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Friday, February 15, 2008

Ann Coulter Goes Off The Deep End

I was a big fan of Ann Coulter for a long time. But that changed on February 13, 2008 with her publication of the following column:

There's A Democrat Behind Door No. 1, 2 and 3
Ann Coulter
Human Events Online
February 13, 2008

The change was made permenent last night when I watched her on Glenn Beck. You see, I don't appreciate people who insult my intelligence whether those people are on the left (e.g. those with Bush Derangement Syndrome) or on the right (e.g. the blinded by hate McCain bashers). At issue here is what Ann wrote in her column and reiterated on Glenn Beck:

Hillary is, shockingly enough, the most conservative candidate among the top three presidential candidates.

Ann used scant and flimsy evidence to back up this idiotic claim, both in the column and on Glenn Beck, citing only waterboarding and the proposed closing of Gitmo. But what is interesting is that Ann cites the American Conservative Union Ratings for Congressional Delegations to help further back up her claim:

We keep hearing about McCain's "lifetime" rating from the American Conservative Union being 82.3 percent. But McCain has been a member of Congress for approximately 400 years, so that includes his votes on the Spanish-American War. His more current ratings are not so hot.

In 2006 -- the most recent year for which ratings are available -- McCain's ACU rating was 65. That year, the ACU rating for the other senator from Arizona, Jon Kyl, was 97. Even Chuck Hagel's ACU rating was 75, and Lindsey Graham's was 83.

Now here is what is really interesting about Ann's column. Nowhere does she even try to mention the ACU rating for Senator Hillary Clinton. Why would that be?

Because had Ann actually told us what Hillary's rating was and allowed us to compare it to the rating John McCain has, it would have made Ann look like a blathering idiot. Here are the ratings comparisons:

Senator McCain had in 2006 a rating of 65 and in 2005 a rating of 80. His lifetime rating is 82.3.

Senator Clinton had in 2006 a rating of 8 and 2005 a rating of 12. Her lifetime rating is 9.

You can access this information on-line here:

American Conservative Union 2006 U.S. Congress Ratings
American Conservative Union Website

I can certainly see why Ann chose to hide that information from us. It makes her statement about Hillary's conservatism completely laughable and it makes Ann look like a fool. Further, it shows that Ann didn't think we were intelligent enough to go do research and check her claims.

Well, I am that intelligent and I do not like being insulted like that.

But let's not stop here. Let's look at the Presidential campaign and compare policy proposals to see exactly how "conservative" Hillary is, as Ann claims.

On the issue of Health care, John McCain has pledged to keep Health Care in the realm of the Free Market while Hillary wants to implement a socailized Health Care system that has been nothing short of disastrous in Great Britain and Canada. This makes McCain more conservative than Hillary.

On the issue of taxes and the economy, John McCain has pledged to make the 2001 tax cuts permanent while Hillary has proposed removing them and raising taxes. This makes McCain more conservative than Hillary.

On the issue of judicial apointments, John McCain has pledged to appoint justices like John Roberts and Samual Alito. Hillary prefers judges who would legislate from the bench. This makes McCain more conservative than Hillary.

On the issue of terrorism, John McCain has pledged to keep America on the offensive against terrorists and their sponsors. Hillary wants to back down. This makes McCain more conservative than Hillary.

You can see where this is heading, right?

Ann Coulter, like David Hackworth a few years ago, has lost her credibility. She has also lost a fan. I used to read her articles and defend her positions from liberals all over the Internet. I can no longer do so, unless Ann comes out and apologizes for thinking people like me to be less than intelligent enough to do research on our own and think for ourselves.

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