Ann Coulter Is a Terrible Person Using Gender as a Punchline. So Is It Fair to Call Her a Man?

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In all the footage we’ve watched of Ann Coulter making grand pronouncements on television, we could probably count on one hand the number of reasonable things she’s said. And that includes “thanks for having me on the show.” She’s one of these people who disguises her homophobia as humor again and again. So when she took the gender-as-insult route in her latest column attacking Keith Olbermann, and swiping Rachel Maddow along the way, the Countdown host responded in turn.

She writes in her column about Iran’s nuclear capabilities:

Naturally, the most hysterical response came from MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. After donning his mother’s housecoat, undergarments and fuzzy slippers, Keith brandished the NIE report, night after night, demanding that Bush apologize to the Iranians.

[…] Olbermann’s even creepier sidekick, androgynous Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe, also agreed, saying American credibility “has suffered another serious blow.”

Poor Iran!

Olbermann’s most macho guest, Rachel Maddow, demanded to know — with delightful originality — “what the president knew and when he knew it.” This was on account of Bush’s having disparaged the good name of a messianic, Holocaust-denying nutcase, despite the existence of a cheery report on Iran produced by our useless intelligence agencies.

So: Olbermann is a mama’s boy, Wolffe is a he-she, and Maddow is a dude. Got all that?

It had Olbermann placing Coulter in a familiar spot last night: (not) worst person of the world. And he introduced his own gender-based zinger, which, c’mon, you’ve all thought in your head at least once: “All I have to say about Ann Coulter is this. If this guy wants to live his life as a woman I’m going to back his choice up 100 percent. Coultergeist, today’s not worst person in the world.”

Because to defend oneself against grade school insults requires responding with them.

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