“We can win Hispanics. We can’t win them if we keep bringing in the foreign ones.”
-- Ann Coulter on why Republicans should help defeat immigration reform
I usually try to ignore what Ann Coulter says as much as I can. Every once in a while she says something even more venal, mean-spirited, cruel, divisive, racist and heartless than usual, so it's hard to ignore. But for the most part, I recognize that all she wants most of the time is to provoke a reaction -- not to be vicious towards her opponents, but to pander to her base in order to sell more books -- so it's easy to let her wallow in her own slime.
(I should add that I'm not as forgiving for those who should know better and give her a platform. Places like "Fox News" I understand, and you can't do anything about that, but from actual news media I expect more. That's why when Chris Matthews gave her a full hour on his show in 2007, I stopped watching him for several years and even wrote a Huffington Post article about it here, "Chris Matthews Crosses the Line." I eventually did watch again, but only for a specific story, like if I saw he had a guest on I especially wanted to. I still haven't sat and watched a full show of his since then.)
It was with great interest, therefore, that I read and posted dear Ms. Coulter's quote above. And the reason is so that I can say --
You go, girl!
Yes, Ann, speak out. Give that advice to the GOP and keep giving it, over and over, and as loudly and vociferously as possible, and most of all, here's hoping they take it -- that is, if one wants to see the Republican Party keep going deeper down in flames. If you'd like to see immigration reform pass for the good of the country, that's another matter.
But given that the GOP seems hell-bent to crush itself and keep losing the women vote in its jihand against women, it only makes sense that they also pummel themselves in the head over the fastest growing demographic in the country. So, it's a pleasure to see Ann Coulter dish out monumentally stupidly insane advice and help drive Republicans ever-deeper in the pits of destruction.
But here's the good thing: even if enough Republican officials come to their senses and vote for immigration reform, it still works out wonderfully for discrediting Ann Coulter. Because as the GOP takes baby crawls towards sensibility, she will be seen as the idiot who tried to argue against it. The fool who tried to convince the Grand Old, Real Old Party that voting against immigration reform is exactly want immigrants want, and that's how you win them over, by hitting them in the head with a 2x4.
In fairness, I've always had the sense that that's Ann Coulter's position on how to win any argument, but at least here it's nice to see her being so upfront about it.
Go, Ann, Go.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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