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Story last updated at 3:41 PM on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Was Ann Coulter on truth serum?

With great interest I read the editorial on Rush Limbaugh in last weeks paper. But did you happen to catch what one of todays most caustic critics of liberals, Ann Coulter, who, somehow, must have been on truth serum, had to say about todays conservative media hucksters?

Here are her words as I read in the Atlantic: The conservative movement does have more of a problem with con men and charlatans than the Democratic Party. I mean the incentives seem to be set up to allow people as long as you have a band of a few million fanatical followers, you can make money.

I believe Ann was talking more in terms of the Sarah Palin-types.

And how might one go about getting themselves a band of a few million fanatical followers to make themselves a bundle? By getting themselves a stage, like in a national campaign, that can lead to radio or television contracts to push anger.

Just look at todays Republican primary. Theres certainly been a few folk participating who, more than becoming president, have been angling for Sarah Palins or, for that matter, Mike Huckabees media success.

Anger has become a multimillion dollar entertainment genre and, hence, a lure for those quick to capitalize. Just stir up anger for public consumption and seems these days youve got it made as, what I call, an angermeanian.

With Republican candidates grappling to the bitter end, residual anger at the coming Republican convention is certainly going to make, in the backfiring, for a most interesting event. Or will it be etchy-sketch time?

But back to last weeks editorial. Rush Limbaugh as an anger-medium has certainly proven his mettle. Hes no con man or charlatan; hes a force of anger in his own right. Thus, to me, hes become like a powerful drug; really hard for the addicted to give up. However, no one is trying to ban him, only pointing out whats being pushed.

Anyway, I never thought Id be saying this, but Id like to congratulate Ann Coulter for really, for the first time, nailing reality.

Tim OLeary