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 Ann Coulter Reply


 October, 2007


 Ann Coulter - How To Be A Victim

How to be a Victim

By Al Owens
This week Ann Coulter wrote about herself.

I know, she’s mentioned nooses, college pranks and racism – but the real victim she’s talking about is Ann Hart Coulter.

You can expect her to play the victim every time she gets counter-punched by the media for making unnecessarily indelicate statements.

She’s a master at playing the victim card. That’s pretty ironic, since one of her more tiresome themes is to drone on about how other people play it.

I do give her a lot of credit for looking sincere when she claims she can’t figure out why people don’t like her or her message. That’s because she’s a much better provocateur than she is an actress.

Everybody knows, by now, that Coulter’s nastiest outbursts are planned for when her new books are hot off the presses.

Last June, she needed a televised phone call from Elizabeth Edwards (the wife of the presidential candidate John Edwards) to crank up her insult machine. (The better to boost the sales of her most recent book being released in paperback – Godless: The Church of Liberalism)

Elizabeth Edwards simply asked Coulter to tone down some of her rhetoric. Coulter responded as if she’d told her to shut up. “You're asking me to stop speaking, stop writing your columns, stop writing your books,” Coulter whined.

Only a few hours later, Coulter called MSNBC and told host Joe Scarborough, “This happens every time I put a book out and I’m getting a little bored with it.” She’s getting tired of it? We’re all getting tired of it.

The formula is old. Write a book, and on the week that it’s published – issue a cheap shot. Then, once you get the attention of book buyers and the media, complain that you’re being picked on unfairly. It’s enough to make me write a book.

Coulter’s new book, “If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d be Democrats,” went on sale during the first week in October. It only took Coulter about a week to find the proper venue to drop a verbal stink bomb – CNBC’s, “The Big Idea," with Donny Deutsch.

Deutsch asked Coulter what the country would look like if she had her way. That’s the kind of open ended question made for a manufactured Coulter controversy. “It would look like New York City during the Republican National Convention. In fact, that's what I think heaven is going to look like,” she replied matter-of-factly. Deutsch “pressed” her for more.

Coulter obliged with visions of book sales dancing in her head. “Take the Republican National Convention. People were happy. They're Christian. They're tolerant. They defend America, they --,“ Coulter claimed.

Deutsch, who happens to be Jewish, seemed to sense there may be something a bit peculiar about a Utopia being a Utopia only because that Utopia would be devoid of non-Christians – asked, “Christian. So we should be Christian? It would be better if we were all Christian?”

Coulter finally got what she’d been waiting for - a chance to step on people’s heads to make a buck. “Yes,” she answered. Deutsch, acting every bit the enabler asked, “We should all be Christian?”

“Yes,” Coulter repeated. It was pure Coulter. She’d just taken the opportunity to get her name in the headlines and to sell more books. For good measure, she offered a bogus chunk of Coulter religiosity, “We just want Jews to be perfected, as they say.”

I can certainly understand the desire of some people of one group, wanting all of the people from another group to join their group - but this?

I mean, I’m a liberal. (Or maybe I’m just a perfected conservative) I’d hope other people become liberal too. But I don’t want turn all neo-conservatives into liberals. They can stay where they are. We don’t need them.

Coulter had delivered her rabbit punch. The next step in the progression is always to wait for people everywhere to shriek with horror. That’s always followed by some Coulter “clarification” that is much worse than the original statement.

Here goes. She appeared on Michael Medved’s (he’s Jewish too) nationally syndicated radio show to explain her “perfected Jews” statement, and she claimed, "The Jews believe that my savior, a Jew, was a raving lunatic, and you don't see me sniffling and crying, " she said as she could hear those cash registers playing America the Beautiful.

But we have heard her sniffling and crying. That’s because sniffling and crying is part of the game. She step over the line, gets attacked for crossing it and then claims the line jumped under her feet.

She can’t be the victim of a witch hunt unless she acts like a witch. And now, just about everybody knows it.

One of her more curious statements during that Medved interview was that, “We're playing this new sport of "He who is offended first wins.”

Her rationale is clear. Don’t complain if you’re attacked. And certainly don’t complain about the attacker.

That’s why with this week’s column she finds so many people who’ve been attacked who she feels aren’t really victims. She’s equating the human targets she takes potshots at, with those people who’ve gone to work and had a noose placed on their office door.

They’re, according to Ann Coulter, not real victims and neither are the Jews. She’s the victim.

No wonder she reprised that statement on the Medved broadcast and used it again in this week’s column. “Playing the game of He Who is Offended First Wins.”

Yet, I might add, people who play childish hoaxes always seem to lose.