Best-selling author Ann Coulter has been reducing liberals to "sputtering rage" for nearly a decade. During that time, the Left has hopefully, but inaccurately, declared the end of her career more a dozen times. In Coulter's new book, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans, she writes, "Uttering lines that send liberals into paroxysms of rage, otherwise known as 'citing facts,' is the spice of life. When I see the hot spittle flying from their mouths and the veins bulging and pulsing above their eyes, well, that's when I feel truly alive."
I've reviewed several of Coulter's books, but this review is a little different. I'll let Coulter explain: "I also wish to thank Lisa De Pasquale who reviewed tapes, Nexis transcripts, eight years of columns, five books, and random interviews to gather the bulk of the quotes used in this book. Lisa is now America's leading Ann Coulter historian." (Let the hate mail begin!)
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans is like Cliff's Notes for liberals who are perennially shocked and conservatives that are in on the joke. The many Coulter fans that read her column every week and bought her previous five best sellers may wonder if the new book will be new to them. In addition to lengthy chapter introductions, most of this book will be new to fans.
What bothers Coulter's detractors more – her rhetoric, her success, or that she's even allowed to talk? Even before her media tour began, the liberal crackpots at Media Matters are already demanding that NBC, CNBC and MSNBC stop hosting her on their programs and boycott the blonde commentator. By the way, I should take this time to thank Media Matters for their unintentional help. Their obsession with transcribing Coulter's TV and radio interviews was quite useful while researching for the book. When If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans becomes a New York Times best seller, perhaps Media Matters will boycott itself.
Coulter's new book is a reminder of her battles with the leftist language police. While the details of her "career-ending" moments might be fuzzy, the words are still here in black and white. Reporters ask "Is this the end of Ann Coulter?" while her fans, new and old, roll their eyes and buy books for themselves and their friends. Most importantly, Coulter doesn't just weather the storm, she makes her targets irrelevant and in politics, that's the worst thing to be.
On last night's Hannity & Colmes, Coulter said, "My human punch lines are gone and I'm still here." (After doing months of research, I can't seem to turn it off.) Indeed, liberals can no longer snooker Americans into believing that any of their messengers have some sort of absolute moral authority. Following, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, Americans saw these phony messengers as irrelevant to policy debate. Perhaps the most definitive example of this is John Edward's spiral into oblivion. Don't take my word for it, check the Vegas odds. According to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, "Some of the best developed evidence on the power of prediction markets comes from political markets set up by the University of Iowa. These markets have been running since 1988 and have maintained a record of prediction accuracy much better than that of the Gallup polls."
According to Intrade.com, every time the Edwards presidential campaign (via Elizabeth Edwards) tries to engage Coulter in a catfight, his price plummets. His lowest point was after Elizabeth Edwards' "surprise" call-in to Hardball with Chris Matthews in June 2007. Now that can't be good for a girl's self-esteem. Next thing you know he'll be asking Elizabeth, "Does this tie make me look fat?"
Coulter believes it's important to go after liberal's influential institutions. Why waste one's time with a minion when you can take down the leader? Coulter writes, "This is why I attack the New York Times and Harvard, rather than loser liberals in the red states whose idea of a bold statement is to pass gas in church. I'll get into it with the rulers of your little army. They at least call the shots."
"America's leading Ann Coulter historian" was pleasantly surprised after reading the book cover to cover. In past book reviews, I've included several of my favorite quotes.
This time I'm telling Townhall readers: Just buy the book.