Understanding Coulter

There was a term that came into vogue a few years ago which describes Ann Coulter aptly, she is a “South Park” Conservative.

A coinage of Andrew Sullivan’s, the South Park Conservative is, like the hit Comedy Central show from Matt Stone and Trey Parker, opposed to political correctness and more likely to ridicule than observe the guidelines of the new sensitivity concerning race, ethnicity, minorities, women, the handicapped, obesity, homosexuality, ugliness, religion, childhood, and much, much, much else. The show, according to Anderson’s thesis, is typical of how the culture is shifting to a more critical attitude toward liberal media and its firmly held pieties.

If one watches her entire speech at CPAC it is as if she simply went down a checklist of the aforementioned topics of race, ethnicity, minorities, women, the handicapped, obesity, homosexuality, ugliness, religion, and childhood.

It is outrageous, but acceptably so.  It is nothing different than South Park which is a wildly popular show.  The humor isn’t at all different than what is found on The Daily Show or The Colbert Report.  Or even any popular comedy show or sitcom of recent years.  Ann is operating well within popularly accepted boundaries.

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