There are three people you can always count on among the more ultra-conservative crowd to 1) state their opinion, 2) do it in as public a forum as they can manage, and 3) be as obnoxious about it as is humanly possible. Those three people are Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Sean Hannity. This week’s episode of extreme right-wing odiousness comes from Ann Coulter, who is defending Rush Limbaugh (sorry, Sean Hannity, you can sit this one out). She has decided to go after liberal talk show host Keith Olbermann, who also fits the about three-part description (except that he is a left-winger) mentioned above.
Keith Olbermann called out Rush Limbaugh on his misquoting of the Constitution of the United States in his Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) speech. Limbaugh said that the Preamble of the Constitution included the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Olbermann corrected Limbaugh. Those rights are contained within the Declaration of Independence.
Ann Coulter defended Rush Limbaugh’s miscue by saying that this was the kind of “gotcha” journalism Olbermann was famous for, correcting “teeny” mistakes. There is utterly no purpose to these lame “gotchas,” except that Olbermann is so desperately insecure that he is willing to waste valuable airtime in order to convince other status-conscious idiots that he is, like, scary-smart.”
Gotcha. Teeny. Scary-smart.
Condescending. But, then, so is Keith Olbermann.
But then she attacks Olbermann as “constantly lying about his nonexistent “Ivy League” education.” She says he belittles anyone that did not go to a school as prestigious as Cornell, mentioning his repeated digs at Regent University as Religious Lunatic University during the Bush administration (which, it must be noted, used an inordinate amount of graduates from the evangelical Christian school).
But Ann Coulter went to Cornell. Just like Keith Olbermann. Still, Coulter is quick to explain that she went to the Arts and Sciences College of Cornell, which is an Ivy League school. Keith Olbermann, she pointed out on her website, went to the affiliate state school, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which is technically not an Ivy League school. She referred to the Ag College as “Old MacDonald Cornell.”
Keith Olbermann fired back the next day to TVNewser: “Poor Annie has completely lost it. Cornell diplomas don’t make any reference to individual college or major. They’re Cornell diplomas. Mine looks exactly like hers, only if she was an out-of-stater she probably paid 8-10 times what I did for mine. And the premise of the University is that anybody can take almost any course. Nearly half of mine were in “her” Arts College. And this is the first time since I went there in 1975 that I’ve ever seen a Cornellian rag on all the other colleges. It’s a long way to go just to rationalize Limbaugh not knowing the Constitution from the Declaration of Independence.”
Ann Coulter sounds like a snob.
But, then, so does Keith Olbermann when he brings up his Ivy League education.
But Olbermann was correct about Rush Limbaugh’s misquote and no matter how much Ann Coulter attempts to belittle Olbermann, he would still be correct.
Ann Coulter’s defense of Rush Limbaugh seems to be merely a reflection of much of what is going on in the conservative movement. People like she and Sean Hannity defending him while Republican Party leaders kowtow to him and apologize to him for potentially offending him. This is fueling the debate of who actually leads the GOP and in which direction the Republican Party may actually be heading.
Hopefully it is not further right with the likes of Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh leading the way…
And it must be pointed out that after Rush Limbaugh misquoted the document he says he reveres, CPAC bestowed upon him the “Defender of the Constitution Award.” To be fair, he may actually be able to defend the Constitution rather well, just not the Preamble.