I WENT TO HEAR Ann Coulter speak a few weeks ago at an event sponsored by WPHT Radio. It was held at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, the place where the Blob oozed into our national consciousness.
The only thing oozing from the theater that night was adoration for the headliner. She was there promoting her new book Adios, America.
I’ve been called a Coulter wannabe in the past, something I take as a compliment but which was obviously intended as an insult. However, unless I overdose on Sun-In and get a body realignment from Torquemada, it’s unlikely I’ll be mistaken for Ann.
There’s also the fact that I’m an immigration lawyer and her new soon-to-be-New York Times bestseller is all about how we need to deport everyone who managed to miss the last May flower ferry.
In fact, when I met her ever so briefly, thanks to the kind intervention of my friends at the radio station, I said, “I’m probably the only immigration lawyer in America who likes you.” And God bless her, the lady laughed heartily and said she just wanted to make my job easier. (I’m still trying to figure that one out.)
But that’s the thing about conservative women. They have a sense of humor (or of the ridiculous, which is not exactly the same thing).While liberal women tend to be so darned earnest aboutLife’s Important Things, genetically incapable of laughing at themselves but quite adept at ridiculing those with whom they disagree, conservatives usually let it roll off their backs as they collect nice fat paychecks for their book tours, their rather superfluous presence on FOX News and their Alaskan reality shows.
My point is not that female progressives are one-dimensional(because there are some conservatives who are also about as deep as the Phillies bullpen). It is that they seem to be incapable of humility, the kind that comes from acknowledging that not everyone agrees with their views on abortion, paycheck inequality, the so-called rape culture and whether you can still get a concussion hitting that plexiglass ceiling.
I personally disagree with every last word in Coulter’s book, except for “the” and “end.” Being provocative is one thing, but just because you have 82,000 footnotes at the end of your treatise does not necessarily mean that the conclusions you draw from your facts are correct.
But this is not about immigration, a topic we will leave for another day.I’m not in the mood just now to talk about how we need to seal the borders, particularly after my last asylum hearing where my client burst into tears when the judge told her she wasn’t going to be deported and would be spared the Sophie’s Choice of having to either abandon her daughter or expose the 8-year-old to certain mutilation in Africa. Nope, not in the mood to do the whole “illegal” conversation.
This is about how conservative women seem to be able to disagree with each other quite agreeably, including my many conservative female friends, some of whom oppose immigration reform. We exchange views, we use some exclamation points and put our comments in all caps, and then we move on. Liberal women, on the other hand, eat their own.
For example, they cannot bear to have their standard positions on choice, choice and choice contradicted. Kirsten Powers, an unrepentant Democrat who often appears on FOX News and jousts with Bill O’Reilly, has been essentially excommunicated from the liberal fold because of her antiabortion views and the fact that she is an evangelical Christian.
So she wrote a book about what the Left did to her, and called it The Silencing. You won’t see her discussing it on MSNBC. On the other hand, Coulter has appeared on the Bill Maher show discussing her book, and was given a fair hearing. This is proof positive that male liberals are either more evolved than their female counterparts or they’re just more susceptible to 6-foot blondes. Whenever Coulter has been on “The (Narrow) View,” she has been treated like Monica Lewinsky would have been had she shown up unannounced at Chelsea Clinton’s baby shower . . . without a present.
I know that some people will say conservative women are just as exclusionary as their progressive counterparts, pointing out that Sarah Palin has said some really offensive (or incoherent) things and quoting Palin’s Twitter feed and accusing Palin of hating President Obama and talking about how Tina Fey and Julianne Moore are just so much better at being Sarah Palin than Sarah Palin. (There are other conservative women, but liberals don’t appear to realize that.)
But the truth is, no one is calling liberal op-ed writers Democ-nts, unlike the sweet ladies at Jezebel.com who incorrectly called me a “Republic-nt.” And no one is telling liberal women to “just shut up,” as Philadelphia magazine once said to me. Because you cannot tell a liberal woman to shut up without her filing a complaint with the EEOC. Ann Coulter would just keep talking.
Christine Flowers is a lawyer.