October 14 2007

The Internet Troll is back

The Internet Troll is backYou know how I always know Ann Coulter has released a new book? She says something insanely stupid.

I’ve talked about her a couple times before, and I honestly don’t view talking about her as violating my self-imposed political neutrality. I view it as “You’re so insanely stupid, you really should just fall off the face of the Earth.”

This time, if you missed the news, she once again said women shouldn’t have the right to vote. She then went on The Big Idea on CNBC and said Jews needed to convert to Christianity to be perfect. I mean, never mind the fact that the host, Donny Deutsch, is a practicing Jew, that was just insanely stupid to say about ANY religion. You can see the Wikipedia entry about it here.

DEUTSCH: You said — your exact words were, “Jews need to be perfected.” Those are the words out of your mouth.
COULTER: No, I’m saying that’s what a Christian is.
DEUTSCH: But that’s what you said — don’t you see how hateful, how anti-Semitic —
DEUTSCH: How do you not see? You’re an educated woman. How do you not see that?
COULTER: That isn’t hateful at all.
DEUTSCH: But that’s even a scarier thought.

I say it about here every time she pops out of her cave: She’s an Internet Troll.

She is no better than those people who get their kicks by going on Internet message boards, and say inflammatory things just to get a rise out of people. Is it really surprising to learn she released a new book, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans, on October 2nd of this year? No, it’s not. She has discovered the cheapest, and easiest, way to promote her drivel is to go out and say things no sane person would.

And yes, I fully admit I fall in to her little trap, but notice, I don’t Amazon-link her book, and I don’t even link to her site, only Wikipedia. I refuse to be that large a part of her little marketing machine.

Luis asked a good question on Saturday.

Are there any conservatives out there who see Coulter as anything other than a joke? Seriously, I’d like to know.

At what point does this woman finally get written off, not as a conservative, but nothing more than a despicable, self-promotion machine? She adds NOTHING to the political dialog in this country, and even if she does say anything remotely relevant, the signal-to-noise ratio is so low on her, it gets completely lost in her inane ramblings.

Oh, by the way, I neglected to mention this was her second fun comment of the month. Her first was her dusting off one of her “greatest hits” about how women shouldn’t have the right to vote. She first brought that gem up in a 2003 interview, and she went back to the well to drag it out for another interview (also, post-book release). The first time was in a May 2003 magazine interview, just before she released her book, Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism. There’s that ODD timing again… imagine that.

On a parting note, I noted when I talked about the Elizabeth Edwards vs Ann Coulter debacle a few months back, that it seemed Ann didn’t know how to handle someone confronting her over one of her comments. (In this case, calling John Edwards a “faggot”) It seems Donny Deutsch noted the same in an interview that followed Coulter’s anti-Jew comment.

In an interview published in Adweek three days after the interview, Deutsch noted that when he challenged her comments, Coulter appeared “to back off” and “seemed a little upset”, adding, “I think she got frightened that maybe she had crossed a line, that this was maybe a faux pas of great proportions. I mean, did it show ignorance? Anti-Semitism? It wasn’t just one of those silly things.”

I think if anything shows that she says these things just to say them, it’s her inability to defend herself when confronted over them. A trait common amongst Internet trolls.

Let me end this the same way I end all my Ann Coulter rants: please don’t feed the Coulter troll.

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