The SJ-R is keeping Ann. I guess the really sad part is that so many people actually find value in that hate-filled bile she spews. I’ll never understand fascisms broad appeal to certain mentalities. Disgusting.
And can we drop the false equivalence between Coulter and people like Ted Rall and the late Molly Ivins? Coulter is in a league of her own. Rall and Ivins maybe could be compared to a George Will or David Brooks or Robert Novak but no one, Left or Right, compares to Coulter.
Personally, I would have been fine with simply replacing Coulter with another conservative writer. It isn’t about closing off a rightwing opinion; it’s about injecting some sort of reason into the discussion. There is no way Coulter believes half the outrageous things she says. She does it for pure profit and, as such, is abusing the privilege. I have plenty of conservative acquaintances who say the same thing.
In rightwing world there has been a race on for years to see who can be the most outrageous and loud in demonizing progressives and Coulter simply took the wheel and floored it. I can almost guarantee that years from now, when Ann’s star starts to fade or someone figures out how to be even more extreme and shrill, she’ll “repent” and tell her “real” story in an attempt to squeeze a few more bucks out of her notoriety.
Update: Will says it better.
Update II: Some of Coulter’s “balance” .