Paul Walderman misses the point on Coulter

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Paul Walderman misses the point on Coulter

Paul Wal­der­man in his quest to find some­thing pos­i­tive for the left to write about; dis­cov­ers what he thinks is a gem on Ann Coul­ter:

Remem­ber Ann Coul­ter? Seems like just yes­ter­day she was Queen of the Right, the whole polit­i­cal world hang­ing on her every bile-​laced tirade. Yet she’s all but disappeared.

Not that she isn’t try­ing. She’s still got her weekly col­umn over at Human Events (lat­est entry: “Alvin Greene: The Most Qual­i­fied Demo­c­rat I Have Ever Seen” — Har har!). She still makes reg­u­lar appear­ances on Fox, show­ing up to gab with Bill O’Reilly or Sean Han­nity. But she seems to have com­pletely lost her abil­ity to move from the right-​wing out­lets into the main­stream discussion.

This is an excel­lent exam­ple of what is called “pro­jec­tion”. For the left it is always about per­sonal rel­e­vance. Am I on the front pages, do I get enough atten­tion, can I get insta­lanched?

As Wal­der­man notes, but dis­misses, Ann is a reg­u­lar colum­nist, and has reg­u­lar TV appear­ances. He doesn’t men­tion that she also reg­u­larly makes the NYT best seller list when­ever she writes a book and still packs any­place where she speaks.

In other words she is doing just fine and doesn’t need the val­i­da­tion of a dying Main­stream Media to make her­self impor­tant. She has a com­fort­able life and will con­tinue to have one.

More impor­tantly to her, her phi­los­o­phy is win­ning in the arena of ideas these days. I sus­pect she will trade that for an extra appear­ance on the View or one more time a month on Joy Behar’s show any day.

Per­haps she is con­fus­ing Miss Coul­ter with another blondish lady who although hold­ing tit­u­lar power is striv­ing to be relevant:

When you can’t find good news about your own side, I guess you have to take your crumbs where you can.

Paul Walderman in his quest to find something positive for the left to write about; discovers what he thinks is a gem on Ann Coulter:

Remember Ann Coulter? Seems like just yesterday she was Queen of the Right, the whole political world hanging on her every bile-laced tirade. Yet she’s all but disappeared.

Not that she isn’t trying. She’s still got her weekly column over at Human Events (latest entry: “Alvin Greene: The Most Qualified Democrat I Have Ever Seen” – Har har!). She still makes regular appearances on Fox, showing up to gab with Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. But she seems to have completely lost her ability to move from the right-wing outlets into the mainstream discussion.

This is an excellent example of what is called “projection”. For the left it is always about personal relevance. Am I on the front pages, do I get enough attention, can I get instalanched?

As Walderman notes, but dismisses, Ann is a regular columnist, and has regular TV appearances. He doesn’t mention that she also regularly makes the NYT best seller list whenever she writes a book and still packs anyplace where she speaks.

In other words she is doing just fine and doesn’t need the validation of a dying Mainstream Media to make herself important. She has a comfortable life and will continue to have one.

More importantly to her, her philosophy is winning in the arena of ideas these days. I suspect she will trade that for an extra appearance on the View or one more time a month on Joy Behar’s show any day.

Perhaps she is confusing Miss Coulter with another blondish lady who although holding titular power is striving to be relevant:

When you can’t find good news about your own side, I guess you have to take your crumbs where you can.