Soulless: Ann Coulter and the Right-Wing Church of Hate

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Political Science - 272 pages
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"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." –Ann Coulter, 2006

Is she ever!

Ever since the publication of her Clinton-bashing debut, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, right-wing fire-brand Ann Coulter has made herself one of the most talked-about figures in contemporary American life—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 New York Times editor Bill Keller and antiwar congressman Jack Murtha deserved to die. Yet with each new statement—and each new book launch—Coulter somehow manages to co-opt the media as a megaphone for her attacks, while emerging from the backlash miraculously unscathed.

Until now. With Soulless, political commentator Susan Estrich takes on Ann and the "Coulter culture" she has created, exposing how the pundit provocatrice has downgraded our political discourse with her irresponsible rhetoric, personal attacks, and slanderous asides. Trawling through Coulter's 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. Soulless also casts a light on "the Anns," wannabes like Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck, whose imitation Coulterisms coarsen our culture with every passing news cycle. And, most important, she challenges us—the readers, the voters—to remember that behind the huckster's rhetoric lurks a dangerous reactionary whose real agenda is wildly out of step with the American public.

As Estrich says, "She knows exactly what she is doing. And she is scary as hell because of it."


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The esteemed constitutional lawyer Estrich really is takes part the venomous Coulter piece by piece to reveal that she is little more than a clever selfserving opportunist wrapped in a blonde package who will say anything that gets her attention. Read full review

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Ms. Estrich has incisively cut to the core of the Ann Coulter culture. The same culture-less behavior turned the economically and psychologically tortured people of 1922-1923 Germany (crushed by hyperinflation) into political robots who supported the worst despot Europe ever saw.
There are strong arguments against Islam and against today's socialist and liberalist thinking, but Ann Coulter does not express them well and I think generally she should be ignored.
Coulter is smart, however, she has focused her intelligence incorrectly and has become a dangerous voice overly promoted and generally disappointing, doing little to help a conservative cause, and much to harm our nation and the culture we should become.
See: End of the Age at the Kindle store by Dr. Stephen Newdell


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Susan Estrich has been called one of the most influential public intellectuals of the century. The first woman ever to run a presidential campaign, she was also the first female president of the Harvard Law Review and the youngest woman to be tenured at Harvard Law School. An accomplished attorney, she has represented clients including Leona Helmsley, Claus von Bulow, and Michael Milken. The author of several books, including The Case for Hillary Clinton and the national bestseller Sex and Power, she is the Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law School. Estrich lives in Santa Monica, California, with her two children.

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