I increasingly think that Ann Coulter is a genius. Or better, Ann Coulter is a genius to the extent others let her be a genius. She has manages to carved a phenomenal socio-political position simply by dishing out hatred.
Don’t know who Ann Coulter is? Well, in the US, she is hard to miss. She is the quintessential female right winger; she needs to be more man than most men so that her particular point of view is heard. She has used everything to drag the attention to her. Some distasteful: “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much” about some of the 9/11 widows or “My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building” about her pet hate of the New York Times.
Sometimes, she is actually very competent like on this video she got challenged by Elizabeth Edwards (Jon Edwards’ wife) on MSNBC and cope with it beautifully.
Her strategy however, is always the same: say something completely crazy, say it very loud and look always damn cool when you say it. This strategy generally works, however with Ann it works even more because nobody, and I mean nobody, has any idea how to even fight back.
The only people that seemed to be taking her on is Bill Maher and Richard Belzer calling her a “fascist party doll” and “syndicated communist”. This is partly because Bill Maher actually knows her quite well.
I am more interested in knowing how has this happen? How did she get to do all the good lines and insult everyone? Why isn’t everyone else responding to her attacks and matching her? It is rather worrying that they don’t and it reflects seriously on the political discourse in the US. Particularly, because others will see it working and will try similar stuff further diminishing, the already battered, public discourse.