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June 26, 2007

Coulter Gets A Sorta Bad Rap From Silky Pony

No, she didn't say John Edwards should be killed in a terrorist attack.

But of course the Silky Pony is using this to milk money out of his merry band of imbeciles.

Though she didn't say it, she kinda did, though. As a comically-oriented guy, I find t here's nothing more liberating, humor-wise, than when someone gives me the go ahead to use jokes usually forbidden by the PC police. That bit about Greenwald having had more cock in and out of him than a Tyson chicken regional distribution center? Heck, I used that before on the male-ish Wonkette sissy, and in much the same circumstance: By trafficking in gay smears themselves, they, as they say in court, "opened the door" to my line of argumentation.

I give T-Bogg mad props for permitting me to drop jokes about my fear of brown people, and I almost naked-like Amanda Marcotte for allowing me to explore the studio space about the vagina's resemblance to calimari salad topped with fresh headwound.

Honestly, none of this is meant in a particuarly nasty way. But there just are a lot of jokes -- crude ones, insulting ones, even (gasp!) insensitive ones -- that are just not really permitted anymore, unless you're a professional black comedian. So when a partisan on the other side goes into this territory himself, well, it's the perfect opportunity for some Forbidden Humor, at least in the distancing form of parody.

The trick is that you can't just come off like you're really just using this all as an excuse to say vicious things; I sorta think there has to be a smile-when-you-say that real jokiness about it. I can't read Ann Coulter's mind, but she often doesn't project that. Often she seems to flat-out mean it, and is just using the form of the joke to say something that would otherwise be deemed over-the-line.

Sometimes I just think she doesn't really evaluate how funny her more provocative "jokes" are. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and over-the-line jokes really need to be very funny indeed to justify themselves.

That said, she wasn't making a joke here so much as she was making a straight point: People continue to chatter about her "faggot" crack and no one in the MSM has ever scolded Bill Maher for his assassination death-wish.

TiVO Alert! Jack Straw tells me Coulter absolutely embarrasses Matthews on his show tonight. It's on now, but I think there's a repeat at 7 eastern.

After she calls him a liberal douche to the crowd's applause, Matthews becomes flustered and says (paraphrased), "The only thing that scares me more than the existence of Ann Coulter is all you people here supporting her. What is this, Deliverance?"

Coincidentally, I just turned it on and Matthews was running Edwards' fundraising clip of her.

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