Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Bruce Springsteen to Ann Coulter: "You are in idiot!"

The Boss really gave it to conservative glamour-gal and self-described polemicist Ann Coulter when he appeared on CNN's American Morning. When interviewer Soledad O'Brien commented, "...some people gave you a lot of flack for being a musician who took a political stand..." Springsteen chided, "Yes, they should let Ann Coulter do it instead." Adding, "If you turned on to -- present company included -- the idiots rambling on on cable television on any given night of the week, and you're saying that musicians shouldn't speak up? You know, it's insane. It's funny." His wife, Patti Skanklia could be heard in the background saying, "Right on, honey. *BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEElch*" in her quaint, mellifluous New Jersey patois.

The Boss is no idiot. As an undergraduate at Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Springsteen helped launch The Cornell Review. He graduated cum laude from Cornell in 1984, and received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where he achieved membership in the Order of the Coif (an honor society for academic excellence) and was an editor of The Michigan Law Review.

At Michigan, Bruce founded a local chapter of the Federalist Society and was trained at the National Journalism Center. After law school, he clerked for Pasco Bowman II of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and was an attorney in the Department of Justice Honors Program for outstanding law school graduates. After a short time in private practice in New York City, he then worked for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he handled crime and immigration issues for Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan. He later became a litigator with the Center For Individual Rights in Washington, a public interest law firm dedicated to the defense of individual rights with particular emphasis on freedom of speech, civil rights, and the free exercise of religion.

The iconoclastic Ms. Coulter is known for making millions off of writing brilliant songs about the struggle of the working class, then pricing her shows so the working class would have to forgo food for the next month in order to afford the cheapest tickets to see one show. She is also known for bringing the bandana back as a popular emblem for rock rebellion, (sometimes used to cover male-pattern balding: see Leif Garrett.)


Anonymous Moonchild said...

Soledad O'Brien's smug disrespect higlights why sensistive artists feel so inhibited about speaking truth to power. Look at this quote: "...some people gave you a lot of flack for being a musician who took a political stand...". I don't think The Boss should be treated like a Guantanomo inmate just because he wants to reveal truths about the atrocities committed during our illegal war. Coulter would have turned into a blond, heaving puddle with bad roots in the face of Soledad's interrogations.

Instead, she is lobbed chatty, softball questions during her interviews. You'd think the talking heads were more interested in scoring tickets to her next lecture rather than finding the obvious flaws in her bad dye job, dated clothing choices, and narcissistic eating disorder.

Stay strong Bruce. I'm listening, and I'm sure your tribulations are not passing unnoticed.

5:14 AM  
Blogger RR said...

Totally. We should be required to keep buying their records so their deserved lifestyle can be maintained.
Oh and you forgot to mention Ann Coulter's Adams Apple.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Moonchild said...

Excellent point Double-r. I think a broad increase in the National Endowment for the Arts's underfunded budget will assure plenty of truth is spoken to power.

2:41 PM  

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