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Sunday, February 12, 2006
The Coulter Thing

Her words have already been denounced eloquently by Mrs M and Rick Moran.

Like many conservatives I have a love/hate thing with Ann Coulter. On the one hand, her books have been rollicking good fun to read. But think about that "loose cannon" term and how perfectly it describes some of Coulter's more outrageous comments, like the time she said that the only thing she had against Timothy McVeigh was that he didn't blow up the NY Times building.

She's very much like a cannon that is unsecured; although aimed at the enemy, once fired the piece has a disturbing tendency to kickback and hit those on our side as well. I'd rather not have to defend the conservative movement from charges that we're a bunch of racists because Ann Coulter described the people we're fighting as ragheads.

Awhile ago, I recall reading a post somewhere where Kos mentioned that while he liked the guy's blogging, he thought he needed to be more of an *sshole. My own thought is that while being a jerk may be a route to the top, it's not one I'd care to take. That's why sometimes I decline to join in the cause du jour that hits the blogs, because I'm trying to generate light not heat.

Ann hasn't solely made it to the top by being a "controversialist" as she likes to put it. But it's been a part of her success. I suspect like all others who ride the tiger, she may find it hard to get off.

Update: As I mentioned in the comments to Chris, the problem with a term like "ragheads" is that it convinces the other side that we're battling on the basis of superficial physical differences and not profound ideological ones. We don't oppose Islamofascists because they wear turbans.
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