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Is Ann Coulter for real??

... or is she a satirical commentary of crazy conservatives? Like Stephen Colbert, except really, truly trying to convince people she's serious.

I pose this question because, in a recent conversation with a friend of mine, I learned that she chooses to believe the latter... because it makes her feel less insane.

Let's explore this question. Here are some examples of Coulterisms taken from wikiquote:

They're [Democrats] always accusing us of repressing their speech. I say let's do it. Let's repress them. Frankly, I'm not a big fan of the First Amendment. * University of Florida speech; October 20, 2005

The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man's dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it's yours. That's our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that's the Biblical view. * Oil Good; Democrats bad; October 12, 2000

I'd build a wall. In fact, I'd hire illegal immigrants to build the wall. And throw out the illegals who are here. [...] It's cheap labor. * Fox News; The O'Reilly Factor; Transcript via Media Matters; April 14, 2006

Then there are the 22 million Americans on food stamps. And of course there are the 39 million greedy geezers collecting Social Security. The greatest generation rewarded itself with a pretty big meal. * WorldNetDaily; December 10, 2003, "Vegan computer geeks for Dean

"Finally, all the candidates are willing to sell out any of these other issues in service of the one burning desire of all Democrats: abortion on demand. If they could just figure out a way to abort babies using solar power, that's all we'd ever hear about." * How to Talk to a Liberal (2004); ISBN 1400054184 p. 49

Ridiculous! Even if someone thought these things in the deepest darkest region of their mind, how could they ever say them out loud? I'm pretty sure my friend is right; she's an amazingly brilliant caricature of conservative right wing views. Imagine the commitment... her whole life is dedicated to making a spectacle of the right wing. Brilliant!!