Ann's Fact-Free Crockbook

Ann Coulter has figured out that as long as she sticks to politicians and political organizations she's free to say whatever she wants without worry from the courts. If she were sued for libel or slander it would only add credence to her vicious prevarications. She has a built-in readership, the political equivalent of the readers of tabloids found in grocery store checkout lines. They don't believe her either, they just wish what she says were true. It would make their hatreds understandable, perhaps even acceptable.

I've seen Ann Coulter on at least four talk shows and each time she was wearing the same inadequate black dress. It looks like the same dress she wears in the publicity shot for her latest book, Godless. I guess she thinks if she shows enough thigh and buttocks it will take the viewer's mind off her face. Also, she may hope we'll think Goddess instead of Godless when we see the book.

It occurs to me that she might be the modern equivalent of Little Orphan Annie who wore the same dress fifty or sixty years in a row. Except, of course, that Annie's dress was red.

If they chose Ann to play Dracula's wife it would only be type casting, which may explain why she seemed more relaxed on the Tonight Show than the early morning Today Show. No matter who does the interview, her face shows defensiveness and anger. I haven't seen her on Fox —I stopped watching Fox—but she's probably much more relaxed on that network. They, doubtless, consider her balanced there.

I'm not sure if her readership includes much of the religious right, but I suspect it does. The hatred I have witnessed in that group is astounding. They proudly bear the prophet's name who preached and practiced love and forgiveness, yet they end up being the worst, or among the worst, haters in our nation. (Just mention Bill Clinton.) The sad thing is they don't seem to see this as a contradiction. Ann Coulter, our most unhappy of women, continues to feed this hatred toward anything considered liberal.

The black dress may have been intended to be a burqa, one of those tent-like dresses worn by Muslim women. Her opinions seem quite suitable for one. Maybe the dressmaker did the best she could, but ran short of material. And, unlike Ann, she couldn't just make it up.