Defending Ann Coulter, who has come under attack by Senators Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.) and Frank Lautenberg (D.-N.J.), seems to be an oxymoron. She is the last person who needs to be defended, given the fact that she is a lawyer who presumably can defend herself and possesses a positively frightening intellect and wit.
It happens, however, that along with several hundred thousand other people, I have actually read her new book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism. I herewith stipulate that I have read her previous books as well. Oddly, while I am constantly entertained by her columns, I am frequently put off by her appearances on television in which she comes off as someone who knows she is the smartest person in the room and makes no pretence about it. A little humility, please!
While promoting her book on television, Coulter made reference to a group of New Jersey women whose husbands were killed in the attack on the World Trade Center because, these “Jersey girls,” having received huge compensations for their loss, then went public blaming President Bush for having failed to anticipate and prevent the 9/11 attacks. The mainstream media made much of them while ignoring some very key factors that undermined their views. Coulter, of course, did not.
Following Coulter’s television appearance, on June 7 the two senators attacked her and her book. Lautenberg said, “Ms. Coulter’s shameless attack on the victims of the worst act of terrorism in American history engenders disgust.” Clinton suggested that “Perhaps her book should have been called ‘Heartless,’” and called Coulter’s comments “a vicious, mean-spirited attack on people whom I’ve known over the last four and a half years to be concerned deeply about the safely and security of our country.”
Noticeably missing from the press reports was any mention of what Coulter actually wrote. “The 9/11 Commission was a scam and a fraud, the sole purpose of which was to cover up the disasters of the Clinton administration and distract the nation’s leaders during wartime. Not only did the Jersey girls claim credit for this Clinton whitewash machine, they spent most of the hearings denouncing the Bush administration for not stopping the 9/11 attacks from the weak position handed it by the Clinton administration.”
The gist of what Kristen Breitweiser, Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg, and Patty Casazza claimed was that an August 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing should have alerted Bush to order immediate action to prevent 9/11. Coulter notes in her book that “all the information about bin Laden in the August PDB comes from the nineties. Not one fact in the PDB is more recent than 1999.” This inconvenient fact was rarely, if ever, mentioned by the media.
“Mostly the witches of East Brunswick wanted George Bush to apologize for not being Bill Clinton,” was Coulter’s take on the Jersey girls, but, “The rest of the nation was more interested in knowing why the FBI was prevented from being given intelligence about 9/11 terrorists here in the United States more than a year before the attack…” The answer is that Clinton’s deputy attorney general, Jamie Gorelick, “had specifically prohibited intelligence agents from telling law enforcement agents about suspected terrorists in the country.” And who did the Democrats put on the 9/11 Commission? Jamie Gorelick!
Adding to her criticism of the Jersey girls, Coulter wrote, “Needless to say, the Democrat ratpack gals endorsed John Kerry for president.” A whole lot of partisanship was going on! The June 8 Associated Press rendition of Lautenberg’s and Clinton’s comments contained no balancing statements of support for Coulter except to note at the very end, “Coulter’s new book was Amazon.com’s most popular selection last night.”
If, at this point, you want to read some vicious, mean-spirited quotes by Clinton, they and others have been gathered together in a new book, “I’ve Always Been a Yankees Fan: Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words” by Thomas D. Kuiper. In a foreword by Dick Morris, he writes, “Hillary thinks that nobody is keeping track and that her quotes will never catch up with her.”
Following her now classic statement that a “vast right-wing conspiracy” had been “conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president”, Hillary reportedly told her aides, “That’ll teach them to f*** with us.” History, of course, would reveal that President Clinton was guilty of having sex in the Oval Office, lying to a federal judge about it, was disbarred, and, in his final hours as president, engaged in an orgy of very questionable pardons. Et cetera!
In a speech to religious leaders in 1997, Hillary said, “I have to confess that it’s crossed my mind that you could not be a Republican and a Christian.”
The author of Godless: The Church of Liberalism does a very good job making her case and if some Jersey girls get a public spanking in the process, so be it.