Alex Massie

The Monstrous Regiment* of Women

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Garance picks up on Ann Coulter's latest grenade: deny women the vote and all America's problems would disappear. As GFR says, this should be a gift for Democrats:

I would like to see that quote, “If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democratic president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, a personal fantasy of mine,” as the header on GOTV mailers along with pictures of Coulter and whichever candidates were stupid enough to associate themselves with her earlier in the year. I would like to see it on television ads.

However, it's not a new position for Coulter. Four years ago, when I was younger and a little more charitably inclined towards her brand of incendiary nonsense, I interviewed Ms Coulter in New York on the occasion of the publication of her (absurd) book Treason:

Coulter wants it both ways all the time. She likes to shock, and insists that she means everything she says. On the other hand, she dismisses criticism by arguing that it’s time these damn yoghurt-knitting lefties learnt to appreciate a joke. Yet from time to time her eyes narrow and she says: "I mean what I say. You need to know that," even as in all but the next breath she’s wistfully recalling that if only men and men alone were allowed to vote, Republicans would have won every election since the war, save Barry Goldwater’s disastrous campaign against LBJ in 1964. Women’s tendency to put their trust in liberals "is a problem".

Of course, if men voted Democratic and women Republican, she'd be happy for a girls-only electorate. Then again, I've also long-been convinced that much of her schtick is, well, just that - a manufactured persona created to respond to a market opportunity:

I ask Coulter if her conservatism is in part - and originally - an expression of a natural contrariness. Would she have been a liberal if her university had been dominated by conservatives? For once she seems at a loss for words, before replying: "Maybe not a liberal but whatever the hegemonic, snobbish view was - I would certainly have rebelled against it." Then, without pausing to draw breath, she’s off again, railing against liberals’ "sneering arrogance" that is "like nothing since the Tsar’s court. That is the whole key to liberalism."

No wonder she loves the Cuban- Americans who are her new neighbours in Miami Beach. "They are the best Americans. I would say the Italians, because they are great Americans, but the Cubans are better haters and I admire that."

Coulter concludes that "lying" is the liberals’ "most cherished human activity". Ultimately what divides conservatives and liberals is that the former "believe man was created in God’s image; liberals believe they are God".

This helps explain why "the left’s anti-Americanism is intrinsic to their entire worldview. Liberals promote the rights of Islamic fanatics for the same reason they promote the rights of adulterers, pornographers, abortionists, criminals, and communists. They instinctively root for anarchy and against civilisation."

I don't know. For a while this year I'd thought that I was right to have concluded that "the law of diminishing returns may in time catch up with her" but perhaps I was mistaken...

*ie, Rule.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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