Ann Coulter Is Their Problem
by Nancy Scola, Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 05:47:03 PM EST
It makes a whole lot of sense that Mitt Romney would sing the praises of Ann Coulter. Romney is clearly wants to prove he's credible to a certain strain of conservativism in which Coulter is something of a rock star. She's the entertainment at CPAC -- an event that a conservative DC media guy would call the 'Republicans YearlyKos' -- for a reason. There may be an effort in some circles to paint Coulter as some sort of outlier, but in actual fact she's a node on a network that forms the backbone of American conservativism. I just whipped this up, but consider how at all starts to fit together.
Coulter's first book, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, was published by Regnery, a D.C. based conservative publishing house. Top Regnery authors include Michelle Malkin, former RNC chair Haley Barbour, and Newt Gingrich. Eagle Publishing is Regnery's parent company. Eagle also owns Human Events, a conservative newspaper that's been kicking around in 1944. It was reportedly Ronald Reagan's favorite read. Of Human Events top selling points is that it's "the periodical in which the peerless Ann Coulter, author of the smash bestseller, Godless, drives multicultural defeatists up the wall." As of two months ago, Eagle also now owns RedState, a website created in in sort of the reverse image of Daily Kos. Eagle Publishing and its various properties share other talent. Erick Erickson, for example, is both the CEO of RedState and a featured writer for Human Events. Ben Domenech helped to run RedState and was also an editor at Regnery.
Then there's Coulter's weekly column, which runs on Townhall.com. Townhall.com was launched by the Heritage Foundation, which is, of course, conservatism's most prominent and respected think tank. So on and so forth. This is tip of the iceberg stuff, as anyone who has studied the conservative web knows.
Ann Coulter may well now be a rogue elephant -- you know, the ones who are shunned for their anti-social behavior and eventually lose their minds? But she comes, no doubt, from this conservative herd.