care (or perhaps she uses the old schoolyard claim “they started it first!”). Whatever her internal rationalization, her words make her look pretty, uh, well, you know. Stupid.

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