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August 16, 2006

Self-abasing liberal defends Ann Coulter

In the latest New Republic, self-professed liberal Elspeth Reeve tries to portray Ann Coulter as a marginalized woman who driven to outlandish and socially unacceptable behavior just to get men to listen to her.

Reeve begins with a personal anecdote about struggling to hold her own as the only liberal on an assembly line:

And, to avoid being trampled by the majority, I had to play dirty, to use the kinds of lines that kill political careers: about coat hangers, say, or about how Jesus was a liberal. It always helped to have a few seconds of stunned silence to let my point sink in.

If that's playing dirty, Ann Coulter's a downtrodden proletarian.

Reeve noticed that when her "dirty tricks" won the argument, the guys on the line would start sexually harassing her:

Of course, when it became too obvious that I was winning the argument, my darling male coworkers would simply change the subject to my ass.

Unfortunately, the same grim pattern continued through college and into her working life. When she beat men intellectually, they retaliated by insulting her looks.

So, it's surprising that Reeve jumps to the defense of Ann Coulter, the woman who had this to say about female DNC delegates:

As for the pretty girls, I can only guess that it's because liberal boys never try to make a move on you without the U.N. Security Council's approval. Plus, it's no fun riding around in those dinky little hybrid cars. My pretty-girl allies stick out like a sore thumb amongst the corn-fed, no make-up, natural fiber, no-bra needing, sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippie-chick pie wagons they call "women" at the Democratic National Convention.

Win the argument on the war, and suddenly Ann Coulter's calling you a "pie wagon."

Yeah, Ann Coulter's fighting the good fight:

(Thus, for example, the following sentence makes sense to liberals: President Clinton saved the Constitution by repeatedly ejaculating on a fat Jewish girl in the Oval Office.)

Reeve's attitude begins to make more sense in light of the next paragraph:

Coulter makes us cringe not when she lies, but when she says things we wish weren't true. Let's go to the tape. Asked to define the First Amendment: "An excuse for overweight women to dance in pasties and The New York Times to commit treason." Just completely terrible, I know. But I have to admit, I giggled--having recently covered a pro-choice rally where I interviewed a very nice young woman whose nipples were covered by naral stickers.

Reeve thinks it's terrible but true that feminists are fat exhibitionists. Win the argument about reproductive freedom and suddenly a New Republic writer is talking about your ass.

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You're still reading New Republic? I grew out of it during the Andrew Sullivan era. Let's not forget Martin Peretz's ties with the AEI.

"Win the argument about reproductive freedom and suddenly a New Republic writer is talking about your ass." There goes a mouthfull of coffee.

My initial response to this horrible little article was pretty much an uninterrupted stream of expletives and curses on the houses of Peretz, Foer, Chait, and Zengerle. This response, however, was elegant and cutting. Someone should email it to Elspeth to make sure she sees it.

Where TF do they find these women? Does TNR have Joe Francis on staff?

The comment thread at TNR ran about 10-1 against Reeve. Unfortunately, the number of comments was well over 100 when I was there a couple of hours ago. That in addition to Lance, LGM, Ezra, and here. So it looks like TNR got what they paid for.

Thanks especially for the "pie wagon" quote. Apparently it didn't occur to Reeve that people consider Coulter's appearance fair game only because Coulter herself plays the looks card any time she gets the chance.

Whether dishonesty comes at you in a short skirt or in an $850 Armani, its still a person feeling weak, stealing strengths while everybody is watching. The clothes are see-thru.

There may be more wingnutty magazines than the TNR but few are as mercenary and vile. Honestly, give me the WS anyday. I remember thinking at Morgenbesser's memorial when many of his students were assembled, of the superstary ones (Chomsky, Nozick, Navasky, Putnam and Wieseltier) only Wieseltier was odious. And Peretz! I'll leave it Jack Shafer (one of Shafer's better moments) to describe Peretz. http://www.slate.com/id/2134011/

"...suddenly a New Republic writer is talking about your ass."

The only value I see in The New Republic is as a sort of a verbal martial arts mannekin or bag against which Sensei can demonstrate her ability to deliver a flying spin kick at jaw height. Once TNR dies a Chapter 7 death, you may need to find another, but such are plenty....

Majikthise, I admit I am not worthy....

In the latest New Republic

The Doppler radar indicates a 50% chance of bullshit, with scattered but possibly severe incidents of glib contrarian posturing.

self-professed liberal Elspeth Reeve

The probability of severe bullshit has now been raised to near 100%. All those within the broadcast area are advised to take shelter immediately.

Every time I think TNR has hit rock bottom, they dig a little deeper. Ugh.

Let's get something straight: Ann Coulter is not attractive. (But you are, Lindsey, for what it's worth)

Davis: Let's get something straight: Ann Coulter is not attractive. (But you are, Lindsey, for what it's worth)

So we're talking about Lindsay's ass now? Good move.

Duh, Alan. The corollary to the rule "You can defeat a woman who disagrees with you by insulting her appearance in a sexual manner" is "Any woman who agrees with you has invited you to compliment her appearance in a sexual manner."

Ann Coulter is not funny. Not just in terms of content, but from a mechanics standpoint. She couldn't write a joke or punchline or funny line if her life depended on it. She always classifies her more outrageous statements such as poisoning a Supreme Court justice as "satire," but in the words of Innigo Montoya, "I do not think she knows what that word means." If you put aside the politics for a moment and just compare her writing style to Al Franken's, for instance, its clear which is satire and which is just inflammatory rhetoric.

Of all the idiotic crap she's written, I remember her once using the phrase "the honorable Augusto Pinochet." That says everything you need to know about her and where she's coming from.

Ok, I really hate to ask this, but I'm a bit ignorant: what the hell is a "pie-wagon"?

Still convinced that she's a Democratic agent provocateur.

What I want to know is--are those prosodic cues a planned part of her act.
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What I want to know is--are those prosodic cues a planned part of her act.
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What I want to know is--are those prosodic cues a planned part of her act.
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What I want to know is--are those prosodic cues a planned part of her act.
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Can we please start referring to it as the "right wing New Republic" and stop the charade? Let's put them where they want to be, with the American Spectator.

Can we please start referring to it as the "right wing New Republic" and stop the charade? Let's put them where they want to be, with the American Spectator.

Can we please start referring to it as the "right wing New Republic" and stop the charade? Let's put them where they want to be, with the American Spectator.

Nozick was at Morgenbesser's memorial? Greater love than this no student hath, than that he come back from death for his mentor.

"the corn-fed, no make-up, natural fiber, no-bra needing, sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippie-chick pie wagons they call "women" at the Democratic National Convention."

Oh! Ann!! Oh! Oh! Oh! You're getting me so HOT!

Now if I can just convince Ms. Coulter to stop shaving her legs.

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