Polemics & Exchanges

On the Blue-Eyed Coulter

Robert Stacy McCain’s main point in his review of Ann Coulter’s Godless: The Church of Liberalism (“Is Ann Coulter Among the Prophets?” September) seems to be that those of us who are not blonde and blue-eyed should not envy those who are.  (“But we all cannot be blue-eyed blondes, and, in the Age of Media, many must toil in thankless obscurity while a favored few reap fame and fortune.”)

The question is not whether Chronicles editors and contributors sit around pouting because they are not called upon to be pundits on television.  The question is why such people as Coulter, with scant credentials, receive such fortunate attention, while others who are well established do not—and, indeed, would “toil in thankless obscurity” or be forgotten altogether, were it not for Chronicles.

Ann Coulter was just another East Coast lawyer when, in 1996, for some reason, she got her first gig on the fledgling MSNBC as a “legal analyst.”  What influential paper had she written on law, or what famous case was she part of that merited this promotion into the world of celebrity punditry?  Her vaulting into prominence over people who have far more distinguished legal careers strikes at the heart of the popular conservative argument that hard work and...

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