Never one to shy away from publicity and attention, Ann Coulter headlined gay conservative fundraiser, Homocon, this weekend and everyone is reacting as planned in Coulter’s perfectly choreographed appearance. Progressives and gays and lesbians are appalled, conservatives are titillated, and GOProud has gotten tons of ink.Never thought of it that way, gotta love her.
The easiest way to read Coulter’s soundbites is to imagine the husky-voiced, bottle-blond in her too-short signature black cocktail dress swigging a Chardonnay and smoking a cigarette. Even if that’s not how she delivered her speech, it helps understand why her act plays so well on the gay road.
Like a Borscht-belt comedian, Coulter plays to the cheap seats. She’s in on the joke and seems amused that people actually take her schtick seriously. The fact that she was once kind of a serious pundit who said provocative but interesting things is blurred by the fact that she’s now largely just a publicity machine tossing out red meat to the crowd.
Here’s how Esquire’s Marty Beckerman reported on some of her best comments:
In her speech on Saturday, Coulter says that “not only can gays be conservative, you pretty much have to be,” because they are the “highest income demographic,” because “gays are too stylish to work for the federal government,” because radical Muslims want to execute them, and because “once [scientists] find the gay gene, guess who’s getting aborted?”