So soon you forget:
â€œFrom the July 27 edition of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews:
MATTHEWS TO ANN COULTER: You are a controversial lady. You write beautifully. You have a brilliant brain. I stayed up last night reading your chapter on Willie Horton which was absolutely stunning in its satire, it reminded me of the young [conservative columnist] George Will.
COULTER: Thank you.
MATTHEWS: I’m back in heaven. I think I’m on college tour again. This is the University of Hardball, here we are. We have Ann Coulter. Look at her, look at her, the picture of heaven. All brain, no heart. Just kidding! OK, let’s go now to the first question.
MATTHEWS: Let me ask you about your private life. How do you know that Bill Clinton’s gay?
COULTER: He may not be gay, but Al Gore, total fag. No, I’m just kidding. As someone, no –
MATTHEWS: That’s based on your private life?
COULTER: No, that’s a joke.
COULTER: That’s what we call in the writing business, a joke. No, I mean, I state a manifestly obvious fact. Someone pointed out on Free Republic, I think a little disgruntled yesterday, Ann’s amazing capacity is to state the obvious and make it news. I mean, everyone has always known, widely promiscuous heterosexual men have, as I say, a whiff of the bathhouse about them.
MATTHEWS: But, you know, you were on — I was watching you on Deutsch [CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch] last night. I watched it because it was all over the blog sites, you can’t miss it.
MATTHEWS: You were immortal in that interview by the way. And you said it because you were sort of pushed to say it. I just wonder if you believe it.
COULTER This is standard –
MATTHEWS: It’s a joke. It’s a joke.
COULTER I — I –
MATTHEWS: It’s not a joke.
COULTER: It’s not only not a joke, it’s not even surprising. If feminists were not so in love with Bill Clinton, this is like standard –
COULTER For any feminist with the benefit of something beyond a community-college education, this is standard –
COULTER — feminist doctrine that wild promiscuity shows a fear-hostility of women.
MATTHEWS: Well, thanks, Ann. You’re great.
COULTER Thank you.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Ann, I want to get your thoughts on [U.N. Secretary General] Kofi Annan this week
COULTER: Right. Well, Kofi Annan and the U.N. peacekeepers have done a terrific job keeping the peace. And as you know, Israel mistakenly bombed some of them a few days ago. I think most Americans are looking at that, hoping they can hear about the installation on 42nd Street [i.e., the United Nations building].
MATTHEWS: Thank you, Ann.
COULTER: Thank you.
MATTHEWS: Thanks for coming on. And a smart lady. Her book’s called Godless. Sometimes being smart isn’t enough for a civil discourse. We’d love to have her back.”
For those who prefer the video version of the core exchange:
Then there was his tagteaming “Brokeback Mountain” with the lovingly sensitive Don Imus while throwing valentines at Michael Savage, also from mediatmatters.org:
“From the January 18 edition of MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning:
IMUS: Have you lost weight?
MATTHEWS: I was at — I was at 240 and gaining a couple years ago, and I’ve been working down — I was checking, I said — I got down to 215 after I ran the other day, so I’m somewhere in the teens still.
IMUS: You look pretty good.
MATTHEWS: I’m trying to get down to 200.
IMUS: You look pretty good. I mean, I’m not working toward a Brokeback Mountain situation here, I’m just saying — I remarked to Charles — I said, “He looks pretty good to me.”
MATTHEWS: I’ve been reading your comments. I don’t think you’re working in that direction.
IMUS: Well, I’m trying. So, Al Gore –
MATTHEWS: Have you seen it yet? Have you gone to see it yet? I’ve seen everything else but that. I guess –
IMUS: No, I haven’t seen it. Why would I want to see that?
MATTHEWS: I don’t know. I’ve no opinion on that. I haven’t seen it either. So –
IMUS: So, they — I don’t know — it was out when I was in New Mexico, and it doesn’t resonate with the cowboys — with the real cowboys who I know. So –
MATTHEWS: Yeah –
IMUS: But then, maybe there’s stuff going on there, on the ranch, that I don’t know about. Not on my ranch, but you know what I’m saying.
MATTHEWS: Well, the wonderful Michael Savage, who’s on [WTNT AM] 570 in D.C., who shares a station with you at least, he said — he calls it — what’s he call it? “Bareback Mounting.” That’s his name for the movie.
IMUS: Right. Of course, Bernard calls it “Fudgepack Mountain,” but that’s probably….”
So funny I forgot to laugh.