When I Say Empty Suits and Empty Skirts
I'm talking about people like Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter.
Recently, O'Reilly and Coulter decided to attack Ron Paul. My first reaction was "oh boy, here we go again. It'll be slander and lies until every conservative runs back to Romney."
Instead, what we got was hilarity on the level of O'Reilly calling your girlfriend and asking if he can rub her down with a falafel. (Note #1 below)
O'Reilly got into a debate about economics (he once heard of something called economics) with John Stossel. He couldn't pronounce John Maynard Keynes' name correctly. He appeared to believe that Keynes lived in the 1700s. He said that raising margin requirements makes speculation more risky. Stossel, solid as usual, tried not to laugh too hard. (Note #2 below)
Now comes a report on Ann Coulter, who recenetly attacked Ron for not believing that marriage is an institution of the state. (Note #3 below)
Investment guru Porter Stansberry met Ann Coulter at a dinner several years ago. He wrote about her:
Ann Coulter had never heard of the gold standard. She didn’t believe us when we told her that in 1933 FDR seized all of the privately held bullion in the country, then devalued the dollar – probably the greatest financial crime in history. She didn’t even know it was illegal for citizens to own bullion up until 1974. Bretton Woods? Coulter thought we were talking about tennis rackets. She told me flatly “I don’t know anything about finance or economics.” Not even the basics, like how inflation affects prices or the key role paper money and progressive income taxes have played in building the welfare state. We might as well have been talking to a horse. Ann just looked at us, her long face turned sideways with incredulity.
Lacking anything intelligent to say, she decided to simply insult us. “I was a libertarian as a teenager, but I emerged from adolescence…”
Good one, Ann. What a zinger.
HT to EPJ, of course.
1. O'Reilly's falafel fantasies (I'm not making this up!)
2. Stossel attempts to explain the basics of economic history to O'Reilly.
3. Coulter's anti-Ron Paul piece where she explains that the state is the only institution that can join a man and a woman. And a nice, but needless, rebuttal. Like I give a fruck what Ann Coulter thinks.
David in Qatar