Peak Far Right Watch: Ann Coulter’s Vision for America is Largely Jewless and Looks Like the Republican Party Convention Floor in New York in 2004

Peak Far Right is the idea that the night of Barack Obama’s reelection constituted the historic fulcrum upon which the long-term demographic decline of the Republican Party as a white Christian party commenced. In other words, Obama’s reelection was the moment that Peak Far Right inched at last to the right side of its bell curve. It will still pump out its oily crap and have its electoral victories, but it won’t be as rhetorically unrestrained and impressively formidable as it has been in the past. A fever spell has been broken.

Evidence for this is the following Ann Coulter video clip from 2007 in which she says that Christians like her “just want Jews to be perfected” and for America to look like the (virtually all white) Republican Party convention floor did in 2004. It is becoming quite impossible for Republicans to talk like this anymore and still expect to win major elections. That’s a sign of progress; of Peak Far Right.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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7 Responses to Peak Far Right Watch: Ann Coulter’s Vision for America is Largely Jewless and Looks Like the Republican Party Convention Floor in New York in 2004

  1. Staffan says:

    I don’t see the racism here. She wants him to see the glory of God too. If she really hated Jews, wouldn’t she say, “just keep doing what you’re doing” or “give up on religion, it’s just stupid”? I agree with Jewish pundit David Horowitz who commented on this, “Why do some Jews think that Christians should not really believe what they believe while it’s okay for Jews to really believe they are God’s Chosen People? I don’t get it.”

    And on another note, isn’t this just your disapointment with Obama? You talk less and less about him and more about how the other party sucks. I feel that Democrats are not really believing in Obama anymore but they still hope that the economy will turn around because it always has. But what if it doesn’t? The US public debt to gdp is 105 percent and rose by 30 percent the last 4 years. If that continues you’ll be at 136 percent together with Italy in 4 more years. Then what, austerity? I don’t think the idea that Ann Coulter is a racist is going to be much of a distraction then.

    • Santi Tafarella says:

      History matters here, and you’re being a bit tone deaf. The reason an educated religious Gentile doesn’t sensibly proselytize Jews has to do with the Holocaust. After two millenia of Christian antisemitism culminating in the near extermination of European Jews, the idea that Jews need Jesus to avoid going to hell to be tortured for all of eternity; or that a Jew is in any way inferior in religious practice to a Christian; or that Judaism and not Christianity needs “perfecting,” simply demonstrates the obtuseness of the proselytizer.

      As to Obama, I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about. I have high hopes for an Obama second term. I’m not at all disillusioned about him. He governs in bad political and economic weather, but he is moving the country forward in numerous positive directions. I expect his Supreme Court appointments will be excellent; I suspect he’ll ease the country away from the drug war; I think he’ll wind down Afghanistan; I think he’ll put the country’s finances on a better trajectory with compromise legislation on taxes and spending (for the latter, Republicans will have to play ball).

      I’m also happy Obama and not a Republican will be making determinations about war and peace with Iran and Pakistan.

      Obama’s temperament is sterling–it’s near pitch-perfect for an American president. He’s calm in ways that Kennedy was calm during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

      Go see the new Lincoln film. One cannot help but recognize in Lincoln’s temperament, Obama’s. Obama represents for me a coming up for air and sunlight.

      –Santi

      • Staffan says:

        It makes no sense at all to stop converting Jew on account of the Holocaust. If you as a Christian want the best for someone else then conversion would be the obvious choice. There is no better prize than heaven.

        As for Obama, I may have misinterpreted you. If you look at his approval ratings from Rasmussen, the strongly approve rating is down from 44 to 31 percent and total approve rating is down from 65 to 53 percent. I thought the fact that you werent talking much about him these days might be due to being part of this pattern.

        As for finances, he needs to cut public spending. And he hasnt cut in the military or got to the One Percent. So either he will cut in unpopular areas like welfare or he will continue to loan money. I doubt you can blame what follows on the Republicans.

      • Santi Tafarella says:

        You underestimate Obama.

        As for the Holocaust, it is a crisis in the life of God–or, at least, God belief–and it raises fundamental questions about what is sane behavior with regard to 21st century Gentiles proselytizing Jews.

        I’m struck by how “young earth creationist” you sound here. In other words, just as the YEC talks about biology and the Earth sciences as if Darwin and all of mainstream geology can be safely ignored, you are talking about Christian-Jewish interaction as if the Holocaust never happened.

        –Santi

      • Santi Tafarella says:

        One more quick distinction about Jew and Gentile after the Holocaust. It’s one thing for a Jew to visit a library and read a book about Christianity or Buddhism or Hinduism or atheism or Islam and convert to this or that belief system. It is another thing entirely for a group or ministry to make it their mission to reduce the number of Jews in the world; to TARGET them for conversion; to make it a part of their ideology that Jews need fixing. After the Holocaust, Jews deserve the dignity of their autonomy.

        Part of this has to do with their numbers. In a world of 2 billion Christians and more than a billion Muslims, Jews are perhaps 12 million people. They can take care of themselves, they can hear things, but, of course, it is a display of obtuseness to think that they need specific informing and persuading. I feel the same about Native American tribes being targeted by missionaries, or tribal groups living in forest areas.

        The methods of persuasion deployed in attempts at conversion are always smug, patronizing, and presumptuous. This is especially true in the 21st century with near-universal access to the Internet. People can look into things and hear arguments of their own accord. They don’t need specific targeting.

        –Santi

  2. Staffan says:

    Like I said in a previous comment, religion and science are different domains and you can embrace both.

    “After the Holocaust, Jews deserve the dignity of their autonomy.”

    No, from a Christian perspective Jews do need to be fixed. You can’t change a religion because of the Holocaust. The whole idea that the Holocaust should entitle Jews with special privileges is dubious in many ways. And again, from a Christian perspective, they are offering the Jews the best they can possibly offer.

    • Santi Tafarella says:

      Well, by doubling down on your position, you’ve put yourself out on a limb. My point is that when conservatives talk this way and then mean to win elections, they are going to run into problems of political marginalization.

      Coulter is a political face in the Republican Party.

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