The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who exhibit a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of displaying their own worst traits. This one is a doozy. Ann Coulter is actually slamming the Tea Party types, and Liz Cheney in particular, for exploiting the Republican party for money and ego:
On Monday, conservative provocateur Ann Coulter visited Sean Hannity for a plug-her-latest-book sitdown, during which her host tossed out what he no doubt assumed would a typical conservative-colleagues-in-arms softball: “Establishment Republicans are at war with the Tea Party base, and I’m angry about it!” But Coulter slammed it, so to speak, to the opposite field, going on a tear against Newt Gingrich, Todd Akin, Mark Sanford, and Liz Cheney, whom she declared to be “hucksters, shysters, and people ripping off the Republican Party for their own self-aggrandizement, for their own egos, to make money.”
First, let us give the requisite nod to the rich irony of one of the GOP’s most cynical button-pushers professing outrage over ambitious conservatives’ desire to profit personally at the expense of the party’s greater good. This is, after all, a woman who has grown rich and famous fueling Republicans’ image as a pack of extremist nutjobs with made-to-inflame statements such as: “Our blacks are so much better than their blacks”; “We just want Jews to be perfected, as they say”; “I have never seen people”—meaning the 9/11 widows—“enjoying their husbands’ death so much”; “I don’t really like to think of it as murder. It was terminating [abortion provider George] Tiller in the 203rd trimester”; “I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East, and sending liberals to Guantanamo”; and “If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president.”
Now that that’s out of the way, back to Coulter’s tête-à-tête with Hannity. Part of what made her rant so interesting was that it clearly caught her host off guard. When Hannity expressed dissatisfaction with the current intramural GOP warfare, he was inviting Coulter to tear into the soft underbelly of people like Sen. John McCain, Rep. Peter King, and other assorted RINO squishes who don’t believe that crashing the global economy is the best way to run a nation. Instead, Coulter gouged a string of fellow conservatives, leaving Hannity struggling to get a word in edgewise. Coulter heaped special scorn on Dick Cheney’s elder daughter. “Why should we be having—and I love Liz Cheney—but why should we be having a rancorous primary against a good Republican senator other than for Liz Cheney’s ego?” she demanded. This put poor Hannity, a loud-and-proud Liz fan, in an awkward position. But when he gently protested that, far from being an egomaniacal climber Liz Cheney is genuinely “more conservative” than her opponent Mike Enzi, Coulter slapped him down: “No, she isn’t.” Hannity was left to whine meekly, “She’s not a shyster, so let’s be clear.”
In related news, the pot and the kettle were found dead in a seedy motel from an apparent murder-suicide pact.