by Dave Grigger
Well, thanks, Ann.
Leftist media trolls are quite good at quoting conservatives out of context – just ask Limbaugh, or Hannity, or Cunningham. Few things can damage a career more than a few selective words, chosen to tell a lie about the person speaking them.
Given that fact, however, we should all understand one thing – never give liberals an easy target.
Let’s back up. Coulter, like many conservatives in media, was live-tweeting the GOP debate last night. Her frustration was growing, as much of the night was spent in arguing things with which no sane conservative would disagree – of course we need to secure our borders. Of course we need to protect Israel. Debating those things at this point is a waste of time.
To vent her frustration, however, she tweeted what has become a Golden Egg for liberal trolls everywhere: “How many f—ing Jews do these people think are in the United States?”
Bravo, Ann. Bravo.
Let’s be blunt – I get her point. The GOP debates are meant to choose the best Republican candidate, not to win the election (yet). The debate should be focused on things Republicans disagree on, so that we can pick the best person for the job. We can debate the other stuff later, when facing off against the Democrats, and a horde of people who, as it turns out, don’t believe that Israel needs protecting, or that illegal immigration poses any serious threat.
And let’s be honest – this isn’t unusual for Ann; it’s her style. Shock, but with a point. Her mid-August tweet on Trump and immigration is a classic example: “I don’t care if @realDonaldTrump wants to perform abortions in White House after this immigration policy paper.” Does she really want Trump to perform an Oval Office abortion? Of course not. The point is simple – there are several important issues at stake in this election, and focusing exclusively on defunding Planned Parenthood can push the others to the wayside.
Sadly, however, it’s not just what you say – it’s how you say it. After Coulter’s abortion tweet, even conservative pastor Doug Wilson felt compelled to correct her. This is the same Doug Wilson that had the guts to call all Christian ministers who had supported Obama to resign, a call that few of his fellow ministers would repeat. Wilson is, in short, the kind of man you want by your side. If he chooses to leave it, even while acknowledging your central point, you’re doing something wrong.
So, Ann – what were you thinking?
Did you really think your point could be expressed with words that might well have come out of the mouth of David Duke?
And do you not know the answer to your own question? Nearly 9 million, most of them Democrats. They are far and away one of the demographics the GOP needs to win.
Again, it’s not what you’re trying to say, but how you say it. After all, Ann, if you really think these talking points are a waste of time in GOP debates, just how big a waste is the time you’ve spent so far trying to explain yourself?