In History, Politics on December 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Magda Goebbels may be dead, but her ghost marches on–in the skinny, blonde-haired shape of right-wing columnist Ann Coulter.

Coulter isn’t like Mitt Romney, who’s taken almost every possible position on almost every possible issue.  No, she can be trusted to move ever more rightward, no matter what the issue.

In doing so, she has become the classic definition of a fanatic:  Someone who always sticks to his guns–whether they’re loaded or not.

Consider her November 2 column: “Why Our Blacks Are Better Than Their Blacks.”  This was written in defense of Herman Cain, who had just been outed as a sexual predator in a Politico news story.

According to that and subsequent news stories, two former colleagues of Cain’s at the National Restaurant Association had filed complaints that Cain had acted inappropriately toward them.

One woman received $45,000 in an out-of-court settlement.  Another got $35,000.

But none of that mattered to Coulter:

“It is beyond insane that Herman Cain would have considered running for president if he had the tiniest skeleton in his closet,” she wrote.

“To be an out-of-the-closet black Republican, you had better be a combination rocket scientist/Baptist preacher. Which, as it happens, Cain is.”

Appearing on Sean Hannity’s show, Coulter said that the Cain story is a “high-tech lynching,” adding that “it’s coming from the exact same people who used to do the lynching with ropes, now they do it with a word processor.”

She added that liberals are “too dense” to see the “many wonderful qualities” about Cain, because “all they see is a conservative black man.

“That’s why our blacks are so much better than their blacks,” Coulter said. “To become a black Republican you don’t just roll into it. You’re not going with the flow.

“You have fought against probably your family members, probably your neighbors, you have thought everything out and that’s why we have very impressive blacks in our party.”

And Rush Limbaugh–the American Right’s version of Joseph Goebbels–had his own take on Sharon Bialek, a fourth woman who similarly accused Cain of making unwanted sexual advances.

Limbaugh, on his radio show, intentionally pronounced Bialeck’s name as “Buy-a-Lick.”

For Limbaugh, it was enough to know that Cain was not Mitt Romney.  He felt certain that Cain, if he got the Republican nomination, would viciously manhandle Barack Obama, if not win the White House.

And for Limbaugh, that was enough to ensure his support of Cain.

For right-wing extremists like Coulter and Limbaugh, skin color can take a backseat to ideology–providing the ideology makes Adolf Hitler look like a liberal.

Without waiting for events to develop, Coulter and Limbaugh rushed to defend the man they believed would be vicious enough to not only defeat President Obama but brutally assail him along the way.

They would have done  better to wait it out.

On November 28, Ginger White publicly asserted that she had had a 13-year affair with Cain.  On December 3, Cain announced that he was “suspending” his campaign.

Of course, neither Coulter nor Limbaugh has since apologized for their incendiary attacks on Democrats–and anyone else who fails to support a Fascist viewpoint and agenda.

Venom-spewers like Coulter, Limbaugh and Hannity serve two functions:

First, they act as mouthpieces for the Right–literally giving voice to the fears, greeds and hates that animate this audience.

This in turn reassures Rightists that their fears, greeds and hates are in fact justified–and encourages them to “keep up the fight.”

Second, because such commentators are not officially linked with the Republican Party, the party can always feel free to disavow their incietments to anger, racism and even violence.

Such was the case earlier this year when a “lone nut” acted out the violent fantasies of Sarah Palin, who had created and published a map spotlighting 20 House Democrats–and used cross-hairs images to show their districts.

One of those cross-hairs districts was that of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.  Only after the gunman had shot Giffords did Palin take down her map.

She might as well have sent the assassin, who killed six people and wounded 13 others, a congratulatory card on his marksmanship.

Palin, of course, has never been held accountable for her open incitement to violence.

With the 2012 Presidential race quickly approaching, and the Right more than ever determined to remove Barack Obama from the White House at all costs, the Secret Service will have its work cut out for it.

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