From NBC's Winston Wilde
WASHINGTON -- The last day of the Conservative Political Action Conference here saw Ann
Coulter back up to the podium to deliver some of the comic relief of
She did not come to lend wisdom as to where the conservative movement
in America should be headed, and she did not mention policy
alternatives to contrast with those of the Democratic White House and
She came to do what she is arguably best at: highlighting any and all
ironies and inconsistencies she sees in the liberal agenda, and in its
new leader, President Obama.
She wasn't the headliner (Rush Limbaugh would take that honor as the
last to speak at the conference), but Coulter's return appearance
yielded its fair share of sound bites, for sure.
To begin, Coulter was quick to acknowledge that President Obama had become a larger-than-life figure, and she began her remarks by highlighting some of the iconic and archetypal figures with whom Obama seems the present incarnate.
She began with Jesus Christ, grounding herself in the TIME magazine article written by Nancy Gibbs on Nov. 5th, 2008. The metaphor in Gibbs' article is fleeting at best, but Coulter's barbs were relentless.
"As leader of 12 Apostles, even Jesus had more executive experience than Obama," she said. … "Apparently [the media] like carpenters -- it's plumbers that they hate."
She continued her odyssey against the media in her next topic: that Obama is the incarnate spirit of Abe Lincoln, this time citing the Newsweek cover story, "Obama's Lincoln."
"So marks the end of Obama's honeymoon with the press: he's been downgraded from Jesus to Lincoln," she quipped.
It is a step down, yes, but Coulter acknowledged that, like Lincoln, one of Obama's best qualities is that he brings people together. From Newsweek, she read, "Two thin men from rude beginnings, relatively new to Washington, but wise to the world, bring the nation together to face a crisis."
He hears all sides, he brings the likes of rivals into his Cabinet, and he brings a breath of fresh air to Washington. Perhaps, she said, but Coulter had her counterpoints -- that change would not come so swiftly to the District.
"I'm not sure reaching out to the Clintons and buying their entire Cabinet at fire-sale prices constitutes reaching out to rivals," she said. … "If [Obama] thinks people want to change in 2008... wait 'til 2012!"
Coulter read a quoted selection from a soaring campaign speech, which resonated a message of change throughout. She didn't mention that this was a selection from the Clinton campaign years ago until she was done reading and let the Obama-esque words set in. A classic comic misdirection.
But, in Coulter's 'war of many fronts' over ironies in Washington, she wasn't without a few herself. Though many individuals in Obama's Cabinet are from the former Clinton administration (Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers and Leon Panetta, to name a few), Coulter omitted that a Clinton herself constitutes a rival.
And in the ironies of ironies, she made clear that the Democrats, winning an election 12 years after Clinton's victory, shouldn't just yet boast of "an end to the Republican Party" with this retort: "I don't think I'd be hanging the Mission Accomplished sign just yet."