We at POLJUNK have been saying for some time now that the true voice and face of the new conservative movement is best represented by hate mongers like Ann Coulter. She's not a radical firebrand within the movement, but the standard. She personifies the twisted, mangled hybrid of what used to be a movement that prided itself on rational argument and civility. But it is now a shrill and vindictive pathology that is fueled by anger and distortion. Ann Coulter is their gal.
It seems Duncan Hunter agrees. Hunter, the California Republican Representative running for President on the "Who the Fuck if Duncan Hunter" platform, defended Coulter on Hardball this week. Hunter loves Coulter so much that he's designated her an almost Great American, which is an odd title, but who am I to question?
So why does everyone else hate her? It's a liberal conspiracy, of course.
Duncan sobbed, "when conservatives talk, they are considered to talk in a mean way, and yet when Democrats talk, they're exercising their right to free speech and they're simply conveying a philosophy."
Yes, mocking the dead son of John and Elizabeth Edwards is simply conveying a philosophy. Berating a group of 9-11 widows who dared to question the President of the United States as "shrews" and "Harpies" who revel in the deaths of their husbands is Ann Coulter engaging in reasoned debate.
For any reasonable old skool conservatives out there, I hope you'll recognize how your movement has been hijacked and reject people who think your more progressive minded sons, daughters, husband, wives, parents and friends are un-American traitors with mental defects that should be imprisoned, or better yet shot, for differing views. Or is that your idea of a Great American?