Prosecute the torture.

April 19, 2005

TIME asks the question: brave warrior or a shallow hack?

...And comes down on the side of fun-loving kook!

Yes, the woman who indiscriminately denounces Liberals as "terrorists" or a "cult" who "hate democracy;" the woman who's only regret about Timothy McVeigh is that "he did not go to the New York Times Building;" and the woman who said, "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity" has been given a cover story in Time Magazine.




In the article, we learn that:

ANN'S A REAL KIDDER:
But in person, Coulter is more likely to offer jokes than fury. For instance, you might ask her to name her historical antecedents in the conservative movement, and she'll burst forth, "I'm Attila the Hun," and then break into gales of laughter so forceful you smell the Nicorette. "Genghis Khan!" http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/covers/1101050425/story2.html

SHE'S NOT BAD, SHE'S JUST MISUNDERSTOOD:
I began to wonder, in a moistly liberal formulation, whether Ann Coulter might be ... misunderstood? All her right-wing capering aside ("We've got to attack France!"), Coulter was an Ivy League-educated legal writer before she was a TV pundit. She's an omnivorous reader (everything from her friend Matt Drudge's website to the works of French philosopher Jacques Ellul), and she isn't afraid to begin a column on Bush, as she did in January, "Maybe he is an idiot."

SHE HELP'S TO SET THE NATION'S TONE:
As a congressional staff member 10 years ago, Coulter used to help write the nation's laws. Now she is far more powerful: she helps set the nation's tone. http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/covers/1101050425/story3.html

WE JUST DON'T GET THAT IT'S ALL IRONY:
So which is it? Is she a brave warrior or a shallow hack? Or is Ann Coulter that most unlikely of conservative subspecies: a hard-right ironist? http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/covers/1101050425/story6.html

SHE'S A FEMINIST:
And of course the biggest case Coulter ever helped handle as an attorney (she got her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1988) was a sexual-harassment claim of an unsophisticated woman against her powerful former boss. Coulter was one of a handful of informal legal advisers quietly helping Paula Jones, who had alleged in a 1994 lawsuit that she suffered distress and retaliation at her state job after refusing Arkansas Governor Clinton's request for oral sex in 1991. Coulter interviewed Jones and helped write her legal briefs. http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/covers/1101050425/story9.html

SHE'S LOVES THE GAYS:
Although beloved in Bush country, Coulter lives in a New York City apartment, loves expensive Manhattan restaurants, chews Nicorette in church and hardly ever misses the drag queens' Halloween parade in Greenwich Village.
http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/covers/1101050425/story10.html

SHE MAKES FEW REAL ERRORS:
Coulter has a reputation for carelessness with facts, and if you Google the words "Ann Coulter lies," you will drown in results. But I didn't find many outright Coulter errors. http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/covers/1101050425/story11.html

SHE'S A LITTLE WACKO LIKE JACKO:
Coulter is terrified her address will become public, and she sometimes hides behind a surgical mask when she flies.

BUT, YOU COULDN'T FIND A NICER FRIEND:
Although it drives Coulter crazy, even friends sometimes say her public and private personas differ. Kent Brownridge, 63, general manager of Wenner Media and a longtime Democrat who used to work for George McGovern, says, "You couldn't find a nicer friend" than Coulter. But, he adds, "I think she has a professional point of view or a shtick or whatever ... Ann has perfected a thing she does on TV because she is outrageous and funny. That's her business, public commentator." http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/covers/1101050425/story12.html

WHAT A GAL!

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