Ann Coulter has annoyed someone else. No surprise. And no, it isn’t a Democrat, although she once voted for one. Finding a Democrat who actually listens to Ann Coulter, except to use as a weapon or an example of the idiocy of the extremes to which she will go, is like trying to find an orange growing in an apple tree. In New York. Senator John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, blogging for the Daily Beast, flat-out rejected the “most extreme” element of the Republican Party to which Ann Coulter seems to have put a face and a voice. She also blames Coulter for perpetuating “negative stereotypes about Republicans.”
Stating that President Barack Obama was the “hippest politician around,” Meghan McCain argued that the Republican Party had lost much of its relevancy because it could no longer attract the attention of a younger generation. She maintains that extremists like Ann Coulter are not making the GOP more attractive to people like her.
Meghan McCain explained her position, that she and many other Republicans just might be the opposite of Ann Coulter. Labeling herself as a “progressive conservative,” McCain maintains that Coulter’s negativity and radical polemics are ineffective in today’s politics and will only serve to drive away the younger generations of potential Republicans. McCain, as a woman, found Coulter “offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time.”
McCain wondered if Coulter’s political stances were genuine, asking whether or not she truly believed as she espoused or if she only made her radical statements to sell more books. And to top it all off, Meghan McCain states that she does not like Ann Coulter’s demeanor, her “scare tactics,” or “her voice, her interview tactics, and especially the public statements she makes about liberals.” McCain goes on to say that perhaps Coulter’s popularity is like the social phenomenon of watching a train wreck: one may not like what is occurring but one can’t seem to look away.
But does McCain make a valid point? Should the Republican Party as a whole reject those like Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh, who tend to make sometimes outrageous, unfounded, and divisive statements? Are they the dinosaurs of the GOP, “dying off” as McCain puts it, out of touch with an every increasing tolerant society that can embrace both the ideals of the GOP and a few progressive/liberal tenets as well?
But “dying off” does not mean dead and gone. People like Ann Coulter hold sway over a large contingent within the Republican Party. Their views may be a bit on the extreme side and the less tolerant side, but they are definitely not such a minor part of the GOP that they can be readily ignored.
Somewhere in all of this, the more extreme “old guard” will have to find a way of accepting McCain’s more “progressive” generation, the “new guard.” And acceptance must be reciprocal for the party to become successful again. But difficult as change may be to those of conservative bent, change is assured. They will adapt or Republican infighting will only lead to more Democratic Partysuccesses.
Thus far, Ann Coulter has not made a response to Meghan McCain’s blog, but it is doubtful that it will stand long before she lets fly a zinger or three.
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