If imitation is the highest form of flattery, what does that make plagiarism? We don’t know, but Michael Lucas probably does, because his Barack Obama bashing column has more than a few similarities with Ann Coulter’s “Throw Grandma Under A Bus,” which she published on March 19, two days before Lucas’ piece.
It’s really quite queer.
Let’s consider just some of the analogous analysis of Obama’s big race speech. First, Coulter: “[Obama] apparently believes we’re not talking enough about race. This is like hearing Britney Spears say we’re not talking enough about pop-tarts with substance-abuse problems.” Oh, that Coulter sure does have a wicked sense of timely satire!
Lucas seems to think so, at least: “To say that we do not talk about race enough is just like hearing Paris Hilton say that we’re not talking enough about dumb celebrities whose status has no substance.”
Okay, okay, maybe that’s just a coincidence. Britney and Paris really do dominate the collective consciousness. It’s totally possible that Coulter and Lucas simply tapped into the same hole at the same time. But, wait, there’s more!
Neither Lucas, nor Coulter could contain their political analysis to just Obama. That simply wouldn’t be fair. There are so many other people worth discussing, like the three Johns: McCain, Edwards and Kerry. From Coulter’s column:
By now, the country has spent more time talking about race than John Kerry has talked about Vietnam, John McCain has talked about being a POW, John Edwards has talked about his dead son…
Now, consider Lucas’ congruously constructed excerpt:
America talks more about race than John McCain talked about his time in Vietnamese captivity, John Edwards about his son, and John Kerry about his war record.
Wow. That’s – well, it’s pretty incredible. What are the odds of two people – two loudmouthed, repulsive people – would have such remarkably parallel thoughts? And only days apart! Incredible!
What’s that? You’re still not convinced that Lucas swiped some of Coulter’s material?
Well, both cracked the same joke that an Obama presidency will end all discussions of race in the United States.
From Coulter’s sarcastic, caustic cauldron: “To be fair, Obama hinted that we might have one way out: If we elect him president, then maybe, just maybe, we can stop talking about race.”
Coulter’s clip sure does resemble this bit “by” Lucas: “He gives it you throughout the whole speech: give him the presidency, and only then maybe, just maybe, all talks about race will be over.”
We sent these and other similar excerpts to Lucas for a comment, but we’ve yet to receive a comment. Hopefully he can get someone to pen something and shoot it over.