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Guilty … of Being Right: An Interview with Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter needs no introduction as she is probably the most famous conservative in America. Yet here at Pajamas Media we believe in being thorough, so one will be provided anyway.

Ms. Coulter started out her career as a lawyer, graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review. Ms. Coulter practiced law in New York City and then worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee. She also was a litigator for the Washington, D.C., Center for Individual Rights.

After that she became absolutely fabulous — or at least absolutely notorious. In this year of America’s would-be messiah, Barack Obama, Ms. Coulter is the bête noir of the mainstream media. Our biased press overseers despise many individuals but none more so than the enduring and menacing Ms. Coulter.

As a writer, her work is a skillful war upon the lies and pathologies of the political left. Her technique is to use emotion, humor, and reason as a means to undo the conventional wisdom that is political correctness, a “wisdom” that has so disgracefully blackened our times. She stands as a bulwark against cultural Marxism and sets a magnificent example for other conservatives to follow.

As she suggests to me below, she’s penned a multitude of best sellers. Indeed, at the time this introduction was written, her latest book, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, is number two on the New York Times Best Seller List (even though they conspicuously decided not to review it).

Previously, she published If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right, and High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton. Ms. Coulter also maintains a website of her own in which her weekly columns for the Universal Press Syndicate can be found.

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BC: Ms. Coulter, congratulations on the release of Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America. Personally, I thought it was your best work since Treason. Just in case there’s anyone who has not heard of the book, what is its overall theme?

Ann Coulter: Liberals play victim in order to advance, oppress, and create real victims. In other words, they are like the fireman who goes around setting fires.

BC: It seems that the left hates you more than any other conservative figure.

Ann Coulter: Thank you.

BC: You’re welcome, but this is an incredible accomplishment in my view. You can always tell a person’s worth by the vileness of their enemies. What’s your opinion as to why they deride you so?

Ann Coulter: Because they’re spineless little girls in pretty dresses who can’t play rough because it musses up their hair. The women are even worse.

BC: I watched your interviews on the The Today Show, The Early Show, and The View. What I found most glaring was the complete dishonesty on the part of the interviewer-hosts. They pretend to be average persons when they are, in fact, leftists. This seems a ubiquitous practice among our opponents. Overall, how much of their electoral success depends on deception?

Ann Coulter: It’s amazing that Republicans ever win any elections with the most powerful institution in America — the mainstream media — trying to turn all conservatives into this week’s Emmanuel Goldstein, while treating the most ghastly liberals as if they are sparkling Adonises. (See my chapter, “Brave, Beautiful Liberals.”) There wouldn’t be a Democratic Party without the mainstream media propping it up.

BC: The funniest thing about your appearances in the media is the fashion by which they attempt to keep you from speaking. Frankly, are not such attempts an admission of weakness on their part?

Ann Coulter: Yes.

BC: And do you think that conservatives would be transcendent if our voices were equally heard?

Ann Coulter: Yes.

BC: I must say that I am filled with admiration for the way you sat before those inquisitors/twits on The View and remained dignified throughout. Apart from publicly displaying your bravery, what’s the payoff from appearing alongside those demented harpies?

Ann Coulter: Being around that bunch makes me feel younger and more attractive! It’s like going to a spa.

BC: Do you have any untelevised comments from that appearance you wish to share? Perhaps something along the lines of their lambasting you during a commercial break?

Ann Coulter: Actually I think the show speaks very well for itself. That’s why the video is linked on my webpage, www.anncoulter.com. Only liberals try to recast their public TV appearances later, in fictional versions where they look good and the conservative looks bad. See, e.g., the movie Frost/Nixon — and I don’t mean actually go see the movie; just consider the utter insanity of developing a fictional version of what was a live TV interview. Rewriting history is bad enough, but now they’re rewriting television interviews. Next, I expect Alan Colmes to release a movie Hannity & Colmes in which the actor playing Colmes suddenly wins all the arguments.

BC: One of the most absurd criticisms about you is that you’re an airhead. This is obviously bogus, yet how successful has the left been in tarnishing your reputation?

Ann Coulter: I think you’re entering conservative paranoia territory. Liberals don’t call me stupid; they call me mean. They have not been very successful at all in regards to my reputation. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I’m a massively successful bestselling author, including my current book, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, available at fine bookstores everywhere.

BC: I’ve heard and you’re quite right. I own all of your books and I’d recommend them to family members but all of mine are leftist pseudo-liberals. What would you say is the secret to successfully fighting the political left?

Ann Coulter: Use facts and logic. They have the same effects as garlic and crosses on vampires!

BC: Granted, but doesn’t your example illustrate that one should never apologize to them for anything?

Ann Coulter: Yes, but even better is to never do anything one might be required to apologize for, which is my policy.

BC: Okay, because it does seem like the moment “I’m sorry” is uttered, all the conformist jackals sweep in and consume you.

Ann Coulter: Correct. As in dealing with feral animals, you should never let liberals detect fear. This shouldn’t be that difficult inasmuch as liberals are spineless little girls in pretty dresses who can’t play rough because it musses up their hair.

BC: In chapter 5 of Guilty, “They Got the Sex, We Got the Scandal,” you outline the cowardly way in which the Republican Party abandoned Jack Ryan in his 2004 Senate bid against Barack Obama. What is it about Republicans that makes them so pusillanimous in regards to defending their beliefs?

Ann Coulter: They’re terrified of the media attack machine which pretends it doesn’t exist while wailing about the threat from the nonexistent “Republican attack machine.”

BC: Why do individuals on the right give a darn as to what a corrupt mainstream media has to say about them?

Ann Coulter: They don’t want to go through what Sarah Palin, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Dick Cheney, Dan Quayle, Judge Robert Bork, Justice Clarence Thomas, Sen. Jesse Helms, Sen. Joe McCarthy, Rep. Tom DeLay, Rep. Newt Gingrich, Sen. Dan Quayle, George Allen, Rush Limbaugh, the Duke lacrosse players, Steven Pagones (accused of rape by Tawana Brawley), Elian Gonzalez, the Branch Davidians, Phyllis Schlafly, and on and on and on went through.

BC: You’re possibly the most famous conservative in America. What do you see your role as being within the greater conservative movement?

Ann Coulter: Preparing the troops for battle!

BC: I’ve made this point several times, but your efforts provide all of us with more liberty. How much of your career is a response to the war on free expression?

Ann Coulter: Three percent.

BC: Okay. What contemporaries and writers do you hold in the highest esteem? I trust that the incomparable Mark Steyn is somewhere on your list.

Ann Coulter: Yes, we’ve got loads of fantastic writers doing terrific work — and curiously they are never the conservatives chosen by the mainstream media to represent the conservative viewpoint. A very partial list includes: Steyn, Peter Schweizer, Star Parker, Thomas Sowell, David Limbaugh (his book Persecution ought to be on every conservative’s bookshelf), Jeff Jacoby, Chris Horner, Steve Emerson, Andrew McCarthy, Heather Mac Donald, Phyllis Schlafly, James Taranto, Walter Williams, Michael Medved, Lisa DePasquale, Byron York, Rob Long, and Andrew Ferguson.

There are dozens and dozens more. I did that in ten seconds off the top of my head — which reminds me: How did David Brooks and Elizabeth Hasselbeck become the mainstream media-designated “conservative spokesmen”? Oh wait, I remember now …

BC: At this dark moment in 2009, can the Republican Party recover from its recent debacles?

Ann Coulter: Power to the people!

BC: Slander, Treason, and now Guilty are blockbuster conservative bestsellers — and rightly so in my biased opinion —

Ann Coulter: Don’t forget Godless, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), High Crimes and Misdemeanors, and If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans.

BC: I won’t, but do you think that the publishing houses learned anything from the success of those books?

Ann Coulter: WHY YES THEY HAVE! After Slander, a number of New York publishing houses started conservative imprints and books that probably never would have been published were released to great success, including M. Stanton Evans’ magnificent, Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies. Another conservative classic.

BC: But do they continue to discriminate against right-leaning authors today?

Ann Coulter: Some publishing houses do, but they’re going out of business. Recessions are good for people selling things consumers actually want.

BC: Thanks so much for your time, Ms. Coulter.