I kind of rank resident right-wing idiot Ann Coulter on the same par as self-styled, anti-obesity crusader MeMe Roth. Ironically, they even resemble one another. Only MeMe limits her personal attacks to fat people (or people she perceives to be fat) while Coulter is more equal-opportunity, cruelly lashing out at 9/11 widows, gay people, democrats, and generally anyone who shuns FOX news.
With personal attacks rivaling the vocabulary of a five-year-old, it eludes me why people still tune in to listen to Coulter for anything other than comedic relief. Still, I wasn’t surprised to hear that the Xavier University College Republican club paid Coulter $20,000 – raised through private donations – to speak in a closed-off, 3,000-seat section of the university’s basketball arena.
Coulter spoke for about half an hour, to a less than half-filled auditorium. Her speech was a series of her usual one-liners, because you know, anything else would require actual thought. Bill Clinton is a “rapist,” democrats “believe public restrooms are only for snorting coke.” On Iraq, “there are more aspirin overdoses in America every year than there have been deaths of American soldiers in Iraq,” and terrorists “are Democrats with more gumption.” Yadda yadda. Ad nauseum.
When it came to Sen. Hilary Clinton, a leading democratic contender for the upcoming presidential election, Coulter had only these pearls of criticism to contribute: Hillary Clinton, she said, has “chubby legs.”
Oh, the horror!
Yes, I know this is Ann Coulter we’re speaking of here, so our expectations that she would engage in actual debate of the issues are naturally, well non-existent. But I bring this up because not so long ago, the Washington Post, which is usually a credible, thoughtful and high-quality newspaper devoted an entire article to the fact that Clinton dared to show some cleavage on the Senate floor.
Clinton’s sagging bosoms dominated cable news and were analyzed, reviewed and critiqued by major news organizations for days. The fact that this non-issue in a time of tremendous social and political upheaval even made news is in itself, a new low.
Which other male presidential candidate’s qualifications for the stewardship of the free world are evaluated so intensely on the basis of how he looks or if his legs are, god forbid, chubby?