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The Wisdom of Ann Coulter (Controversial!)
The Washington Monthly ^ | October 2001 | The Washington Monthly

Posted on 10/09/2001 12:27:10 PM PDT by lady reaper

After the September 11 attack masterminded by a terrorist hoping to spark a religious war, virtually every official and pundit knew better than to take the bait. Except for conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who wrote in a syndicated column on September 12 that in responding to terrorists "we should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

The column outraged the public, but conservatives, including National Review editor Richard Lowry, ascribed Coulter's column to grief over the loss of a friend in the attacks. But the following week, Coulter was at it again: "Congress could pass a law tomorrow requiring that all aliens from Arabic countries leave....We should require passports to fly domestically. Passports can be forged, but they can also be checked with the home country in case of any suspicious-looking swarthy males." This time Lowry spiked her column. Coulter responded by calling Lowry and his staff censorious "girly boys." Lowry then dropped her as a contributing editor. Other conservative leaders also condemned her comments.

What's curious is that Coulter's comments aren't all that different, in tone and style, from hundreds of others she's made over the years. But in the past, her ire was directed at her domestic political enemies---for which she drew fulsome praise from conservatives. Last year, the Media Research Center presented Coulter with its "Conservative Journalist of the Year" award. The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute bestowed upon her its annual conservative leadership award "for her unfailing dedication to truth, freedom and conservative values and for being an exemplar, in word and deed, of what a true leader is."

Coulter is spinning her downfall as a new kind of terrorist-war McCarthyism. "People are hysterical about speech right now," she told The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz. "Everyone's comments are being taken out of context and wildly misinterpreted." At the risk of further de-contextualization, here are some of Coulter's past comments:

"[Clinton] masturbates in the sinks."---Rivera Live 8/2/99

"God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'"---Hannity & Colmes, 6/20/01

The "backbone of the Democratic Party" is a "typical fat, implacable welfare recipient"---syndicated column 10/29/99

To a disabled Vietnam vet: "People like you caused us to lose that war."---MSNBC

"Women like Pamela Harriman and Patricia Duff are basically Anna Nicole Smith from the waist down. Let's just call it for what it is. They're whores."---Salon.com 11/16/00

Juan Gonzales is "Cuba's answer to Joey Buttafuoco," a "miscreant," "sperm-donor," and a "poor man's Hugh Hefner."---Rivera Live 5/1/00

On Princess Diana's death: "Her children knew she's sleeping with all these men. That just seems to me, it's the definition of 'not a good mother.' ... Is everyone just saying here that it's okay to ostentatiously have premarital sex in front of your children?"..."[Diana is] an ordinary and pathetic and confessional - I've never had bulimia! I've never had an affair! I've never had a divorce! So I don't think she's better than I am."---MSNBC 9/12/97

"I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote."---Hannity & Colmes, 8/17/99

"I think [women] should be armed but should not [be allowed to] vote."---Politically Incorrect, 2/26/01

"If you don't hate Clinton and the people who labored to keep him in office, you don't love your country."---George, 7/99

"We're now at the point that it's beyond whether or not this guy is a horny hick. I really think it's a question of his mental stability. He really could be a lunatic. I think it is a rational question for Americans to ask whether their president is insane."---Equal Time

"It's enough [to be impeached] for the president to be a pervert."---The Case Against Bill Clinton, Coulter's 1998 book.

"Clinton is in love with the erect penis."---This Evening with Judith Regan, Fox News Channel 2/6/00

"I think we had enough laws about the turn-of-the-century. We don't need any more." Asked how far back would she go to repeal laws, she replied, "Well, before the New Deal...[The Emancipation Proclamation] would be a good start."---Politically Incorrect 5/7/97

"If they have the one innocent person who has ever to be put to death this century out of over 7,000, you probably will get a good movie deal out of it."---MSNBC 7/27/97

"If those kids had been carrying guns they would have gunned down this one [child] gunman. ... Don't pray. Learn to use guns."---Politically Incorrect, 12/18/97

"The presumption of innocence only means you don't go right to jail."---Hannity & Colmes 8/24/01

"I have to say I'm all for public flogging. One type of criminal that a public humiliation might work particularly well with are the juvenile delinquents, a lot of whom consider it a badge of honor to be sent to juvenile detention. And it might not be such a cool thing in the 'hood to be flogged publicly."---MSNBC 3/22/97

"Originally, I was the only female with long blonde hair. Now, they all have long blonde hair."---CapitolHillBlue.com 6/6/00

"I am emboldened by my looks to say things Republican men wouldn't."---TV Guide 8/97

"Let's say I go out every night, I meet a guy and have sex with him. Good for me. I'm not married."---Rivera Live 6/7/00

"Anorexics never have boyfriends. ... That's one way to know you don't have anorexia, if you have a boyfriend."---Politically Incorrect 7/21/97

"I think [Whitewater]'s going to prevent the First Lady from running for Senate."---Rivera Live 3/12/99

"My track record is pretty good on predictions."---Rivera Live 12/8/98

"The thing I like about Bush is I think he hates liberals."---Washington Post 8/1/00

On Rep. Christopher Shays (d-CT) in deciding whether to run against him as a Libertarian candidate: "I really want to hurt him. I want him to feel pain."---Hartford Courant 6/25/99

"The swing voters---I like to refer to them as the idiot voters because they don't have set philosophical principles. You're either a liberal or you're a conservative if you have an IQ above a toaster. "---Beyond the News, Fox News Channel, 6/4/00

"My libertarian friends are probably getting a little upset now but I think that's because they never appreciate the benefits of local fascism."---MSNBC 2/8/97

"You want to be careful not to become just a blowhard."---Washington Post 10/16/98


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1 posted on 10/09/2001 12:27:10 PM PDT by lady reaper
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To: lady reaper
I think I love her even more reading all these quotes together in one place!
2 posted on 10/09/2001 12:38:39 PM PDT by marktuoni
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To: lady reaper
NOT breaking news.
3 posted on 10/09/2001 12:38:48 PM PDT by Henry F. Bowman
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To: lady reaper
This probably doesn't belong in Breaking News.

Anyhow, ROFL! There are some pretty hilarious quotes in there.

Of course, it's only fair to point out that most of them are said in the context of television programs where outrageous comments were the order of the day.

I think it is the case, though, that Miss Coulter did not grasp the fact that the use of such inflammatory comments does not translate well to the printed page.

4 posted on 10/09/2001 12:39:06 PM PDT by B Knotts
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To: lady reaper
"Let's say I go out every night, I meet a guy and have sex with him. Good for me. I'm not married."---Rivera Live 6/7/00

I'd say it would be good for more than just Ann.

5 posted on 10/09/2001 12:39:13 PM PDT by Orion
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To: lady reaper
This was from last week.

OCTOBER 5TH BREAKING NEWS

6 posted on 10/09/2001 12:40:14 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: lady reaper
Gee, I never realized before how much Ann and I have in common....
7 posted on 10/09/2001 12:41:02 PM PDT by sailor4321
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To: lady reaper
I think a lot of her remarks were made with tongue in cheek, and they are certainly no worse than anything Carville ever said. I have long felt that conservatives needed a voice bold enough to make the quotable types of remarks that Carville has made.
8 posted on 10/09/2001 12:41:12 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: lady reaper
The wisdom of Ann Coulter is summarized thusly:

Which is to say, much of her wisdom appears to reside somewhere below the male belt-line.

9 posted on 10/09/2001 12:41:28 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: lady reaper
"I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote."---Hannity & Colmes, 8/17/99

Very sound thinking. It is the creeps, louts, and freaks that vote in people like Gephart, McDermott, Clinton, et al.

If this were the case, the senate would be 80%GOP, as would the House.

10 posted on 10/09/2001 12:41:56 PM PDT by Orion
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To: lady reaper
There's a lot of inflammatory rhetoric here, but this was right on target:

"The swing voters---I like to refer to them as the idiot voters because they don't have set philosophical principles. You're either a liberal or you're a conservative if you have an IQ above a toaster. -- Ann Coulter"

IOTTMCO!!!! (intuitively obvious to the most casual observer)

11 posted on 10/09/2001 12:44:20 PM PDT by Rytwyng
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To: lady reaper
There's a lot of inflammatory rhetoric here, but this was right on target:

"The swing voters---I like to refer to them as the idiot voters because they don't have set philosophical principles. You're either a liberal or you're a conservative if you have an IQ above a toaster. -- Ann Coulter"

IOTTMCO!!!! (intuitively obvious to the most casual observer)

12 posted on 10/09/2001 12:44:29 PM PDT by Rytwyng
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To: lady reaper
Okay, I'll bite. How the heck did this get compiled? I mean, who is keeping track of all her statements, so that they can be listed like this? I wanna know.

Seriously.

13 posted on 10/09/2001 12:44:35 PM PDT by Aggressive Calvinist
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To: lady reaper
So what's controversial about this? Everything she said (in the proper context) is dead on.
14 posted on 10/09/2001 12:45:51 PM PDT by SirAllen
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To: lady reaper
We ought to thank these guys for assembling some of Ann's greatest hits in one place for us. I'm book-marking this post.

That's the thing about liberalism. Conservatives aren't allowed to have a sense of humor. Conservatives are not allowed to say anything that can be construed as making fun of them, but they can launch on us all day long.

15 posted on 10/09/2001 12:46:11 PM PDT by 4Freedom
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To: lady reaper
And your point is...??????

Pray for GW and the Troops!

God Bless America!

16 posted on 10/09/2001 12:47:16 PM PDT by bray
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To: lady reaper
"I have to say I'm all for public flogging. One type of criminal that a public humiliation might work particularly well with are the juvenile delinquents, a lot of whom consider it a badge of honor to be sent to juvenile detention. And it might not be such a cool thing in the 'hood to be flogged publicly."---MSNBC 3/22/97

Bullseye!

If you showed the gangers crying at the hand of some kung-fu expert weilding a rattan cane at their hairy ass, they would never be taken seriously agian. I say do this in a public square and broadcast it on PBS.

17 posted on 10/09/2001 12:47:23 PM PDT by Orion
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To: lady reaper
The author of this article is a shameless, spineless jackass who insults the reader's intelligence.

What is telling is the author's deceit in purposely selecting out-of-context snippets of Miss Coulter's comments - which taken in context are not at all controverisal. Even the reference about sleeping with men - clearly she is giving a "for instance" and is not talking about her own dating habits. Without the context one would think Miss Coulter sleeps around. And the same goes for every other snippet listed.

18 posted on 10/09/2001 12:48:20 PM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: lady reaper
I love this gal's thinking processes. Can't say that I disagree with a thing she says. I did, however, drop my 30-year old subscription to the (formerly conservative) National Review.
19 posted on 10/09/2001 12:50:56 PM PDT by nightdriver
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To: bray
When Ann stated that all visa visitors from Muslim countries or anywhere in the Middle East, Iran or Adghanistan should be deported immediately, I knew she was ahead of the curve, as usual! As the terrorist acts increase we will all see her comments are/were prescient.
20 posted on 10/09/2001 12:51:25 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: all...
Quotes work for me....
21 posted on 10/09/2001 12:51:43 PM PDT by dakine
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To: SirAllen
What was the context of ripping into the disabled vet?
22 posted on 10/09/2001 12:51:54 PM PDT by Greg Weston
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To: lady reaper
"We're now at the point that it's beyond whether or not this guy is a horny hick. I really think it's a question of his mental stability. He really could be a lunatic. I think it is a rational question for Americans to ask whether their president is insane."---Equal Time

OK...there's so many to choose from, but this one's gotta be my favorite. Simply because it was so undeniably true.

23 posted on 10/09/2001 12:52:18 PM PDT by B Knotts
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To: lady reaper
"I am emboldened by my looks to say things Republican men wouldn't."---TV Guide 8/97

True.

24 posted on 10/09/2001 12:53:18 PM PDT by Orion
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To: Greg Weston
What was the context of ripping into the disabled vet?

What are the odds the disabled vet was some kind of peacenik ala "Born on the 4th of July"?

25 posted on 10/09/2001 12:54:22 PM PDT by mlo
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To: mlo
Possibly very good. But it wasn't guys like that who caused us to "lose". It was scumbag politicians and their ilk.
26 posted on 10/09/2001 12:57:16 PM PDT by Greg Weston
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To: lady reaper
I don't understand what all the hubbub is about?

What Ann has said is simply a reflection of the radical Islamic's intentions for us, Only if we don't comply we are to be exterminated.........

27 posted on 10/09/2001 12:57:38 PM PDT by MooCollins
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To: lady reaper; NYpeanut; biblewonk
"I think [women] should be armed but should not [be allowed to] vote."---Politically Incorrect, 2/26/01

Now, here's one example of a fine, truly conservative woman, secure in her beliefs!

28 posted on 10/09/2001 12:58:01 PM PDT by newgeezer
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To: lady reaper
I thought she wrote something controversial.
29 posted on 10/09/2001 12:58:44 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: lady reaper
"To a disabled Vietnam vet: "People like you caused us to lose that war."---MSNBC"

This, in a nutshell, tells me what I need to know about the Washington Monthly. Obviously, Ann did not say that the "disability" of the man caused us to lose the war, but perhaps the post war political attitude of which they were disagreeing about. But the Washington Monthly would like you to believe she was slamming the guy for being disabled. A rather blatant attempt of deceit.

30 posted on 10/09/2001 12:58:52 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: r9etb
Nice legs.
31 posted on 10/09/2001 12:59:16 PM PDT by RetiredArmy
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To: lady reaper
"I think [Whitewater]'s going to prevent the First Lady from running for Senate."---Rivera Live 3/12/99

"My track record is pretty good on predictions."---Rivera Live 12/8/98

Strike one...

32 posted on 10/09/2001 1:00:11 PM PDT by packrat01
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To: lady reaper
The author(s) of this article obviously felt that they had to do it----FOR THE CHILDREN!!!

Ann obviously knows what the 'leftist' audiences of Rivera and Maher like to 'glom' onto, and she gives it to them 'straight up'.

The thing that differentiates Ann from them, is that they can't take it. {;~)

33 posted on 10/09/2001 1:00:14 PM PDT by d14truth
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To: lady reaper
If it was meant to be a fiendishly clever hit piece, it sure is backfiring.
34 posted on 10/09/2001 1:00:32 PM PDT by KillerWabbit
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To: Aggressive Calvinist
How the heck did this get compiled? I mean, who is keeping track of all her statements, so that they can be listed like this?

I'm just guessing, but one could probably go to a site that features her writing regularly (Townhall.com, for example,) and search the archives under her name. It would take about 20 minutes to compile a representative list.

35 posted on 10/09/2001 1:05:38 PM PDT by ihatemyalarmclock
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To: RetiredArmy
Nice legs.

giggle Thanks, big fella.

Oh, um, you mean hers....

36 posted on 10/09/2001 1:05:58 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: lady reaper
"At the risk of further de-contextualization, here are some of Coulter's past comments:"

"RISK"? Did you say "RISK"? (That's like a weather forecaster predicting a "risk" that skies will get darker tonight than they were at noon today!) How about more like, "With the DELIBERATE CERTAINTY of further de-contextualization ..."????

The rest of these statements are also out of context, some of them extremely so. Do note that on the website this came from, the author is not named. Slime!

Of course, Ann doesn't really need us to defend her. Her mighty power with the pen is her own best defense!

37 posted on 10/09/2001 1:11:06 PM PDT by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
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To: marktuoni
I could not agree more! Lady Ann has big brass ones and it ain't her bra size.
38 posted on 10/09/2001 1:20:58 PM PDT by sonofatpatcher2
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To: lady reaper
Look. This is the real deal. (1) First deport all persons from the Middle East, Africa and Israel and Turkye who don't have green cards. Then(2) give all persons from Islamic countries who suppor terrorism which include Yemen, Jordan, Saudi, Iraq, Iran, Afganistan, Algeria, Egypt,Morraco, and Turkye two weeks notice to go to any OTHER country (Preferably France or Sweden). (3) Put all Muslims who don't or won't leave in Concentration camps. Right here in the USA.
39 posted on 10/09/2001 1:26:03 PM PDT by Concentrate
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To: newgeezer;NYpeanut
If NYpeanut responds, she'll probably say "I'm still waiting for that bible verse that says I can't vote".

I think the bible is very clear about a womans place in the family unit but as I think about it, I wouldn't want a woman not to be able to vote unless the country she lived in was all or maybe 90 percent Christians. Non Christian men have no clue what their part is to be in the family unit.

40 posted on 10/09/2001 1:26:29 PM PDT by biblewonk
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To: newgeezer, Abigail2
I was at the taping of that show. Abigail2 & I were the only ones who clapped whaen she said, "I'll give up my right to vote if every other woman does also." The men were too scared to clap & the women in the audience were shocked into silence. Damn, it was funny.

John Lott was also on the show & he had just done printed a paper on the mass increases in the US budgets & spending since women got the right to vote. Even Mahr chimed in with his theory that alot of women are using government in place of men....instead of husbands, they go to Uncle Sam for support. The show was great.

41 posted on 10/09/2001 1:27:52 PM PDT by Feiny
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To: marktuoni
"I think I love her even more reading all these quotes together in one place!"

Ditto that. Now if only she'd put on ten or fifteen pounds....

42 posted on 10/09/2001 1:36:47 PM PDT by Badray
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To: feinswinesuksass
Beleving in Islam is a hate crime of mass proportions. Don't be fooled.

They will smile and shake your hand, but stab you in the back when the Imam tells them to, as they have been trained to do. Don't take my word for it. Read the Holy Piece of Anti-Bacon Shi%t. And I know these people. They are otherwise the BEST people you have ever met.

43 posted on 10/09/2001 1:37:26 PM PDT by Concentrate
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To: newgeezer;NYpeanut
If NYpeanut responds, she'll probably say "I'm still waiting for that bible verse that says I can't vote".

I think the bible is very clear about a womans place in the family unit but as I think about it, I wouldn't want a woman not to be able to vote unless the country she lived in was all or maybe 90 percent Christians. Non Christian men have no clue what their part is to be in the family unit.

44 posted on 10/09/2001 1:38:02 PM PDT by biblewonk
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To: feinswinesuksass;newgeezer
John Lott was also on the show & he had just done printed a paper on the mass increases in the US budgets & spending since women got the right to vote. Even Mahr chimed in with his theory that alot of women are using government in place of men....instead of husbands, they go to Uncle Sam for support. The show was great.

That's what Rush has been saying but it must not be a new idea. My wife would be glad to give up her vote to take it away from the majority of the women we know including: My mom, My mother in law and almost every neighbor lady on our block, two of which are divorced Unitarians. We only hope that the women at our church are better but there is no guarantee there.

45 posted on 10/09/2001 1:47:11 PM PDT by biblewonk
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To: lady reaper
I never cared for Ann's looks much before, but after reading her comments, I think I'm in love.
46 posted on 10/09/2001 1:50:19 PM PDT by Double Tap
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To: lady reaper
This is not controversial. She's perfect. For victory & freedom!!!
47 posted on 10/09/2001 1:53:53 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: lady reaper
Shabby liberal hit-piece with a bunch of out-of-context quotes. It fails on all counts.
As a conservative, I find that they add up to a lot of hard-edged, common-sense statements with a touch of hyperbole and a dash of irony. These kind of honest, no BS statements from a conservative woman are what makes Ann Coulter so popular. Yes, her looks help but over the past few years, her short skirts and long blond mane would not have continued to keep her in the forefront of political activism without some substance; as we've seen in this would-be smarmy hachet job.

Ann Coulter says what many Americans are thinking and the left assumes that she'll be rejected for simply making sense. No way. The liberals are probably thrilled to believe they have Ann on the run after her 'convert them all to Christianity/swarthy males' flap with New Republic. Sorry girly-boys, it ain't gonna happen.
Ann is a solid presence, a strong, intelligent voice for conservatives in a liberal-dominated media and she is not going away nor will she be abandonded by (most) conservatives, especially this one. Ann: 1 Liberals: 0

48 posted on 10/09/2001 1:58:40 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: KillerWabbit
No, this wasn't meant to be a hit piece, but Howie Kurtz of the Washington Post had a link to it in his article today, making it out like it was controversial, so I thought I'd share it. Even though, I see it's already been in publication last week. Just a little diversion for the day.
49 posted on 10/09/2001 2:02:40 PM PDT by lady reaper
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To: biblewonk
Golly, you're so clever you posted it twice. By the way, I'm still waiting for that Bible verse that says I can't vote.
50 posted on 10/09/2001 3:13:10 PM PDT by NYpeanut
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