on a podcast very recently, and a couple things struck me:
1) She was entirely reasonable. Yes, there was a little bombast, but nothing extreme or offensive. She actually criticized the host and his former boss. The host was pretty good-natured about it and seemed totally unoffended–she tore into Reagan and her host had been a speech writer for Reagan. That leads to #2…
2) She was incredibly knowledgeable, well-spoken, and well-informed. THAT, I am pretty sure, is what scares the crap out of the Lefty opposition. So they frantically move to the tired old (but too often effective) tactic of villainizing her and trying to marginalize her.
See, they don’t want to debate her. They have nothing in terms of debate to counter her well-reasoned arguments, so they just disparage her and try to lock her out of the conversation. In a battle of wits, she would absolutely crush and humiliate them. They can’t win on the merits, so they move to ad hominem attacks. She is no wilting violet (she expects others to rationally defend their positions and quickly identifies and pushes hard on their “soft” spots), so she makes an attractive target. Yes, feminists on the Left always say that a woman should always competently speak her mind–except for Ann Coulter.
The bottom line is that Coulter is an extremely effective advocate for the Right, and she scares the crap out of the Left (and rightly so). So, just like they re-defined the NAZIs as being right when they were really Left, they re-define Coulter as being too outrageous to be taken seriously. They don’t want to have to actually defend their ideas. They don’t want to debate her on TV. They certainly don’t want the public to actually hear her. That would be incredibly dangerous–and with YouTube they can’t even afford to debate her on TV because it will live forever.
But like in the NAZI example above, that fear of debate is only because they have no cogent response to Coulter and they will quickly be seen as having no clothes. They can’t tolerate the idea that their cherished beliefs are proven wrong, and they certainly can’t tolerate being publicly exposed as an intellectual lightweight.
It is cowardice and intellectual dishonesty the keeps the Lefty mainstream media from debating Coulter. They know that they cannot beat her, so they marginalize her. I defy any person to bring up a single irrational point that Coulter has argued. Go ahead and try. Put your money where your mouth is. Time to put up or shut up.
I absolutely don’t mind disagreement. At all. What I hate is folks who are intellectual featherweights pretending like they’ve got the goods.