P A word to those of you out there who have yet to be offended by something I have written or said: Please be patient. I am working as fast as I can. #150-Ann Coulter, 2006/p p Is she ever! /p p Ever since the publication of her Clinton-bashingMoreP A word to those of you out there who have yet to be offended by something I have written or said: Please be patient. I am working as fast as I can. #150-Ann Coulter, 2006/p p Is she ever! /p p Ever since the publication of her Clinton-bashing debut, iHigh Crimes and Misdemeanors/i, right-wing fire-brand Ann Coulter has made herself one of the most talked-about figures in contemporary American life#8212-and has done so by issuing a near-continuous barrage of insult and invective, which has been described as shameless, cruel, shrill, bombastic, and mean-spirited, grossly inappropriate, hate speech.
She has called the 9/11 widows witches and harpies, referred to Muslims as ragheads, called Al Gore a total fag, and said that both iNew York Times/i editor Bill Keller and antiwar congressman Jack Murtha deserved to die. Yet with each new statement#8212-and each new book launch#8212-Coulter somehow manages to co-opt the media as a megaphone for her attacks, while emerging from the backlash miraculously unscathed.
/p p Until now. With iSoulless/i, political commentator Susan Estrich takes on Ann and the Coulter culture she has created, exposing how the pundit iprovocatrice/i has downgraded our political discourse with her irresponsible rhetoric, personal attacks, and slanderous asides. Trawling through Coulters history of often-violent public statements, Estrich asks which are more cynical: the pundit and her headline-grabbing drive-by character assassinations, or the networks who happily bring her back for more.
iSoulless/i also casts a light on the Anns, wannabes like Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck, whose imitation Coulterismscoarsen our culture with every passing news cycle. And, most important, she challenges us#8212-the readers, the voters#8212-to remember that behind the hucksters rhetoric lurks a dangerous reactionary whose real agenda is wildly out of step with the American public. /p p As Estrich says, She knows exactly what she is doing. And she is scary as hell because of it. /p