This past week Ann Coulter’s 10th book, Never Trust a Liberal Over Three-Especially a Republican, was released. In her first interview with Sean Hannity after the book came out he said that he always reads the book and tries to pick out the part that will have liberals foaming at the mouth. I do the same and I’ve almost always been wrong.
I’m not going to pretend to be an impartial reviewer. Ann Coulter is my Oprah. Never Trust a Liberal Over Three-Especially a Republican is a guidebook for going forward, with an eye on the 2014 mid-term elections. She writes:
Liberal pushiness prevails not only in history but in actual public policy. We vote and vote and vote and vote until they win, and then we never vote again. Or we’ll have a big national debate about one of their kooky ideas, the people vote, liberals lose — and they bring a lawsuit to get what they want by judicial decree. Even when we win, we can’t win.
In California alone, multiple lawsuits were brought to block popular initiatives banning: racial quotas at state schools, welfare for illegal aliens, and gay marriage. Liberals got a court to overturn the people’s will in all these cases, except the prohibition of racial quotas. But they won’t stop trying!
Conservatives, on the other hand can’t be bothered with winning elections. Make no mistake, Coulter isn’t abandoning the “most conservative who can win” principle. She’s begging people to remember the last three words of the principle — “who can win.” Some in the media and on the conservative side have characterized this as abandonment of the Tea Party (which is becoming as indefinable and pejorative as “RINO”). That is not the case. She writes:
Nor is the Tea Party or the “Establishment” responsible for our losses. Those are maledictions, not analyses. (Though it is the “Establishment” pushing that idiotic idea about amnesty.) The Tea Party gets blamed for all the Republican Party’s woes, but the problem with those candidates wasn’t that they were too budget-cutty. The problem was they were too into musing about rape. In any event, the Tea Party candidates add up to only four blown Senate races out of thirteen “toss-ups” the Republicans lost.
For me, the most important take away from Never Trust a Liberal Over Three-Especially a Republican is what Coulter says about conservatives’ star candidates:
The Republican Party has no natural defense mechanism against charlatans and saboteurs because politics is not what Republicans think about every second. Democrats love government. They spend their lives trying to maneuver themselves into a position to run other people’s lives. Republicans don’t want careers in government and give little thought to how to get there. Often they run for president only because they hope it will lead to more speaking gigs and TV appearances.
This may explain why Republicans seem to attract the sort of candidate who enjoys startling people at cocktail parties with outlandish remarks. There’s a great living to be made by appealing to rubes and hotheads. Even if you lose, you’ll get a talk show. At that last debate, I was king of the badasses. That’s great, now six Republican congressman will lose because of you. For the pettiest reason — ego gratification, revenge, money — some people are perfectly willing to screw over Republicans.
Personally, I think one of our biggest problems is that we put people on a pedestal whose livelihood depends on being in the minority. The victim mentality brings in donations and they have no vested interest in seeing the country make a comeback from whatever depths 8 years of Obama brings us to by 2016. I am hopeful as long as I keep hearing stories like the one about the man (who I’m guessing has never been involved in politics until now) risking arrest to mow the lawn in front of the Lincoln Memorial. There’s nothing unattractive in a candidate than hopelessness.
In addition to her nuggets of wisdom on winning elections, Never Trust a Liberal Over Three-Especially a Republican includes some of Coulter’s popular columns and interviews over the last few years. No one can pick out a pattern like Coulter. As she pointed out in her interview with Piers Morgan last week, the secret to her success is that unlike many other best-selling authors she does all of the research herself. She told Piers that when you use researchers they might miss a pattern or overarching theme. Having spent the day with Coulter at the Library of Congress Manuscript Room several years ago, I know that it’s not just about the book. She genuinely enjoys it.
As for predicting what will be the outrage du jour from liberals who pretend to have read Never Trust a Liberal Over Three-Especially a Republican, it’s hard to say. Coulter tells conservatives they need to dump celebrity candidates in favor of conservatives who can win in a particular state or district (Note: This is not who Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) or the non-Fox News media says who can win). She calls out Democrats for their penchant for using the military only when it serves no national security interest. She reminds us of liberals who care more about the “enforcement of racial etiquette” rather than actually improving life for black Americans. So, in terms of picking what part might offend liberals the most, it’s hard to say. How do you predict what a crazy person would do? My best guess is that liberals will be most offended that Ann Coulter is on her way to her 10th New York Times bestseller.
Note: Ann Coulter is doing a Reddit AMA chat on Monday (10/21) at Noon eastern here.