As most of you know, Ann Coulter is in a wee bit of legal trouble over what appears to have been illegal voting. It seems she voted in the wrong precinct, with the evidence giving rise to a fair inference that she did so knowingly. Here’s an early Palm Beach Post story, via Atrios:
A Palm Beach poll worker says he tried to help GOP-loving pundit Ann Coulter vote in the right precinct last week. But, Jim Whited says, Coulter dashed out of the polling place when he told her she needed to file a change of address.
“I even ran out after her,” he says. “But she was fast.”
Later, elections records show, Coulter cast her ballot 2 miles up the road — in the wrong precinct.
Whited, a former candidate for WPB mayor, was posted at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Feb. 7 as a $185-a-day precinct adviser, records confirm.
“Ms. Coulter came to me, and the address we had for her in the computer didn’t match the address I know she lives at,” Whited says.
He says he remembered a Page Two story in April about Coulter, 44, buying a $1.8 million home on Seabreeze Avenue. Yet county elections records show Coulter gave an address in June at the northern tip of the island, on Indian Road, when she registered. Turns out the addresses are in different precincts.
Apparently, whenever questioned about this during her spring college speaking tour, Coulter has simply dismissed the whole affair by falsely claiming she didn’t even live in the area. But it appears the matter isn’t going to die quite that easily. According to a new article in the Palm Beach Post, the election supervisor is hot on her trail:
Palm Beach County’s elections supervisor has given the right wing’s unofficial mouthpiece 30 days to explain why she voted in the wrong precinct.
In a registered letter scheduled to be sent to her this week, Coulter is asked to “clarify certain information as to her legal residence,” elections boss Arthur Anderson said.
“We want to give her a chance,” Anderson said. “She needs to tell us where she really lives.”
Or else? He could refer the case to State Attorney Barry Krischer for criminal charges, Anderson said.
So let’s take a moment to consider what Ann’s response will be. There’s no question that she voted illegally. The only defense that appears to be open to her is to try to argue that she made an honest mistake (though from the available facts this sounds like a hard sell).
The only problem is that in order to make such a claim, Coulter will have to admit that she’s a feeble-minded jackass.
Hey, don’t look at me Ann. You’re the one who set the bar.
This takes us back to November, 2000, in the early stages of the post election controversy. As you’ll, of course, recall, because of a poorly designed “butterfly ballot,” a number of voters, mostly elderly, who clearly intended to vote for Gore, ended up having their votes counted for Pat Buchanan, instead. Here’s how Ann Coulter described these voters in her Nov. 10. 2000 column:
I love these jackasses claiming they meant to vote for Gore but — whoops! — slipped and pulled the lever for Buchanan instead! Oh really. Let’s pretend that’s true. Sorry, but that’s one of the disabilities of being a political party that preys on the stupid. Sometimes your “base” forgets it’s Election Day, too. Live by demagoguing to the feeble-minded, die by demagoguing to the feeble-minded.
So, the obvious question becomes, Ann, if these good Americans, who were trying to do their patriotic duty by voting, but who were mislead by an undeniably confusing ballot, were “jackasses” and “feeble-minded,” then what does that make you?
At least they found their way to the right polling station. And at least they didn’t “forget” where they lived.
Actually, as I think about it, Ann, feeble-minded jackass probably lets you off too easily. Two-bit criminal, is really more to the point.
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Post note: As I was writing this, it occurred to me that comparing Coulter’s 2000 words with her conduct today was unlikely to be original with me. A subsequent web search confirmed this, demonstrating that Wonkette, among others, has previously made essentially the same point. Still, it seemed worth telling again.
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