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    Ann Coulter’s Moment of Weakness

    Ann Coulter’s Moment of Weakness

    On The O’Reilly Factor (with Laura Ingraham sitting in) the other night, Ann Coulter claimed the status of the only brave conservative on TV willing to criticize Sarah Palin (full transcript at the link, video here):

    And it doesn’t really matter, I might add, that, oh, it’s the media’s fault  and they attacked her and they saw her as a threat, all of which I believe is  true.

    Nonetheless, yet and still it has worked, and most Americans don’t want Sarah  Palin for president. But she’s become sort of the Obama of the Tea Party. She’s  just “The One” to a certain segment of right wingers. And the tiniest criticism  of her — I think many of your viewers may not know this. No conservative on TV  will criticize Palin, because they don’t want to deal with the hate mail. You  know, you say her voice is a few octaves too high or perhaps Michele Bachmann’s  speaking voice is more modulated, and you will be inundated with enraged e-mails  and letters….

    You know, fish or cut bait here, because you are ginning up this group of  Americans who will not even consider anyone else.

    You know, we used to all love Sarah Palin, conservatives like me, for her  enemies. I’m starting to dislike her because of her fans.

    While Coulter portrayed herself as heroic, in fact she is just one in a long line of conservatives who have criticized Palin including on TV and made the same points made by Coulter. Read the full Coulter transcript of Coulter on O’Reilly, then watch these videos.

    Did Coulter say anything that hasn’t been said ad nauseum by mainstream conservatives on TV and elsewhere?

    Ann, you have done great work over the years. But piling on Palin while claiming victim status was not one of your finer moments.

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    Pickled American | September 10, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Great, much needed post, Professor.

    If we don’t have the courage to stand with those who dare to stand for us, then we deserve to be led by the mediocre or cowardly.

    […] If she is Eliza Doolittle, then, she is an Eliza Doolittle of her own making — one who managed to make dropped letters and disconnected syllables sound as elegant as any aristocratic English. Does she then represent the exaltation of mediocrity, as some of my friends have argued? Or does she actually represent a new brand of excellence, one in which the historic ordinary is the standard by which to judge? For she does seem so ordinary … and yet she stands alone as one who can inspire even in the intrepid Ann Coulter “a moment of weakness.” […]


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