July 25, 2003 | Liberals see Ann Coulter as a Republican she-devil with skirts so short you can see her brains. Others view her as the blonde babe savior promised to the American right in the pages of fundamentalist scripture. Ann Coulter is defiantly the last woman in this country still carrying the torch for the long-dead Red baiter Joseph McCarthy. Look at the full moon above Washington, D.C., and see Ann wearing McCarthy's spurs as she rides her broomstick through the hot night.

But that's Coulter as a political creature. What about Coulter as a woman? For years this 40-something woman has worked so hard to become the she-god of the Republican zeitgeist that she's forsaken any personal life. She has no marriage or long-time partner -- her social life consists of sporadic dating. We should worry that she is dooming herself to spinsterhood, rather than assume Coulter practices free love or is still in the closet. Such speculations would be cruel.

And the truth is, Coulter seems sweetly frivolous when she isn't spouting off right wing clich├ęs. Who would have guessed that she doesn't have a clue about American culture? She is under the impression that "Forrest Gump" is a recent flick. She only first saw Jimmy Stewart in "It's a Wonderful Life" last year. Like a perpetual grad student, Coulter's favorite books are the pages of pre-Commie Russians. She also follows the Grateful Dead. I'm sure you heard the rumors that Strom Thurmond read Ralph Ellison and dug Miles Davis, so maybe it's true -- members of the right wing have soul.
Ann Coulter, woman
The right's she-devil talks about why she loves the Grateful Dead, what Tolstoy and Dostoevsky taught her about life, and how she meets men.

Coulter spoke to Salon by phone from New York.

I'm looking at the gorgeous photo of you on the cover of your new book "Treason." Is there a difference between Republican beauty and Democratic beauty?

I don't know. I'm not really good at questions like that. I'm much better in the world of ideas. No. I'm sorry. [Pause.] This is something I do have expertise in: I give a lot of college speeches, and half the room is usually angry protesters with placards. Scattered throughout the audience are a few pretty girls here and there, and at the end of the speech it's always the pretty girls that come up to me. Always. In college, any woman is beautiful, and to see these women that don't bathe, don't take care of themselves, don't dress in a way that is vaguely flattering, is like walking into a mining camp. And that seems to be intentional.

Do you look back at yourself when you were that age and wince, or were you attractive?

I don't look back and wince at anything, except there were a few times I could have been tougher on the Democrats.

With Treason, Ann Coulter once again defines a new low in America's political debate


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Get O’Rei(led)lly and Scar(red)borough at ham Han(ded)nity remarks or a Co(ld)ulter fury and crest Fal(len)well at Rush Limb(o)augh mumbo jumbo?
Don’t get mad get even. Turn those words around.

The standard bearers of "fair and balanced" right wing GOP truth, liberty, and justice for all, set a shining example for all Americans:
So I take it upon myself to offer irrational unbalanced responses to these shining examples of Conservative restraint.

Bill O'Reilly (at a benefit for underprivileged inner-city school children, commenting on an African-American boy’s group made up of sixth to eighth grade kids): "Does anyone know where the Best Men are? I hope they're not in the parking lot stealing our hubcaps."

Barry B. (At a Halliburton KBR benefit for wealthy corporate executives, commenting on the hosts) “"Does anyone know where the Best Men are? I hope they are not in the boardroom inflating invoices to steal from the government.”

Bill O'Reilly (on deploying the U.S. military to patrol our borders): "We'd save lives because Mexican wetbacks, whatever you want to call them, the coyotes -- they're not going to do what they're doing now, so people aren't going to die in the desert."

Barry B. (on deploying more U.S. military to police IRAQ): “We lose lives because our guys are just targets for the Iraqi’s. The more troops the more targets and the more of our boys who will die in the desert.”

Bill O'Reilly (to the son of a man killed at the WTC who objects to Bush's foreign policies): You are mouthing a far left position that is a marginal position in this society, which you're entitled to... You're entitled to it, all right, but... I don't want to debate world politics with you... Because, No. 1, I don't really care what you think... So you keep your mouth shut when you sit here exploiting those people... Shut up! Shut up! Cut his mic."

Barry B. (to Bill O’Reilly after the previous statement) “Need a Xanax Bill?”

Jerry Falwell on the 9/11 terrorist attacks: "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way—all of them who tried to secularize America—I point the finger in their face and say you helped this happen."

Barry B on Falwell’s remarks above: “I really believe that the Angels, the Heavenly hosts in Heaven and the demons and devils in Hell will all point their fingers in your face at the Pearly Gates and give St. Peter the Big two thumbs down”

Pat Robertson: "Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It's no different. It is the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history."

Barry B on Pat Robertson:” If the job of anti-Christ has not already been filled is this your application? I think you have a good shot at it. Heck I would vote for you even without that 7 million in Liberian gold mine stock.”

Pat Robertson: "The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians."

Barry B. “The 700 Club is not about Christian teaching or values it is about lining the pockets of the richest televangelist in history and promoting his twisted political agenda.”

Ann Coulter: "When Clinton first showed his fat oleaginous mug to the nation, the Republicans screamed he was a draft-dodging, pot-smoking flim-flam artist. Had the Republicans turned out to be right again, it would have sounded the death knell for the Democratic Party. So the Democrats lied. Through their infernal politics of personal destruction, liberals stayed in the game for a few more years. And liberals will continue unabashedly invoking a lie in order to shield their ongoing traitorous behavior."

Barry B. “When Coulter first showed her anorexic horse faced mug to the nation, the liberals screamed she was a vicious privileged self-promoting bitch. Had the Democrats turned out to be right again, it would have sounded the death knell for a whole host of Republican talking heads and pundits. So the Republicans lied. Through their unlimited supply of ill gotten gains they stayed in the game until now. Republicans will continue unabashedly invoking a lie in order to shield their ongoing gluttony and greed until they bankrupt America.”

Ann Coulter on dealing with terrorism: "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

Barry B on dealing with lying vituperative authors “ We should invade their publishers and convert them to fact-checking and wholesale retractions”

Ann Coulter: "The Democratic Party needs to have a lot more anti-war rallies in which Jesse Jackson embraces Ramsey Clark and liberals go around calling one another "comrade." The public cries out for the opinions of doddering old Stalinists in berets."

Barry B. “The Republican Party needs to have a lot more pro war rallies in which Chickenhawks Bush and Cheney embrace anal cyst sufferer Rush Limbaugh and they go around in flight suits saluting one another and calling each other Sir.”

Ann Coulter: "My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

Barry B. “Another regret with Tim McVeigh is that he might have chosen Crown Random House while Ann Coulter was in a meeting with her publisher”

Ann Coulter: "The good part of being a Democrat is that you can commit crimes, sell out your base, bomb foreigners, and rape women, and the Democratic faithful will still think you're the greatest."

Barry B. “The good part about being Ann Coulter is that you can falsely accuse people, sell out the truth for big bucks, trash democratic discourse, and rape any balance and exchange of ideas and opinions and the Republican faithful will still think you are the greatest.”

Rush Limbaugh: "Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream."

Barry B. “Excellence in Broadcasting was established to allow big fat idiots to preach to mindless dittoheads”

Rush Limbaugh: "The difference between Los Angeles and yogurt is that yogurt comes with less fruit."

Barry B. “ the difference between Rush Limbaugh and a single portapotty at a $2,000 per hotdog & beans Republican picnic attended by 5,000 people is that the portapotty is less full of shit.”

Rush Limbaugh: "If an economic recovery happens, the Democrats are S.O.L., politically. Now, what does that tell about you their politics and their economics?"

Barry B. “If the comment above makes any sense you need more help than I can offer.”

Rush Limbaugh: "Feminism is one of those issues which has established itself in the political correctness hall of fame. As such, it is not fashionable to take issue with or poke fun at the philosophy which underlies the movement. Those who have the courage to do so are quickly impugned as women-haters, bigots, chauvinists, sexists, and a host of other epithets. Name-calling becomes a substitute for meaningful debate of the issues."

Barry B. “I simply cannot help myself. Rush Limbaugh is a women-hater, bigot, chauvinist, sexist, and a host of other epithets.”

Rush Limbaugh: "Given the National Organization for Women’s membership and proclivities, it’s no wonder that people now view the NOW gang as being obsessed with only two issues: abortion rights and lesbian rights. I prefer to call the most obnoxious feminists what they really are: feminazis."

Barry B. " Rush is just a Nazi"

Rush Limbaugh: "Modern-day liberalism is like a disease or an addiction that literally has the power to destroy the character of the person who falls under its spell. Liberalism is seductive and insidious. It can take hold of you before you realize it. Do you know why? Because it doesn’t take any guts to become a liberal. All you have to do to be a good liberal is to say yes to everything except cutting spending and downsizing government."

Barry B. “Limbaughtomization is a disease and an addiction that literally destroys the character of the person that falls under its spell. Limbaughtomization is seductive and insidious. It can take hold of you before you realize it. Do you know why? Because it doesn’t take any brains to become limbaughtomized. All you have to do to be Limbaughtomized is to listen to Rush Limbaugh."

Michael Savage: "We're being taken over by the freaks, the cripples, the perverts and the mental defectives"

Barry B. “I couldn’t agree more – we have been taken over by Michael Savage, Ann Coulter, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Joe Scarborough, and Bill O’Reilly - the freaks, the cripples, the perverts and the mental defectives"

Michael Savage: "Are you a soddomite? You should get AIDS and die."

Barry B. “Are you a vituperative lying Republican pundit? You should be given a rifle and sent to Iraq”