Ann Coulter is one fine entertainer…

Here’s a feature story by George Gurley in The New York Observer about his lunch with Ann Coulter. It’s an interesting read. As I reported earlier, most of the hits I’m getting from search engines are people looking for information about Ann Coulter. I even suggested that I might start paying more attention to her column. Well…I can’t do it. She’s just too…what? I’ve come to the conclusion, based on this interview, other things I’ve read about her, and the content of her columns, that she is an entertainer playing a role. You cannot be considered a serious commentator or participant in civic discourse making statements such as these:

“One proven method of making something ‘rare’ is to make it illegal.”

…or…

“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.”

Ann Coulter is the political equivalent of the in-your-face sports columnist whose specific job is to be loved and hated. This is essentially an entertainer’s role. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with entertainment. Ann Coulter is good at it and deserves her fame and riches. There’s nothing wrong with it until we start taking it seriously. Shame on us if we do. (via Eric Alterman)