Tuesday, March 17, 2009

What Coulter and company don't realize is how much of their appeal was based on transitory circumstances

The Bush administration created an atmosphere of intimidation that legitimized far right ideas that in any truly open context would have been pushed to the outer rung of things. Coulter and her compadres flourished within this environment, got on tv a lot, sold books, got influence, well beyond what they would normally have been expected to get. America was in a sense held hostage by the Bush administration, with fear and the threat of violence against people who refused to tow the line keeping sane people quiet and allowing the crazy ones that agreed with the Bush administration to have full sway. Well, now times have changed. We live in a different situation. The far right is no longer as popular as it once was. Book sales will continue to fall. I think lots of the right wing supporters of these people were/are really opportunistic cowards who were willing to put down money for it when it was socially acceptable but who now will (mostly) fade back into the woodwork. At least many of them. The Bush administration's politics will likely be with us for a long time to come, with the hard core of the far right that supported him continuing to be an unfortunate influence, but these people, who only came out with their real opinions once they thought that they could get away with it without any consequences, will in large part magically disappear.

At least that's my prediction. You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

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