Far-Right political commentator Ann Coulter is known for saying incendiary things to get the media's attention.
That's just what she did after what was, all in all, a successful 2018 midterms for the Democrats. One of the most stunning outcomes is that of the Kansas gubernatorial race, which saw Democrat Laura Kelly defeat Kris Kobach by seven points in the mostly Republican state.
Kelly said in her victory speech:
“There will be a lot of talk around America about the blue wave, but I don’t believe that’s what’s happened here in Kansas. What happened in Kansas was a wave of common sense, a wave of bipartisanship.”
If there are two things that upset Ann Coulter, it's common sense and bipartisanship. She took to Twitter to vent her dismay.
Kansas is dead to me.— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter)1541561570.0
The strong statement garnered a wealth of responses, but none so perfect as writer Matt Oswalt's:
did it drop another house on your sister? https://t.co/p2MZY8TpTI— Matt Oswalt (@Matt Oswalt)1541563105.0
Kansas, of course, is where the beginning of "The Wizard of Oz" takes place, in which protagonist Dorothy quite literally drops a house on the sister of the Wicked Witch of the West. While we normally wouldn't condone referring to a man referring to a woman as a witch in 2018, Coulter has said far worse in what can only be construed as a concentrated effort to earn the moniker. When referring to the murder of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller, Coulter said:
"I don't really like to think of it as a murder. It was terminating Tiller in the 203rd trimester."
Coulter's long history of hateful statements is likely why so many celebrated Oswalt's takedown.
@MattOswaltVA I keep popping back just to look at this tweet, like the perfect little thing it is.— Rufus Sewell (@Rufus Sewell)1541566294.0
@MattOswaltVA @jordanxwaters I’m so dead I might not even die when I actually die because I will have been dead too long.— Taylor Saracen (@Taylor Saracen)1541566226.0
@MattOswaltVA @LizTann5 https://t.co/nytlgT8EIy— Patricia Ogura (@Patricia Ogura)1541565880.0
@MattOswaltVA @BettyBowers YOU ARE GENIUS— Sinn Sage 🏳️🌈 (@Sinn Sage 🏳️🌈)1541566645.0
@MattOswaltVA https://t.co/AGtJC1lyvW— Angry Abuela (@Angry Abuela)1541568135.0
@MattOswaltVA Historic tweet.— Mark Harris (@Mark Harris)1541575414.0
In addition to electing a Democratic governor, Kansas voters made a landmark flip in the House of Representatives as well.
Democrat Sharice Davids won the election to represent Kansas's 3rd District in the House, not only flipping the seat blue but establishing Davids, a Native American lesbian, as the first LGBTQ Kansan representative and one of the first two Native American women elected to congress in the nation.
While Oswalt's tweet went viral, it wasn't the only memorable response to Coulter's Kansas crack. Like Oswalt, Some drew "Wizard of Oz" parallels.
@AnnCoulter Good riddance! ....from Kansas 🥂 https://t.co/2jEoSA55V2— Susan/Team Pelosi (@Susan/Team Pelosi)1541571010.0
@AnnCoulter Do you hear that Toto she thinks Kansas cares. 💅💕 https://t.co/cZRlxElpnl— Niaboo! 💀🦇👻 (@Niaboo! 💀🦇👻)1541574125.0
@AnnCoulter https://t.co/2zIRO5dDNB— Phoenix (@Phoenix)1541593913.0
Others just plain roasted her.
@AnnCoulter Would you like to speak to the manager, Susan?— Cornotaurus (@Cornotaurus)1541585676.0
@AnnCoulter Given the repudiation that Kansas just handed Kris Kobach for his years of racist hoaxing about non-exi… https://t.co/tbEExa05je— Monty Boa (@Monty Boa)1541578279.0
While Kansas made history and the Democrats now have a crucial platform to keep the administration of President Donald Trump in check, the national nightmare for Democrats is far from over and it's still vital for the party to mobilize in preparation for 2020. So, "be gone, before somebody drops a house on you too!"