No, it’s not Hillary Clinton, it’s not the Democrat attack machine, it’s not MoveOn.org, and it is not even Ron Paul that will prove to be the biggest thorn in the GOP’s side over the next year leading up to the Presidential election. That distinguished award goes to Ann Coulter. She will do more damage to GOP chances than any of the above. She is the conservative version of Michael Moore.
Last week, while on the Big Idea with Danny Deutsch, Ann Coulter basically trashed Judaism and said all Jews basically need to become Christian, here is a bit of transcript:
DEUTSCH: … we should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians, then, or …
COULTER: Well, it’s a lot easier. It’s kind of a fast track.
COULTER: Yeah. You have to obey.
DEUTSCH: You can’t possibly believe that.
“We just want Jews to be perfected, as they say,” Coulter said later in the show. “That is what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express.”
Sadly, this is just simply the latest of a string of stupid and asinine comments by Coulter. Here are some fun ones:
“If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”
“I was going to have a few comments about John Edwards but you have to go into rehab if you use the word faggot.”
“If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
“We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens’ creme brulee”
“We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity.”
Some of these are silly, most are unacceptable. And I recognize that she is a shock artist so to speak, it is what she gets paid for. But unlike Michael Moore, she is viewed as more mainstream Conservative. Which she is not (if she is, then we have real problems). This continued perception of her being mainstream is continually reinforced by conservative icons defending her; people like Sean Hannity. It is reinforced as people go to various conservative websites and blogs and see her picture in the ads she pays for. So people will try to argue that the democrats embrace Michael Moore as much as the GOP embraces Ann Coulter. This is just not the case. We don’t see Michael Moore everywhere and most people actually associate him with being on the extreme, sadly most people don’t associate Coulter as being on the opposite extreme.
So, unless she can be either reigned in or completely marginalized and condemned for her comments, it will be a long and painful year in 2008 for the GOP. On the fence voters will hear her comments and will think, well if that is what the GOP is standing for, I will be better off with Hillary. So memo to Sean Hannity, et al, STOP GIVING HER A PLATFORM AND DEFENDING HER. It makes you look like a conservative hack and an idiot. We need the GOP to have a strong come back year next year, let’s not screw it up by ho humming asinine, racist, and bigoted comments from people like Ann Coulter.