Ann Coulter: The GOP And Conservative Movement Have ‘A Problem With Con Men and Charlatans’

Ann CoulterMost observers would say Ann Coulter is pretty extreme as conservatives go. In the wake of Fukushima, she said radiation is “good for you.” She has said she would tell a gay son that “he was adopted” and then ask him for redecorating tips. She pushes the well-debunked myth Obama attended a radical Islamic madrassa.

So when she says the conservative movement has “a problem with con men and charlatans,” you know things have gotten way out of hand. Yet here she is at a local Republican party dinner in Florida, answering a question about the prospect of a brokered convention:

And just a more corporate problem is I think our party and particularly our movement, the conservative movement, does have more of a problem with con men and charlatans than the Democratic Party….  The incentives seem to be set up to allow people … as long as you have a band of a few million fanatical followers, you can make money….

Watch it:

Barry Bickmore, a geochemistry professor at Brigham Young University, who describes himself as “an active Republican” who “was a County Delegate for the Republican Party” from 2008-2010, agrees with Coulter:

This is nowhere more evident than in the climate policy debate.  The Republican Party is beset by “con men and charlatans” whose specialty is to convince people that there is no climate change problem.  And why do we believe them?  Because for people who think we should try to solve problems with as little government regulation as possible, it’s always easier to deny there is a problem at all….

And so we desperately want to believe that big problems are overblown or nonexistent.  Whenever a group of people “desperately wants to believe” something, there will always be someone willing to tell them what they want to hear, whether the opportunists are charlatans or simply nutjobs.

The question is whether the conservative movement can reject the charlatans and embrace science in time to enable us to prevent catastrophic global warming.

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13 Responses to Ann Coulter: The GOP And Conservative Movement Have ‘A Problem With Con Men and Charlatans’

  1. Dick Smith says:

    As Bill McKibben says, “we desperately need conservative leadership.”

    Fortunately, as a Dec. 1, 2011 National Journal article shows “Most” Republican members of Congress know better. They’re troubled that the fringe has captured the center on global warming within their party.

  2. Tim says:

    Are you kidding me? Coulter devotes about one-third of her diatribe Godless to attacks on the central, and exceedingly well-supported, theory of evolution. If Coulter is saying that the conservative movement is beset by charlatans it is because she is jealous that her fifteen minutes of fame are over. If you want to find conservatives with whom progressives can conduct a constructive dialog, find someone with some integrity – Andrew Bacevich, for example.

  3. Mike Roddy says:

    Yeah, but notice that Ann never specifically calls out the Republican Party for their global warming denialism. Like the rest of their leadership, she curtsies to the oil money.

    Ian Murphy solved the mystery of why Ann’s neck grows longer with every passing year: it comes from deep throating Satan.

  4. M Tucker says:

    The money behind the Republican Party will not support any candidate who would campaign on actual government intervention to reduce GHG. They have been selecting candidates ever further to the right with each campaign cycle and, face it, anyone who wants government to do something about climate change is just a weak-kneed bleeding-heart liberal; even if you vote in the Republican Party. A lot of folks support the party that is demonstrably opposed to their best interests, the best interests of the vast majority of Americans, and the long term security of America.

  5. Daniel J. Andrews says:

    Coulter is a charlatan when it comes to science. She was one of the folks who capitalized on peoples’ desires to hear only what conformed to their preconceived notions. Now she has the gall to complain that charlatans are listened to by the Republican Party? If not for that tendency she’d never have made it to (infamous) prominence.

    Perhaps this is a case of jealousy as she watches other people sling the b.s. and push her off stage???

  6. Sasparilla says:

    Regardless of the speaker’s called out in the article, the question Joe poses still stands. Will Republicans come back from the loony boonies back to the middle in time to save the climate?

    While its possible, my guess is that they won’t – they are the party that resists change (unless its been payed for by lobbyists). The money and power backing the party (Fossil Fuel companies) and manipulating it (Koch’s with their front groups and primary threats against moderates) want the con men and charlatans to continue (it suits their short and mid-term financial goals).

    The other angle of course is that the message from the con men and charlatans (Climate Change isn’t happening or we don’t have to do anything about it…) is exactly what their constituency want to hear.

    The party has hitched its wagon to denial and won’t change that until they are forced to…(maybe an ice free summer arctic will push enough people over the edge to make action possible).

    I think the GOP is destroying their long term electability – and as they shrink (through radicalization and kicking out moderates) it would seem to result in the strengthening of the radical parts of their party (self-reinforcing).

    Here’s a great article from the LA Times (GOP: Old, white and in trouble, poll says):,0,4642543.story

  7. Anderlan says:

    If irony were strawberries, we’d all be drowning in smoothies.

  8. Peter says:

    With a shill like Coulter- and a Charlatan like Palin quarreling- its really not surprising. As is inevitable in most cases, the thieves have begun to argue over the spoils.

  9. Leif says:

    The moderate repugs, if they even exist, will have to come to grips with their conscious one of these days and form a collation with the Democrats and work for programs that help “We the People,” and not the Corpro/People fouling the air. Please rational GOP, in the interest of humanity and Earth’s Life Support Systems, HELP, Stop the Profits on Pollution! Surely we can agree on that much? If the GOP Moderates do not, they doom their own demise along with the rest of humanity. History will not be kind…

  10. Sasparilla says:

    I think most of the moderate GOP politicians (Senate for example) have been purged from the party….

    There are a few left but they are on notice that if they shy into the non allowed areas like climate change etc. then one of the Koch funded and directed front groups (tea party groups) will ensure a well funded GOP primary challenger for them. They don’t get them every time, but they’ve been weeding the moderates out for several election cycles.

  11. Mary Morgasen says:

    Daughter of two patriots, from two different sides (ala Carvell and Matalin) many thanks to Coulter this time around. Those of us who were brought up as children to live the American dream also know that their responsibility was also to preserve that dream, win or lose. The country comes first, our quibbling second. But those who would make a mockery of the process, are a danger to us all. The process is the vetting, culling… the initiatory process that tells us all this person can represent the majority of us. I was brought up to know this. It has not failed me whether I agreed with the choice or not.

  12. Leif says:

    It has indeed failed you Mary, in that your children and progeny forever more will inherent an Earth of vastly different hew. Loosing species at a rate of 50+/day. Climate disruption that will limit the all aspects of your life. Ocean acidification eliminating the base of the ocean food chain. Poisoned water to drink and air to breath. Rising seas to displace vast numbers of fellow humans that must be assimilated or killed. I could go on but if you can call that success I shudder at your definition of failure.

  13. Steve says:

    Your reference to Andrew Bacevich is exact. The man is brilliant. He is a gentleman and a scholar. I wish every American could hear his speeches or read his writings.