Coulter and Sean limn the wild things: Ann Coulter has been where the wild things are! On last evening’s Hannity, she described “those people”—the Occupy Wall Street folk. In the process, she raised a new point of complaint—those people did not attend Yale:
COULTER (10/14/11): In addition to the drug dealers, criminals, teenage runaways, there's also the Young Spartacus League here. And I would like to mention, I was speaking at Yale on Tuesday, and I was at their political union...And when I accused the members of the party of the left and Spartacus League, “Hey, why aren't you guys down on Wall Street,” they reacted with absolute contempt.Very few viewers of Fox went to Yale. It’s amazing that claims like this can be advanced as a put-down.
So I promise you, none of these kids at Occupy Wall Street are coming from places like Yale. They are coming from the most bush-league schools, which is why none of them can even say why they are there.
But by the rules of the tribal war, little that is said has to make sense. It just has to revile the wild things found in the other tribe. Earlier, Coulter had let viewers know that the wild things are even demonic. That’s the title of her latest book, of course:
COULTER: No, it's amazing how these protesters, how these mob protests are precisely following the contours of my book. You know, liberals get upset that I say they are, that these mobs, these liberal mobs are demonic. And yet they themselves are quoting the scene, the first scene in my book, from the Bible. They put up, describing Occupy Wall Street, this weird computer voice saying, “The voice of the people is anonymous for we are legion.” That's what the demonic spirit says to Jesus when he says, “What is your name?”The wild things are also demonic! Later, in his Great American Panel, Sean discussed the various things he had seen when he imagined the wild things:
HANNITY (10/14/11): You have got people having sex on the street, walking around topless, smoking pot. It's a garbage bin down there.Poor Sean! He had discussed the same troubling scene with his panel one night before:
HANNITY (10/13/11): We continue now with our Great American panel. I said, one way or another, the Occupy Wall Street thing is going to end. We expect a lot of rain in the next couple of days. It is going to get cold. It is not going to be 70 degrees, 2 in the morning, smoking pot, singing kumbaya, making a mess and having sex in public and being topless.Also on Wednesday, speaking with Candidate Bachmann:
BERNARD MCGUIRK: I was going to start a movement called "Fight the Funk" to get the stench out of Lower Manhattan. That started a movement on Facebook. You show up with some Lysol and maybe a job application and watch them all take off.
HANNITY (10/12/11): Let's see, you've got people having sex on the sidewalk, walking around topless, doing drugs in the streets. Are we looking at Barack Obama's Democratic Party when we look at these images and we've read these signs?Those People are nothing like Us! Tribal tribunes will always insist that the two tribes are totally different.
MICHELE BACHMANN: Well, it looks like it does and I've been reading reports that George Soros has been one of the funders behind this again, who funded Moveon.org and all of these protests organizations. So, this clearly has nothing at all in common with the Tea Party, which was truly a grass roots movement.
It’s stunning to see the types of things Fox viewers are being told in these final days. But we’ll have to admit, we squirmed a bit when Piers Morgan played this tape last night, introducing his hour with Sean Penn:
PENN (videotape): You have what I call the "Get the N-word out of the White House party," the Tea Party.As the hour proceeded, Brother Penn doubled down on his charge:
PENN (10/14/11): I would love to see Barack Obama be Bulworth. I'd love to see what I've always wanted to see, somebody run as a one term president and show, show me that people aren't stupid. They do care about each other. And when he does the right things and takes on the controversies, he's going to win the next election.On Hannity, the panel was laughing about this very thing last night, noting that tea party supporters now favor Cain above everyone else. It's hard to make one of Hannity's panels right. But Our Side is trying hard.
And, and there—yet, there's another problem. You have what I call the “Get the N-word out of the White House party," the Tea Party, this kind of sensibility, which is much more of a distraction—
MORGAN: Well, I had Morgan Freeman on, one of your, your movie colleagues. And he was very passionate about that very subject, saying there are elements of the Tea Party who just, as he said, want to get the black man out of the White House. He said it on this show.
PENN: I don't think there's any doubt about it. If you ask a representative of the, of the Tea Party, “OK, Social Security, socialist, get rid of it,” they're going to get very confused.
What the, what they're— At the end of the day, there's a big bubble coming out of their head saying, you know, "Can we just lynch him?"
That said, the two tribes can always agree on one point—those other people are very dumb. For ourselves, we'll have to say it's starting to look like Penn didn't go to Yale either.
Our side is topless, They are all racists. In each case, the wild things are very very bad, the tribunes demonically stupid.