As I was looking for info about Ann Coulter’s refusal to curse Sean Penn out in a movie, I ran across this throwaway line in a New York Times story about eminent domain. The subject of the story, Susette Kelo, was appearing on Fox News, and Coulter happened to be in the green room. I think this is the kind of “pull” that appeals to both sides:
They watched as another guest on the show, Ann Coulter, commanded attention — a makeup artist required a full 40 minutes to prep the glamorous basher of liberals. When it came time to apply the blush to the other woman in the room, Ms. Kelo said, “I haven’t worn makeup in 10 years.”
It made me laugh, because it was such a random swipe. The author of the story doubles back once to smack Coulter while she tries to get up:
Mr. Benedict thought of other contrasts between the two women. There was a great buzz in the building when Ms. Coulter arrived. Ms. Kelo was greeted as any ordinary citizen off the street, without heads turning. Yet Mr. Benedict wrote in his journal that night that 50 years from now the name Susette Kelo will be far better known than Ann Coulter.
Um, yeah, maybe the day after she cures cancer or something.
I am definitely no fan of Coulter’s, but I’ve thought for a long time that my liberal fellows diminish themselves greatly when they make fun of Coulter’s looks. Let’s face it, in a gallery of political rabble-rousers, there aren’t a lot of supermodels. If you put Coulter in a lineup with Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Al Franken, and Michael Moore, she fares very well. I actually like the gritty photo she has of herself on her website.
I’ve also dismayed at the gender-based cracks about Ann. For a group that claims to care about equality for all LGBTQ people, it seems like an odd choice.
So, to my fellow liberals, I know it seems like a tough needle to thread, but you can be the better person and still land a good metaphorical punch.
Besides, does it diminish your argument in some way if Coulter’s bod gives you a feeling up your leg? Do you think Sean Penn didn’t get some kind of charge out of the idea of being lashed onscreen by Ann?