Annie, are you okay?
Yesterday morning she popped over to Fox News to call the Cain Situation “another high-tech lynching.” (I thought Cain would be the one to make that comparison, but I guess it’s better when you get the nice white lady to do it for you.)
Then later in the day, she appeared on Sean Hannity to double down on her idiocy and whine that it’s hard out there for a black Republican because Democrats always pick on them — or something.
“They harangue blacks and tell them ‘you can’t be a Republican, you can’t be a Republican,’ it is so hard for a black to be a Republican,” and then complain when conservative events are mostly white-attended, Coulter argued. “Maybe you shouldn’t harangue them so much!” Coulter also told Hannity the source of why liberals “detest conservative blacks” is that “it is ironic in a cruel, vicious, horrible way… that civil rights laws were designed to protect blacks from Democrats,” and now there are “liberal wimen using laws to protest blacks in order to attack conservative blacks with these vicious, outrageous charges.”
Hannity then turned to the absurdity of the charges as he saw them, and alluded to something Coulter seems to call him that would count as harassment in some environments, outraged. “People are humorless!” he exclaimed. Coulter saw something more sinister: “they don’t care about real sexual harassment.” Coulter compared the Cain reaction to that prompted by allegations against Bill Clinton, who got a defense from Gloria Steinem that Coulter described as “the boss gets one free grope.”
With that as a framework, Coulter once again praised the conservative black people she had known, arguing that “our blacks are so much better than their blacks” because “you have fought against probably your family, probably your neighbors… that’s why we have very impressive blacks.” She went on to compare conservative black Americans to the family of the President, arguing that “Obama… is not a descendant of the blacks that suffered these Jim Crow laws,” that he was “not the son of American blacks that went through the American experience,” but the “son of a Kenyan” (a point she made with the caveat that she fully believed the President was an American citizen).
Whatever you say, Annie. You’re totally right! Of course the reason there aren’t more black Republicans is because Democrats harangue them so much and make it so difficult to emerge from the closet post-racial and ready to pander.
It couldn’t possibly be that Republican policies have failed this country, and the black community specifically. It couldn’t be that Republicans are the party of Jim Crow and segregation (despite Republicans’ best efforts to ignore history and make such historically myopic claims as “Lincoln was a Republican! MLK was a Republican!”, as if these Republicans are the same as those Republicans. Southern strategy, anyone?!).
It couldn’t be that the Tea Party is the party of this guy, Warren Grady, — who referred to black politicians as “niggra race pimps.”
It couldn’t be that the Tea Party is the party of Jesse Lee Owens, the black Tea Party guru and King Panderer who thinks that most blacks lack moral character, and who, at the “South Central” Tea Party rally I attended, had children holding signs accusing the NAACP of being racist, immoral, and unAmerican.
It couldn’t be that we’re not stupid enough to believe that Republicans have been on the forefront of the civil rights movement, anti-racism, and other racial equality efforts.
Oh no. It’s because Democrats “harangue” black people into being Democrats. You’re a real out-of-the-box thinker, aren’t you, Annie?
Look, I generally ignore Ann Coulter. She’s a sensationalist who will say anything to sell books. She’s not worth the energy it would take to summon contempt for her. I’m only writing about her now because her silly comments bolster a point that I have made before, and that is: Republicans see black people as tokens. The Democrats have “their blacks.” So Republicans needed to go out and find “better blacks.” “More impressive” blacks. Blacks who are willing to pander and make white Republicans feel good about themselves.
Herman Cain is nothing more than a token to the Teapublicans. He is their “See we’re not racist” shield to ward off what they (and only they) see as unfair accusations of racism. Ann Coulter’s latest verbal diarrhea proves the point.
So thank you, Ann.
Oh, and tell Jimmie Walker I said DYNO-MITE!
Existential Update: Here’s the video from Media Matters:[cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]