Readers respond to Joe Conason's review of "Treason" by Ann Coulter.

By Salon Staff
Published July 8, 2003 7:00PM (EDT)

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Ann "thrax" Coulter told a crowd at the University of Washington (Nov. 15, 2001) that she would not condemn abortion clinic bombers or those who murder doctors because they had tried to work within the system to change the laws on abortion and were frustrated by their failure. In her book "High Crimes and Misdemeanors," she called for the assassination of President Clinton. Last year, in an interview with George Gurley in the New York Observer, she said: "My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building." She told David Brock that she wanted to leave her law practice in New York because she didn't want to be around so many Jews, and her racist remarks about Arabs are everywhere.

I bring all this up to make three points:

1) To be called a disloyal American who supports terrorism by someone like Coulter is like being called a bad driver by Chante Mallard or a lousy parent by Susan Smith.

2) Ann Coulter is desperately trying to edge out Michael Wiener to lead the Buford Furrow wing of the Republican Party.

3) At some point during the 1990s, the skinhead movement opened its membership to female impersonators.

Why does the right promote characters Like Ann "thrax" and the Savage Wiener? Because so many left-center types won't fight back. Until they do, there'll be more of this kind of crap.

-- Lance Peppers

For all the misinformation that Coulter touts, it's amazing that a three-page article could be written on her. It's on par with writing about Limbaugh! This is a woman who is a fundamentalist right-winger at heart. It's quite interesting that she gains any popularity from a party so gung-ho about dismantling totalitarian regimes and fundamentalist institutions. Given a slightly broader viewpoint, Coulter is as raving a lunatic as the most ardent ayatollah! Her vehemence against the Democratic Party, and her single-minded ignorance of fact should immediately disqualify her from literary review. It's truly unfortunate that there is not some accountability, and censure, on writers that pointedly distort both history and fact.

-- Sundar Raman

Does Salon have a vested interest in promoting Ann Coulter's books? Every time she writes a diatribe, it gets reviewed in Salon, as though it warrants attention. It's kinda like reviewing the Globe or the Star to debunk their claims about pregnant men, and space aliens living among us. Don't you think she's one to be ignored?

-- Judy Ruebush

Ann Coulter's new book is most welcome. Response from her camp will reveal which conservatives possess intellectual integrity and which are ruthlessly hustling in an era of widespread American fascism.

But is Ann Coulter well? She may be unaware of what she's actually saying. After all, her argument ultimately suggests that, oh, 150 million Americans ought to be put in front of a firing squad.

Frankly, on TV her bizarre nattering reminds me of classic cokehead delusional grandiose speechifying. I'm rubbernecking here; I am keen to learn if she's in need of rehab or if she is indeed a pure, unadulterated crackpot.

-- David J. Swift

The liberal attack dogs have zeroed in on Ann Coulter. Guess she must be telling the truth again -- this time about Sen. Joseph McCarthy. The release of Soviet documents after the fall of the USSR proved the truth of McCarthy's assertions that Communists infiltrated Hollywood and the State Department.

We can see today the Marxist/leftist opinions of Hollywood and the TV news media. McCarthy was right.

We are at risk of becoming a socialist, then communist, state just like he feared.

Thank you, Ann Coulter, for daring to speak the truth of what the left has done and continues to try to do to our capitalist, free country.

-- Margaret McCarthy

Ann Coulter's dishonorable discharge from the National Review should have permanently marginalized her as a social commentator. Instead she reaches new highs in publicity, by sinking to new lows in sanity.

Columnists like Joe Conason are partly to blame for this. By cataloging Ann Coulter's pathology, he admits her into the ring of rational discourse. By fighting her, he suggests that she is worthy.

What Ann Coulter needs is isolation, not acknowledgment. If she wants to imagine that Joe McCarthy was a great man, let her do so within the confines of her padded cell.

-- Peter Duimstra

Thank you, Joe Conason. I've been desperate for a long time for someone to take down the shrieking harpy of the loony right in America.

As a foreigner I occasionally tuned in to Ms. Coulter to keep up with the more rabid aspects of U.S. conservative opinion. However, her ad hominem diatribes have become so sickening over recent months that I simply couldn't do it anymore.

It's become painfully clear that the poor soul has, as we say in this country, a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock.

-- John Hampshire

Ah, the tragedy of American higher education. Ms. Coulter, like Dubya, another specimen of affirmative action for the advantaged white, displays for all to see that the slot she filled in whichever such institution granted her a degree was wasted, simply wasted, when it could have gone to a mind open to the education made available. As the prez said to wide-eyed schoolchildren during his failed 2000 presidential campaign (salvaged for him by our own Supreme Court and made possible by Florida's manipulations of the election rolls expunging black voters), "Not bad for a C student, huh?"

-- Linda Russell

All evidence points to the fact that Ann Coulter, herself, is a communist: 1) She believes there should be only one political party in America, 2) there should be no debate on subjects such as the war with Iraq, 3) that large segments of the population (liberals) ought to be marginalized, penalized, silenced, banished.

Problem is, she knows her audience, and she feeds them what they want. To some people, reading an Ann Coulter book is the next best thing to thinking for themselves. Such people in previous incarnations made lampshades and soap out of their neighbors. Misery loves company, which explains Ann Coulter's place on bestseller lists.

-- Matt St. Amand

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