There's an amusing talking point running around the right-wing wankersphere recently -- that neo-con lunatic Ann Coulter is, well, a loon. Medically. Really. It's not her fault -- it's genetic. As prime example number one, we can check out another female, neo-con whack job, "the anchoress," for her take on things:
"Is Coulter missing a humanity gene?"
Ah, what an interesting strategy to get Coulter off the hook. See, she doesn't say these loathsome, hateful, vile things because she's, you know, loathsome or hateful or vile. No, she says them because she has a genetic flaw. In other words, it's not her fault after all.
And this is an important proposition since, while countless other right-wing nutjobs are just as loathsome and vile, every so often someone crosses that line of decency (if that's even possible any more in the wankersphere) and when that happens, those people must be separated from the herd. Such people must be publicly segregated so as not to bring (even more) shame and disrepute on the Right-o-sphere. Thus, their dear Ann is suddenly not their moral and philosophical leader any more. Rather, she's clinically nuts, which means she can be dismissed before she can do any more damage to the cause.
It is important, however, to leave the door open, as the anchoress writes (all emphasis added):
She’s never been my cuppa, as I have written before. While she is whip-smart, I’ve never liked her because Coulter tends to overdo - she routinely loses sight of boundaries of common decency. She goes too far and discredits herself and the values she says she espouses.
Ah ... so while one can savage Coulter for her lack of humanity, one still has to say something nice about her, or one might not be invited to her cocktail parties anymore. Not surprisingly, Captain "Special Ed" tags along on that talking point, as the anchoress writes:
Ed Morrissey, who says he normally likes Coulter has rightly called her the mirror image of Ted Rall and suggests she make a real apology and retract her statements. That would be a start.
OK, so here we see Captain Ed's strategy. First, he "normally likes Coulter" (despite the fact that she's been a frothing hate factory for years, Captain Ed has apparently not had any philosophical objections until now -- how tolerant of him).
But even with her latest lunacy, even Captain Ed is willing to reconsider as long as Coulter issues "a real apology" and retracts her statements. Well, isn't that special?
See, most of these folks have never had a problem with Coulter all this time but, finally, finally, when she crosses that line and offends some of her fellow conservatives, well, suddenly, she's not that much of a fellow traveller anymore, is she? No, now she's genetically damaged so one can't hold her responsible and, for God's sake, one certainly shouldn't think that any of her long-time groupies should be held accountable for their praise and unbounded adulation all this time. Unless, of course, Coulter apologizes. And means it. Then it's all cool and it's beer and spritzers at Ann's place next weekend.
P.S. The anchoress also reports that one Rick Moran is also very, very cross with Ann for her recent shenanigans. Luckily, TBogg explains just how cross. That is, not much.