How To Keep Your Readers Inside A Vacuum
In her August 10th column Ann Coulter wrote: (T)he savages have declared war, and it's far preferable to fight them in the streets of Baghdad than in the streets of New York -- where the residents would immediately surrender.
But now, the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson has had enough of this controversial commentator. The Star's new publisher, David Stoeffler, revealed the paper would drop Coulter's syndicated column. "Many readers find her shrill, bombastic, and mean-spirited. And those are the words used by readers who identified themselves as conservatives," Stoeffler wrote.
What will Sen. McCain have to say? Nothing, hopefully, because he is currently a Republican who still values free enterprise, capitalist decisions (not to mention a career more controversial than Coulter's). Moreover, the added publicity will no doubt help Coulter's writing career.
What is the worst that could happen, then? Taking Coulter's spot is Tony Snow of "The Tony Snow Show," on Fox Radio, and "Weekend Live with Tony Snow" on the Fox News Channel. He was a speechwriter for former President George H.W. Bush (the "Read my lips, no new taxes" president who relished compromise and also left Saddam in power after 1991). Mr. Snow, though competent, is much softer than Coulter, melts faster and remains slushy, even when compacted into his offensive mode. He is more of a beltway 'insider.'
Stoeffler, a very competent guy himself, cites an estimated 100 e-mails and letters received dealing with opinion pages. That can't be very motivating. Tucson is in Pima County, however, which despite handy Republican wins elsewhere in Arizona, voted overwhelmingly (62%) for House Democrat Grijalva versus Republican Sweeney (33%). If the election were held again today, with W's unpopular (but very successful) war, District 8 and others might go Democrat, as well. That could be motivating to a young publisher.
Coulter is not afraid to learn and write the dirty, outside of the vacuum secrets that Democrats and even some Republicans wishing not to read in the first place, refuse to credit as truth. What is so offensive that it recoils audiences who another outspoken columnist, Dr. Walter E. Williams, describes now as having become feminized and turned into a nation of wimps and nervous nellies?
Look closely on this page from Deaf To Islam. You will find a video and a photo album series that prove Dr. Williams is 100% correct, but unfortunately also show what we are really dealing with outside of our lovely vacuum. I will bet Ann Coulter is fully aware of such material and knows about the full barbarism of our fanatical enemy. Her columns attempt to teach our uninitiated wimps and nellies as in more of what she wrote August 1oth:
Even if the next attack comes tomorrow, it is worth pondering that we've gone 47 months without the savages being able to mount another terrorist attack in a country virtually designed for terrorist attacks, a country where we search the purses of little old ladies so that recent immigrants from Saudi Arabia named "Mohammed" wearing massive backpacks don't get singled out.
But instead of news stories about how we must be doing something right in the war on terror, we're being carpet-bombed with news stories about how Bush doesn't have a "plan," the war was based on "lies," we're losing the war, the redcoats are coming!