Now We Know
June 17, 2009
Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America By John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev (Yale University Press, 637 pp., $35) If one were trying to define the lowest point in the long and venerable tradition of American anti-communism, surely it came in 2003, with the publication of Ann Coulter's Treason.
May 06, 2009
On the morning of June 7, 2008, Matt Drudge showed up at the National Building Museum in Washington, where Hillary Clinton was scheduled to give her concession speech. At the entrance, Drudge found his host, Tracy Sefl, a Clinton campaign staffer who, the day before, had offered to meet Drudge at the event. Throughout the campaign, Sefl had served as the Clintons' preferred back channel to communicate with the mercurial operator of the Drudge Report.
Wolff Enters Catfight
April 03, 2009
Will the fun never stop? Vanity Fair's Michael Wolff, possibly the bitchiest media big foot writing today, has upped the ante on the Meghan McCain-Laura Ingraham-Ann Coulter cage match with his latest column, "If You Blog, Is It Better to Be Blonde?" The section aimed directly at the heart of last generation's GOP pundettes: It’s her spat with Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter, those Bush-era Republican bombshells, that gave her this unexpected platform.
Every Cloud Has A Double Standard
December 19, 2008
John Cloud writes a lot of stories for Time, but the one I remember best was his defense of Ann Coulter for her use of the word "faggot." Cloud, who is gay, said that Coulter "was using the word 'faggot' with virtual quote marks around it" and he vouched for her personal tolerance: Coulter has at least one close gay friend, and when I was reporting my profile of her, she always remembered to ask about my partner at the time.
June 25, 2008
The New Yorker is hardly the optimal vehicle for reaching the conservative intelligentsia. But, last year, Barack Obama cooperated with a profile for that magazine where he seemed to be speaking directly to the right.
Schlafly's (dis)honorary Doctorate
May 15, 2008
If the university doesn't accede to the great many protests that have sprung up in response to the news (and it doesn't look as if they will), Phyllis Schlafly will earn an honorary doctorate from Washington University in Saint Louis tomorrow. Schlafly, of course, has been an immeasurable force for bad over her long life, her torpedoing of the Equal Rights Amendment being just her most famous act in a series of acts that have done great damage to the cause of gender equality.
Michael Lucas Channeling Ann Coulter?
March 25, 2008
Those who read my profile of the polemicizing porn star Michael Lucas might have mistaken some of his rhetoric (much talk of "Koran-crazed Muslims) for that of Ann Coulter. Queerty, a gay blog that has sparred with Lucas many times in the past, thinks that he's actually plagiarized her. Coulter is a smut-peddler in her own right, of a different sort than Lucas, of course, yet I hope these allegations aren't true. --James Kirchick
February 27, 2008
It is increasingly looking like end times in American politics. Ann Coulter--Ann Coulter!--has vowed to vote for Hillary Clinton over John McCain. And now many yellow-dog Democrats, who once worshipped at the Clinton temple, sound as if they have just consumed the complete collection of Wall Street Journal editorial page writings on Billary. These days, you will commonly hear Obama supporters, and even many undecided Democrats, describe the Clintons as mendacious, brutal, willing to bend (or break) any rule in pursuit of power. Not all of these criticisms are fair.
February 07, 2008
February 1: I email Barack Obama's Colorado campaign site, asking for information on which caucus I should attend. Although I write a syndicated column that often deals with presidential politics, I’ve never been to a caucus, or for that matter participated in a political campaign. And my lifetime financial contributions to politicians consist of writing a $50 check to John Kerry in the summer of 2004. But I’ve taken a liking to Obama, and have decided I should overcome my natural inertia and at least go to the caucus.
"ours Is More Like Federal Express"
October 11, 2007
An article calling out Ann Coulter's latest outrage -- on FoxNews.com: COULTER: Well, OK, take the Republican National Convention. People were happy. They're Christian. They're tolerant. They defend America, they -[CNBC HOST DONNY] DEUTSCH: Christian - so we should be Christian? It would be better if we were all Christian?COULTER: Yes.DEUTSCH: We should all be Christian?COULTER: Yes. Would you like to come to church with me, Donny? ...