“The Commission has received a complaint alleging that Ann Hart Coulter has violated the election laws of the State of Connecticut.” — The Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission, February, 2009.
Ah yes, that is our little girl Ann. This time, no matter how much she rants, raves and reviles in the media, she will not be able to escape this one easily.
So here are the sordid details: On Jan. 11, 2009, the “Rush and Molloy” column in the New York Post reported that Ann was a registered voter in the state of Connecticut, allegedly residing in the home of her parents in New Canaan. Ann, the article continued, was really living in New York City, an apparent violation of Connecticut law.
On Jan. 29, a complaint was filed by Daniel Borchers. (He is not Ann’s biggest fan, but more about Dan later.) As of this writing, the complaint is being taken seriously and is being investigated by the state of Connecticut.
A complaint was also filed against Ann in 2006 with the Florida Election Commission. This complaint alleged that Ann knowingly voted in an election district that was not her own. However, like Missouri and many other states, Florida allows voters to complete a change of address card at the time of voting. Ann filled out such a form in Florida on Election Day. According to the final order, Ann was in the correct district at the time of the election. That case was dismissed by the Florida authorities.
So, this leads me back to Dan and his complaint. You might believe that Dan is one of those radical hippie liberals with his claws stretched for the kill. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Dan is a Christian conservative and a protector of the realm. His Web site, Brotherwatch.com, has a single purpose: to examine “political, social, cultural and religious issues from a Christian conservative perspective.” He is an unabashed fan of Ronald Reagan and the conservative politics to which the former president was so devoted. He is, in fact, my polar opposite. Then why attack the Queen of Conservatism?
I spoke with Dan on Tuesday. His words were measured, but his answer was simple, pointed and direct: “She has defamed conservatism and has defamed Christianity.”
Dan has had it with Coulter’s lies, foul mouth, demeaning language and purposeful misrepresentation of the facts. Dan is so upset that he has a Web site, Coulterwatch.com. He has written a book, hired an agent and is now searching for a publisher to tell the world “the truth” about Ann Coulter. I like Dan.
Middle-class teenage boys on Long Island have long talked about the rich girls of Connecticut with, putting it mildly, disdain. In our minds (yes, mine included) these young “ladies” were snobbish, blond, skin and bones, with a flair for the dramatic and got their way by hook, crook and lies. This, of course, is not true but does describe our favorite girl from New Canaan.
I have read Ann’s books and have watched her on ABC’s “The View” and FOX News’ “Sean Hannity.” She repeats the same scathing rhetoric. She yells and interrupts when she cannot get her way. She does not allow, nor will accept, the opposing view. She has no heart, even attacking the widows those who died on 9-11. How cold can one be just to get some air time?
I do like watching her self-destruct. To borrow from my late friend, former Texas governor Ann Richards: Poor Ann Coulter ... She was born with a silver foot in her mouth. Or from the television series M*A*S*H: Ann Coulter suffers from foot-in-mouth disease. I’ll stop stepping on poor Ann before I get booted.
Ann might have a bigger problem. Reading the two complaints, I noticed that sometime between 2004 and 2006, Ann purportedly moved to Florida. So where is her permanent residence? Connecticut, New York or Florida? Where does she pay taxes? Which state issues her driver’s license?
Poor Ann, she does not know where she lives or votes. Maybe Connecticut will loan her some ruby slippers? How about striped pajamas?
David Rosman is a business and political communications consultant, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics. Besides the Missourian, David is also a featured columnist for MissouriTribune.com and TRCB.com. He welcomes your comments at ProfDave1011@netscape.net.