Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Malkin vs Coulter

Oh boy, it’s wingnut on wingnut crime time again. And this time, it’s two of the most annoying people on the right, Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin. After the last debate, Coulter sent out a rather vile tweet that is sure to catch the attention of Sarah Palin:

I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.

And Malkin responded with a tweet of her own, saying:

What a stupid, shallow thing to say, Ann.

Ann Coulter? Saying something stupid and shallow? Surely you jest! But then Coulter, clearly trying to win my highly coveted Bryan Fischer award, feigns offense at President Obama’s use of the term “Romneysia” lately, tweeting:

Obama: “Stage 3 Romneysia” – because cancer references are HILARIOUS. If he’s “the smartest guy in the room” it must be one retarded room.

Cancer reference? She think Romneysia is a cancer reference? Or does she think that “stage three” can only refer to cancer? Malkin’s website points out the obvious:

And for what it’s worth, Twitchy disagrees that President Obama was making a cancer reference when he spoke of “stage three Romnesia.” He also said, “I want to make sure nobody in the surrounding area catches it,” which implies that the analogy was to a communicable disease or some sort of epidemic.

Classless and wrong. Reach for the stars, Ann!

And terribly disappointing. After all, we’ve come to expect nothing but class from Ann Coulter. But really, all this is exactly what Coulter wants. She’s just the political version of a 4Chan troll.

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  • slc1

    Coulter will say anything to get attention. As I recall, she went to law school at UMich, a perfectly good school. Obama went to law school at Harvard, considered the most prestigious such school in the US.

  • jamessweet

    This is a somewhat disappointing edition of “Wingnut on Wingnut”, as in this case pretty much everything Malkin said was spot on. Stopped clock twice a day and all that, I guess.

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    So making a joke about cancer is bad, but making a joke about a communicable disease is okay?

    I don’t get the logic there. I mean, Coulter’s feigned offense was still idiotic– especially given her use of the word “retard”– but surely inventing a new, joking form of cancer or a communicable disease isn’t the same as mocking people who have cancer or communicable diseases.

    I mean, does saying “Break a leg” mock people with broken legs?

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    By avoiding television and social media, I miss so much.

  • http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Ben & Jerry’s tried giving them their own ice cream flavor, but it was a flop, because it tasted like asshole.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    Worse movie ever: Two girls, no brains.

  • jamesfrank

    But really, all this is exactly what Coulter wants. She’s just the political version of a 4Chan troll.

    Exactly what I thought after her comment…

    It’s like she bases her career on saying the most ill-thought offensive things possible.

    Although I do sorta agree with Gretchen that Obama turning something that seriously effects peoples’ lives into a joke was questionable. He also did that when joking about his daughter’s boyfriends and sending in predator drones… Not really cool.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    You have to admit, Malkin is quite familiar with stupid and shallow.

  • subbie

    For a brilliant take down of Ann Coulter from a man with Down’s Syndrome, read http://specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/an-open-letter-to-ann-coulter/

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Although I do sorta agree with Gretchen that Obama turning something that seriously effects peoples’ lives into a joke was questionable.

    He was using a joke to highlight a valid and serious point: “Stage 3 Romnesia” WILL seriously affect our lives, if we let it. Complaining about the joke is just one more way of avoiding the serius issue.

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    Although I do sorta agree with Gretchen that Obama turning something that seriously effects peoples’ lives into a joke was questionable.

    That’s actually the opposite of what I was trying to say. I see nothing questionable about comparing something wrong with Romney to an illness. I was asking why it’s okay to do that with some illnesses but not others, especially when in neither case are you mocking people who are actually afflicted with the illness.

  • http://skeptifem.blogspot.com skeptifem

    Sarah Palin won’t care. She had some weird excuse about why it was ok for rush limbaugh to say “retard” over and over again, minutes after expressing deep concern over the president’s crappy special olympics joke on leno that one time.

  • Jordan Genso

    If it’s offensive to suggest that Romney’s inability to remember his own statements and positions is similiar to amnesia, then I’ve lost any ability to understand what makes something offensive.

  • http://dododreams.blogspot.com/ John Pieret

    She’s just the political version of a 4Chan troll.

    I’d describe her as Donald Trump with slightly better hair.

  • http://www.rodlamkey.net reverendrodney

    Jamesfrank says @ 7, on Coulter:

    “It’s like she bases her career on saying the most ill-thought offensive things possible.”

    You are right, but… I still can’t figure out what ‘career’ Ann Coulter has.

  • dingojack

    Jordan Genso – perhaps you’ve just forgotten. :)

    I once watched a great documentary* in which a man with Alzheimer’s described himself as ‘having a disease that I can’t remember the name of’.

    Offensive or not?

    Dingo

    —–

    * Ironically I can’t remember the name of the dcco

  • jamesfrank

    That’s actually the opposite of what I was trying to say

    *reads it again*

    Err, you’re right. What the heck is wrong with my brain… Sorry about that.

  • dingojack

    Ooh ooh – I’ve got a great name for a sitcom starting Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin: ‘Two morally bankrupt girls’ :/

    Dingo

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I once watched a great documentary* in which a man with Alzheimer’s described himself as ‘having a disease that I can’t remember the name of’.

    Sounds like Terry Pratchett. There’s one point in one of his documentaries where he describes the early onset as feeling like there was a demon in his house, following him around, putting things in places where they didn’t belong so that he’d lose them. Scary and deeply moving stuff.

  • dingojack

    Marcus, yes somehow that sounds right. (But I could be wrong).

    Early Onset Dingonesia*

    —–

    * Sounds like an extreme easterly South East Asian country with a feral dog problem doesn’t it?

  • valhar2000

    […]then I’ve lost any ability to understand what makes something offensive.

    I lost mine years ago. I would blame on American culture, but I’m worried that might offend somebody.

  • cjcolucci

    Coulter, Malikin, Palin … we need a fourth so Linda McMahon can promote a tag-team wrestling match. Nominations?

  • http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    valhar2000 “I would blame on American culture, but I’m worried that might offend somebody.”

    Now you’re just being ridiculous. Bacon and cheese in between two pieces of fried chicken is not culture.

    cjcolucci “Nominations?”

    Old school: Phyllis Schlafly.

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    How to know if something is offensive:

    Does it

    a) unfairly and/or

    b) inaccurately say or

    c) imply something about a

    d) person or people which would

    e) bother that person or people to hear?

    If not, it still might offend someone. It easily might still offend someone, actually, because people are often offended by things that are both fair and accurate. But you probably don’t need to worry about that.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Nominations?

    Isn’t Bachmann the obvious choice?

    Star Parker as an alternate.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    He also said, “I want to make sure nobody in the surrounding area catches it,” which implies that the analogy was to a communicable disease or some sort of epidemic.

    What I don’t understand is why they have to carefully parse out a quite transparent play on the word “amnesia”. He’s constantly forgetting his earlier positions. Romnesia. Amnesia. Why is this hard?

  • http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne “Why is this hard?”

    Because it’s the other Tribe! Everything that most potent symbol of the nefarious Other, Barack Hussein Obama, does is wrong! Not just wrong, but evil! Evil!

    Sure, they don’t like or trust Romney, but that mild inconvenience pales beside the burning hatred they have for Obama. The Tribe, and its boundaries must be defended at all costs, even if it takes bad-faith arguments, toxic spin, and deliberately misunderstanding what someone from the other Tribe says.

  • andrewlephong

    What I don’t understand is why they have to carefully parse out a quite transparent play on the word “amnesia”. He’s constantly forgetting his earlier positions. Romnesia. Amnesia. Why is this hard?

    I think they’re just trying to point out that amnesia is neither 1) contagious, and 2) a form of cancer, both of which Ann Coulter seems to believe.

  • marcus

    I went over to read John Franklin Stephens’s reply to Coulter on subbies suggestion. Now that was a classy take down. Well spoke sir!

  • sebloom

    This is as good a place as any to lobby everyone to take the pledge…

    Spread the word to end the word…

    http://www.r-word.org/

  • subbie

    marcus, I was semi floored by that piece. I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have been half as classy under similar circumstances as Mr. Stephens was.

  • martinc

    dingojack @ 16:

    I once watched a great documentary in which a man with Alzheimer’s described himself as ‘having a disease that I can’t remember the name of’.

    There was a movie about Alzheimer’s called You Must Remember This. I kid you not.

    In similar vein, I’ve always wanted to make a movie about erectile dysfunction and call it He’s Just Got That Into You.