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 July, 2009


 A Look at the Republican's Self-Inflicted Wounds

Republicans Now Make Love, Not War

So far this week there’ve been no high profile Republicans admitting they’ve found a “soul mate” who isn’t their wife. But it’s only Monday. There’s a still lot of time. I’m betting on Wednesday.

I recall with relish Mark Sanford’s scantily-clad “admission” that he and his wife were having problems.
Unlike Sanford, though, it didn’t leave me in tears. I was too busy laughing. This would be old news but for the newer news that comes out of South Carolina every news cycle.

Now, when I see Sanford’s face, and then hear the latest about his marital lapses - I laugh even louder.

First his juicy e-mails to his Argentinean got intercepted and published.

He’s now admitted he “crossed the line” with other women, but he never crossed the “ultimate line.”
OK, so he was just engaged in a little extra-marital heavy petting. The people of South Carolina voted for a governor. Instead they got a hot blooded teenager.

He’d been mentioned as a potential occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in 2012. He’s traded that for Lover’s Lane.
Sanford’s grasp on his governorship is slowly becoming precarious, but he’s in far better shape than a lot of other Republicans.

Ex-Senator Norm Coleman (R-Mn.) is busily preparing to slip into political oblivion after his latest failed challenge to November’s election results.

Minnesota’s Senator-elect, Al Franken, is heading to Washington, with a big ole smile on his face, and the prospects of a filibuster proof Senate in his pocket.

That’s enough to make a half dozen Republicans run out and cheat on their wives.
Heck, there’s no use sticking around Congress to vote on anything. They’ll lose anyway.

Yet cheating Republican governors and forcefully retired Republican U.S. Senators aren’t nearly as exciting as watching the Republican rank-and-file throwing brick bats at each other.

There’s that upcoming (August) Vanity Fair article that reveals to the world what Democrats already knew - that Sarah Palin was John McCain’s biggest mistake.

McCain’s friends and campaign workers have stuck a pin in Palin’s popularity by claiming that her vice-presidential candidacy transformed the campaign into “A Little Shop of Horrors.”

Social conservatives may still be in awe of Palin, but those people who were closest to John McCain seemed to have been more awe struck by McCain’s decision to have chosen her in the first place.

According to Todd Purdum, the writer of that Vanity Fair article, McCain’s campaign operatives worked furiously to elect Palin to the vice-presidency, but they were caught in a “Bermuda Triangle,” because “by mid-October, they believed for certain (Palin) was nowhere near ready for the job, and might never be.”

That “might never be” part should help sober those diehard fans Palin still has, but it won’t.

They’re as delusional as Palin, when it comes to thinking outside the base. She knows how to scare up votes from the conservative base of the Republican Party. She’s nothing more than a curiosity to serious-minded voters beyond it.

In fact, Palin has become the personification of what’s generally wrong with the Republican Party. So has, by the way, Mark Sanford.

Both tried to make cheesy political points by grandstanding about the supposed exorbitant overspending in President Obama’s stimulus package.

Both said they’d refuse stimulus money on principle. Stimulus money is now flowing freely in Alaska and South Carolina, anyway.

The Republican’s constant carping about “socialism,” and that “they’ll raise your taxes,” are phony alternatives to having real solutions to real problems.

That’s because if the national debt was dissolved and the budget was balanced overnight, people would be still more concerned about not having to spend the entirety of the personal wealth on a stay in the hospital.

They simply aren’t as worried, it seems, about paying higher taxes as they are about keeping their jobs so they can pay them.

That’s why the sideshows caused by the governors of Alaska and South Carolina are two victories for Democrats.

While Republicans are groping for answers to their own shortcomings, they’re leaving the rest of the country’s business to the Democrats.

Edward A. Owens of Uniontown is Webmaster of “Red Raider Nation: Where Champions Live.” E-mail him at freedoms@bellatlantic.net