Conservative(ish) commentator Ann Coulter was at one point well-known for her uniquely controversial, original and oftentimes insightful takes on issues ranging from pop culture to the war on terror.
Indeed, that's how she carved out a spot for herself on the Right.
Nowadays, however, she has abandoned the original and insightful part of what made her famous and has taken up a full-time position peddling controversial (see: utterly predictable) “smart takes.”
For example, Coulter had yet another outburst Wednesday over what has in recent years become her biggest fear: That illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. will be allowed to stay and that they will all supposedly grow up one day to vote Democratic (because they apparently can't think or reason for themselves).
This time, she's upset with Roman Catholics, notably Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, for daring to suggest that the recent wave of underage illegal immigrants be treated humanely and that their well-being be considered when deciding how best to deal with the current crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The Catholic Church officially opposed any effort to expedite the official deportation of these children,” Mediaite reported, adding that Dolan characterized calls for the immediate deportation of the minors as “un-American,” “un-biblical,” and “inhumane.”
Coulter apparently saw an opening and decided to weigh in on the issue in her typically calm, even-handed and not-at-all unreasonable manner:
Well, now. Tell us how you really feel.
“Notably, Coulter did not take aim at the numerous rabbis, evangelicals, Southern Baptists, Episcopals, Methodists, Quakers, and other Christian churches quoted in the article, even though they all expressed their desire to show Bible-backed compassion towards these children, and backed their statements with actual, tangible actions,” Mediate noted.
We can't say we're too surprised by Coulter's apparently inconsistent application of outrage. She likely figured out years ago that she doesn't need to be consistent. Heck, she doesn't even need to make sense.
So long as the outrage sells books and keeps TV producers calling, who cares?
Of course, the problem with this strategy, the strategy of “shocking” audiences into buying your routine, is that the schtick eventually wears thin, forcing you to dive deeper into “controversial” territory.
And the end result is always the same: You hit rock bottom and become a parody of yourself. That's when you start saying silly stuff like “the rising popularity of soccer in the U.S. is proof of America's decline” or Catholics are "moral show-offs" for advocating for the humane treatment of illegal minors.
It's a bit sad, but entirely predictable.