ann coulter

Wow, this woman is quite a piece of work. I was interested to see the Democratic National Convention column she wrote that made USA Today cancel on her (USA Today’s edited version). Without thinking about it very much to begin with, I assumed there would be some of her over-the-top hateful characterizations, but I guess I also expected some actual political analysis. Nope. Her points: Democrats hate cops except for right now; Democratic women are ugly and I am pretty; Democratic leaders are nuts as are those who protest against them. That’s about as intellectual as it gets.

Alas, this reminds me of when I get hate mail regarding the feminist sf website. It’s always surprising to see how full of hot air the senders are, and how little substance they have. No logic, no actual substantive points, and often a significant lack of education.

Ann Coulter represents the first two pretty clearly. As for the third, I’ll take writing style as a demonstration of education and intelligence. Her writing style seems like some kind of attempt to be Hunter S. Thompson — the wacky journalist who takes pride in being wacky. Calculated? I can only suppose.

And, here goes — I just couldn’t resist. This woman goes on and on about ‘pretty girls’ — clearly identifying herself as one.

Here at the Spawn of Satan convention in Boston, conservatives are deploying a series of covert signals to identify one another, much like gay men do. My allies are the ones wearing crosses or American flags. The people sporting shirts emblazened with the “F-word” are my opponents. Also, as always, the pretty girls and cops are on my side, most of them barely able to conceal their eye-rolling.

and a little later:

As for the pretty girls, I can only guess that it’s because liberal boys never try to make a move on you without the UN Security Council’s approval. Plus, it’s no fun riding around in those dinky little hybrid cars. My pretty-girl allies stick out like a sore thumb amongst the corn-fed, no make-up, natural fiber, no-bra needing, sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippie chick pie wagons they call “women” at the Democratic National Convention.

Since she brought it up, I think I’m just going to be crass here and take her up on the challenge. Now, my own standards of beauty are, no doubt, not hers. But by the way she talks, she seems to have adopted a pretty mainstream standard of “beauty”. So it must be sad to her to not really meet that standard: her face is really long and not very “feminine”. Her blondeness looks like the cheap out-of-a-bottle variety. Luckily for her, I guess, most folks are actually pretty forgiving, and will accept what they think of as a good show (bleaching hair, making up) even if there’s not actually, say, classical beauty underneath. So is it this defensiveness on her part that drives her to these inane and irrelevant attacks? It’s almost a classic defensive posture: attack someone else on the grounds you feel vulnerable on, to steer the attacks away from yourself. Looks pathological to me.

(Plus her website is really slow to load. Get a new server, Ann!)