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Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter

For almost two decades, Ann Coulter has proven herself untrustworthy.[1] From betraying her own client[2] and scamming voters,[3] to using lies and employing elimination rhetoric,[4] Coulter has shown herself to be unscrupulous – all in the pursuit of self-promotion and self-glory.[5]

A new book – Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter – delves into the various ways in which Coulter promotes herself and her worldview, and it examines why so many people can come to believe her distortions and lies, even when confronted with a wealth of irrefutable evidence.


That Coulter retains any credibility at all – despite her pathological prevarication, her eager employment of elimination rhetoric, and her enmity to all who do not fit into her scheme of life – is perhaps the mystery of the ages. Propaganda endeavors to explain the seemingly inexplicable.

In a startling manner, Coulter audaciously adopted Orwell’s iconic 1984[6] as a blueprint for her own career. What totalitarian governments and dictators do on a national and international level, Coulter does on a somewhat smaller scale. Ever ideological, always self-promoting, Coulter uses the tactics and techniques, the verbiage and the principles, of 1984 to pursue her own agenda. Where that agenda collides with conservative principles or Christian values, those interests become subservient to her own.

If George Orwell is the Father of Big Brother, then he is the cherished uncle of Ann Coulter. Coulter certainly seems more at home with 1984 then she does with either the Bible or the Constitution.

Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter is structured in a simple fashion.

Chapter One compares and contrasts Coulter with Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl.

Chapter Two provides a humorous review of a fictitious Ann Coulter book, Delusional, in which all of the quotations contained therein are from Coulter, demonstrating the schizophrenia of Coulter’s own self-identity.

Chapter Three examines Coulter’s first distinctly Orwellian book, Slander, and its incorporation of many Orwellian propaganda techniques. It further looks at Coulter’s own addiction to addictive thinking and its implication in her work.

With Chapter Four, we see the pervasiveness of Orwellian thinking as it is exhibited in Coulter’s third book, Treason, which is steeped in the thought processes of 1984. This chapter explores the many and varied Orwellian techniques and constructs employed by Coulter in Treason.

Chapter Five looks at Coulter’s first compilation of essays, How to Talk to a Liberal (if you must), which is an instruction book – or, How To manual – for conservatives.

A series of case studies then fleshes out the reality of Coulter’s utilization of propaganda and its political and cultural impact.

An Epilog renders hope possible in the life and work of Coulter.

An Appendix critiques an (almost) perfect piece of propaganda by Coulter.

Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter is available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.


[1]       See Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, 2013, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.

[2]       See “Case Study #1: Oh, Paula (Jones)! Ann Coulter’s Betrayal,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[3]       See “Case Study #3: Coulter for Congress: Only Scoundrels Need Apply,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[4]       See “Appendix 1: Sampling of Coulter’s Elimination Rhetoric,” The Gospel According to Ann Coulter, 2012, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[5]       See Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[6]       The full text of Orwell’s 1984 is available at http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/0.html.

Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory

Ann Coulter – a “conservative icon” whose words and controversies make headlines around the world – glories in having the distinction of being “the most hated woman in America”[1] and, still, wielding considerable clout as a conservative diva.

From the beginning, Coulter has sought fame and fortune and, having acquired both, she still finds an emptiness within her soul which she cannot fill – no matter how hard she tries.

Coulter has discovered that fame is fickle and glory is glaringly fleeting. Only in the moment does it satisfy. Absent the spotlight, reality sets in. Despite all the accolades and all the trappings of power, emptiness blankets her heart and soul.

Moreover, hard as she tries to promote her own preferred image of herself, Coulter is confronted with the reality that the truth will always come out – people will come to see her as she really is. No amount of fame, fortune, power, or prestige can hide the person she truly is.


Here is a sampling from Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory:

Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory

Daniel J. Borchers

Published: December 31, 2012

194 pages



Image Obsessed

Two weeks after meeting Coulter in 1997, Ann sent me several multi-page emails urging me to aid her by writing letters-to-the-editor on her behalf to George magazine, TV Guide, and the New York Times. Ann was distraught over how she was portrayed in those publications, incensed over minor issues, and very concerned about her image. She wanted me to correct what she perceived as mischaracterizations of her in those publications.

As she told me, “it’s a good idea that someone besides Ann writes a letter because otherwise it’ll just appear self-serving.” Ann later thanked me for writing the letters, explaining that “a letter would be good to put my name in that magazine another week,” adding, “I was tempted to write a letter myself for this purpose, but thought it would be hard to do without sounding defensive and pathetic, no matter how short and sarcastic.”[2]

It was quickly impressed upon me that Ann was passionate about, even obsessed with, her image.[3] I would soon discover that Ann would scour the media for references to herself and would shoot off emails to counter anything of which she disapproved. That pattern still continues to some degree today with Coulter either directly defending herself or, more often, enlisting the aid of surrogates within her network of friends and colleagues to do so for her.


Object of Adoration

The structure of Vanity is simple. Chapter one lays the foundation – narcissism – as not just a human proclivity but as an overwhelming operating psychological principle in Coulter’s life. As documented elsewhere, the psychological formula which appears to have created the Ann Coulter so many love and so many hate is …

Beauty + Brains + Background → Narcissism.[4]

Chapter two shows how narcissism can lead to and become idol worship, with the narcissist becoming the object of idolatry for both the narcissist and her devotees. Chapters three through five address the psychological triplets of pride, prejudice, and power, all of which reinforce narcissism. Chapters six and seven examine the twins of fame and fortune, which similarly reinforce and intensify narcissistic patterns of thinking and behavior. Combined, these factors and forces all create a synergistic cycle which can seem unbreakable, as represented in the following formula:

Pride → Prejudice → Pursuit of Power → Fame → Fortune → Pride → …

Chapter eight gazes into the mirror of Ann Coulter’s soul by examining perhaps the most revelatory essays a person can write: her eulogies to family, friends, and colleagues. In many of those eulogies, Coulter is literally the center of attention.

Chapter nine delves into the nature of conscience and innocence; the former can put a brake on narcissism and its devastating consequences while the latter is a state to which narcissists can return with repentance and healing.

Afterwards, seven case studies in narcissism are provided. They reveal various ways in which Coulter has, through treachery and deceit, attempted to subvert the electoral process to achieve her desired electoral outcome, all the while elevating herself, her goals, and her desires for glory.

Those case studies, chronologically presented, include Coulter’s betrayal of her client (Paula Jones), her illegal possession of (and perhaps contamination of) evidence in a case involving President Clinton (the “Tripp tapes”), her attempt to run a “total sham campaign” for Congress to oust a sitting Republican, and her attempts to subvert the presidential election process in the 2000, 2008, and 2012 election cycles.

We conclude with three appendices. The first features Coulter impersonators, the second is an interview with Katherine Black, author of her own book about Coulter. My sermon, “The Success of the Godly,” in Appendix 3, completes this book.

Chapter 1

Rising Crème: Narcissism – A Primer

Ann Coulter epitomizes narcissism. She has been both favorably and unfavorably compared to Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga, and Madonna (not the Virgin). Coulter’s ascendancy to celebrity and her longevity as a sensationalist who nonetheless is somehow taken seriously attest to the demise of Western Civilization as we once knew it.[5]

Self-promotion is where it’s at these days. Self-promotion sells. At least the kind in which Coulter engages. Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media stated the obvious about Coulter’s then most recent controversy: “The political equivalent of Britney Spears shaving the hair off her head, Ann Coulter made headlines at Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) by calling Democrat John Edwards a faggot.” Kincaid then connected the incongruity of Coulter’s behavior, her attire, and her espoused Christian beliefs: “Wearing a leather dress and a Christian cross around her neck, Coulter must be a liberal infiltrator whose purpose is to give conservatism a bad name.”[6]

Deeply conflicted, with a remarkably dynamic internal ambivalence, Coulter believes herself to be the crème de-la crème (wanting “the cream to rise to the top”) while simultaneously questioning her own self-worth, especially when confronted by people who are brighter and more accomplished than her, or by situations which are beyond her ability to resolve.

Several formative stages emerged as Coulter strove to both prove herself and rise to the level of accomplishment to which she felt entitled. The first stage was bracketed by her graduate and post-graduate education and her legal experience as first an intern for a circuit court judge and then working briefly for two New York law firms. The second stage succeeded in bringing her dreams to fruition while the third stage heralds the dangers of getting what we seek.

In the Beauty of Conservatism,[7] I addressed the various traits of addictive thinking, which include denial, projection, and rationalization. It may seem counterintuitive, but those traits are all self-focused. In denial, the person obsessively looks away from self to another for the source of her problems, all the while seeing herself as the victim of those creating the problem. Using projection, the person projects one’s own patterns of thinking and feeling onto others. And using rationalization, the person rationalizes her own behavior to justify herself.

Chapter 2


Some fans call Coulter their idol, or wear clothes emblazoned with “Ann Coulter is my idol!” In response to a fan who gushed, “You’re my idol,” Coulter exclaimed, “God bless you! See, all the pretty girls are on my side.”[8] It would appear that Coulter is also an idol to herself.[9]

(One of Coulter’s continuing contradictions is claiming that only conservatives are attractive and liberals are not, yet admitting that liberal “air-head actresses” have beauty. Speaking to those actresses, Coulter said, “God gave you the gift of genetic beauty and nothing between your ears.”[10])

In her 2004 biographical documentary, Coulter bragged, “My hobby has become my life. I have the greatest life imaginable. I think I have a greater life than anyone in the universe. I sleep till noon. I work in my underwear. I’m my own boss. No one can fire me. The only people who can fire me are the American people.”[11]

Yes, that’s right, Coulter speaks for the American people! All of them? Peter T. King put it nicely, “Ann Coulter has become a legend in her own mind.”[12]

Narcissism is, at heart, self-worship.[13] Narcissists are enraptured with themselves.

According to Patrick X. Coyle of Young America’s Foundation, “Ann Coulter is a star among conservative students! Her books are best sellers. Her campus lectures are the most popular events on campus. Swooning fans wait hours to hear her speak.”[14]

Chapter 3

Pride – All is Vanity

In 1999, Coulter admired John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s admiration for her, and she said so in her eulogy for the fallen liberal icon (see Chapter 8). Not surprisingly, in addition to being full of acrimony, Coulter’s Kennedy eulogy praised Coulter. In one surprising interview, Coulter boasted:

“I really did admire and respect him a lot and … I think what he was doing was very important and that is taking a lot of the acrimony out of political dialogue. For example, by having me write for him and proposing article ideas. He was very enthusiastic about my articles, and I’m a Republican.”[15]

Yes, that’s right – the deceased heir of Camelot was worthy of admiration and respect because he hired Coulter! [The accompanying photo is of Coulter flirting with the married Kennedy just a few weeks before his death.]

In a 2004 interview,[16] Coulter was asked, “What are the top five books you’d recommend to become an informed voter?” Coulter’s humble reply listed the Bible first, followed by her own four books: “The Bible, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Slander, Treason, and How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must).” She ignored the secondary question, “And what can your new book contribute?”

Asked about her book titles in 2011, Coulter replied, “Zippy titles, aren’t they?”[17] Responding to a caller’s question in that interview, Coulter said, “You need to read my book, Godless, where this point is made more pithily, I think.”[18] Asked about the process of writing a book, Coulter joked, “It’s a lot more fun to read it over and over again if I’m using myself [with her trademark humor].”[19]

Marketing herself and her book, Coulter repeatedly insisted that Mugged is “IT’S SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it’s a blockbuster”[20] and “It’s soooo good!”[21] Indeed, she insisted it was a “smash book” even before its release. She even claimed her previous book, Demonic, was a “smash best-seller.”

Chapter 4


There’s a reason polemics come so easily for Coulter. She looks down on so many people. Coulter typically denigrates specific individuals (even if she does not know them). For instance, she burst out, “Hang on! Back down! Look, would you two hatchet women back off for five minutes! I can’t even finish a statement.”[22] Hatchet women?

Coulter’s ill-disguised contempt for specific individuals in particular is paralleled by similar views of humanity as a whole. According to Coulter, “humans are fascist by nature,” with an “instinct to fascism,”[23] and “humans are stupid.”[24]

Yes, it’s official! Coulter has hatred. Coulter said, “I’m glad that I didn’t do the interview yesterday. I didn’t want to be on radio yesterday because I couldn’t officially hate Todd Akin until the 5 p.m. deadline. Once he refused to resign — not even resign. He doesn’t hold the office — to withdraw as the candidate. Now I can officially hate him. … Now I officially hate him.”[25]

Chapter 5

Pursuit of Power

Coulter’s control of her own life and career exerts itself in numerous ways and is strikingly revealed in a 2004 documentary about her life: “My hobby has become my life. I have the greatest life imaginable. I think I have a greater life than anyone in the universe. I sleep till noon. I work in my underwear. I’m my own boss. No one can fire me. The only people who can fire me are the American people.”[26]

With her power and control, Coulter believes “I can say whatever I want to say.”[27] Coulter boasts, “I am the illegal alien of commentary. I will do the jokes that no one else will do.”[28] Coulter promises, “A word to those of you out there who have yet to be offended by something I have said: Please be patient. I am working as fast as I can.”[29]

Asked in 2003, whether interviewers try to provoke her into saying outrageous things just because of who she is, Coulter responded, “No. I do that on my own.”[30]

With a distinct air on invincibility, Coulter boasts, “The American people like me; editors don’t. I’ve arranged my life so that I am unfireable. I don’t have any bosses. The only people who can fire me are the American people.”[31] Coulter contends, “I have set up my life so that I cannot be fired, I cannot be edited.”[32] Yes, these are all things she has done. She has acquired total control to accomplish these things.

Unfazed by criticism, filled with pride, Coulter possesses neither humility nor humanity. Her response to her critics and victims: “Oh, screw them!”[33] Coulter continued, “I feel they’re being authoritarian bullying victims.” They’re the bullies!?

Chapter 6


An excessive desire for fame and glory can wreak havoc in a person’s life and psyche. It has certainly done so in Coulter’s life. As noted in the Introduction, I asked a colleague of Coulter’s about the “mass of contradictions” in Ann’s life. This colleague sees these contradictions linked to her desire for fame: “Part of it has to do with being a celebrity, but part of it has to do with being the kind of person who so wants to be a celebrity.”[34]

Coulter has been on her own quest for fame and glory, her own journey to the stars. Indeed, early in her career, Coulter claimed that stardom is something to be desired, sought, acquired, and she has purposely pursued it with vigor.

Dan Travers, a long-time friend of Coulter’s, observed, “She likes the attention and the fans. She thrives on the whole thing.”[35] To those who have seen Coulter in person at rallies and conferences, this is a self-evident truth.

A colleague and confidante of Coulter’s explained her transient career, hopping from one job to the next, this way: Coulter’s job-hopping was one of “ticket-punching” to “build a legal career” and become credentialed – “Justice Department, Capitol Hill, private-sector legal, public-sector legal, non-profit legal, media. She’s done it all. She’s an aim high kind of person. All of these appointments and jobs have been very prestigious opportunities.”[36] All in pursuit of glory.

According to former Newsweek editor and political correspondent Howard Fineman, “Ann Coulter is getting exactly what she wants, which is attention.”[37] From Fineman’s perspective, “Coulter often has intriguing and provocative things to say about the clash between liberalism and conservatism,” adding that “some of [her] personal comments were just over the line.” If anything, in subsequent years Coulter has redrawn the line, continually pushing the envelope, going further and further over the edge.

Chapter 7


Coulter was born in the then-richest county in America[38] to a blue-bloodline tracing back to the Puritans with a father who was a professional elite. Graduate of an Ivy League college (Cornell) and the elite University of Michigan Law School, Coulter was a frequent flyer crisscrossing America to attend concerts and enjoy ski weekends.[39]

In today’s parlance, Coulter is a One-Percenter. According to Forbes, “The average annual income of the top 1 percent of the population is $717,000, compared to the average income of the rest of the population, which is around $51,000. The real disparity between the classes isn’t in income, however, but in net value: The 1 percent are worth about $8.4 million, or 70 times the worth of the lower classes.”[40] According to some sources, Coulter’s net worth is approximately $8.5 million.[41]

By most culturally-recognized standards, Coulter is successful: she has fame, power, and wealth. She is wont to say that you can never be too thin or too rich. A multi-millionaire herself, Coulter’s closest friends are also multi-millionaires, with several billionaires thrown in for good measure.

Apparently money can buy you happiness. Coulter insists, “Yes, life is better if you have money than if you don’t have money, and the more money you have the better off you are.”[42] And, as for prioritization in one’s life, “Your money is private – that is more private than anything else.”[43] If wealth is your primary or sole criteria for the “good life” then doesn’t the acquisition of wealth become your primary goal, often at the expense of character development?

The love of money, fame – and the accompanying prestige and power – is central to the real Ann Coulter.

Numerous profiles note Coulter’s aristocratic origins and current lavish lifestyle. Consider this paragraph from a profile of Coulter in the Westchester WAG:[44]

“During the summer, she frequents ‘The Hamptons – I have lots of friends with places there – and Connecticut, where I visit with family.’ For winter getaways, Coulter can be found on the slopes. ‘Skiing is my biggest extravagance. I usually go to Aspen or Vail over New Year’s.’”

Chapter 8

The Lost Art of the Eulogy: It’s ALL About ME!

During the span of about a decade, Coulter has written a number of eulogies – for her family, friends, colleagues, and heroes. Those eulogies contain certain patterns. Naturally, being of a personal nature, personal aspects of the eulogizer inevitably emerge. What is striking about the eulogies which Coulter has written is just how out-of-the-norm they are.

Coulter often seems to be unrestrained in the expression of her thoughts and emotions. In her eulogies, she reveals a darkness within which gives one pause concerning her sanity and her humanity.

Before taking a look at those eulogies – primarily paeans to people she knew and loved – it behooves us to see how she treats those who have recently passed away.

You may recall that Coulter was briefly fired from MSNBC in early 1997 for calling the then recently-deceased Pamela Harriman, U.S. Ambassador to France, a whore (or, in Coulter’s more delicate nomenclature, a “round heel”). A few years later, Coulter was far more explicit: “Women like Pamela Harriman and Patricia Duff are basically Anna Nicole Smith from the waist down. Let’s just call it for what it is. They’re whores.”[45]

Also in 1997, Coulter repeatedly lambasted the just-deceased Princess Diana as an unfit mother and whore. Again, using her own unique verbiage, “I still think [Princess Diana was] a round heel.”[46] One week later, Coulter embellished her remarks: “Her children knew she’s sleeping with all these men. That just seems to me, it’s the definition of ‘not a good mother.’ … Is everyone just saying here that it’s okay to ostentatiously have premarital sex in front of your children?” After a caller asked Coulter to cite her own accomplishments, an enraged Coulter erupted: “[Diana was] an ordinary, and pathetic, and confessional. I’ve never had bulimia! I’ve never had an affair! I’ve never had a divorce! So I don’t think she’s better than I am.”[47]

Fast-forwarding to 2006, in Godless, Coulter viciously attacked the liberal survivors of 9/11 victims, writing:

“These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. These self-obsessed women seemed genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them. … I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much … the Democrat ratpack gals endorsed John Kerry for president … cutting campaign commercials… how do we know their husbands weren’t planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they’d better hurry up and appear in Playboy.”[48]

As backdrop for an utterly astounding essay on the movie theatre massacre, consider Coulter’s words just two weeks after 9/11:

“I really am sick of [the candle lighting]. I think the candle lighting is bad. It’s womanly. It’s hugging. It’s mourning. Mourning is the opposite of anger, and we’re supposed to be angry right now. A flag, that’s like a manly thing. … It’s the candle lighting. … I like the flag, and I don’t like the candles.”[49]

Now consider her words in the wake of a tragedy which stunned the nation. Coulter began her essay[50] – to date, her only written words on the massacre – by diminishing the need for the victims to mourn: “I feel awful about what happened in Colorado, but can we stop the hugging and the teddy bears?” Grief? Forget it. Remember, Coulter brags that her family culture isn’t into “emotional welfare.”

Coulter’s very next words attempted to present a bigger picture perspective in order to deflect the reader from the pathos of the event: “Just as society can become inured to violence, it can also become inured to sentiment.” But do we want society – and the individuals which comprise it – to “become inured” to the very sentiments which Coulter decries? Published just six days after the mayhem, Coulter would have the victims just, what, get on with life?

Clarifying exactly what she means by “sentiment,” Coulter continued, “There is nothing so hackneyed in the world of photojournalism as pictures of the hugging and the shrines with candles and teddy bears after a tragedy, with a piano softly trilling in the background.” Of what is Coulter afraid? Compassion? Oh, I almost forgot, Coulter claims that “being nice to people” isn’t part of the gospel of Christ, and we can surely sense that “being nice” is foreign to Coulter’s lexicon.[51]

With her virgin foray into published eulogizing, Coulter commemorated the tragic death of one of her employers, John F. Kennedy, Jr., for his praise of her, and repaid his kindness to her by attacking his grieving family. Immediately in the wake of 9/11, Coulter eulogized her fallen friend, Barbara Olson, by using Olson to praise herself, using the Olson marriage to attack the Clintons, and seeking to incite a Christian crusade.

Coulter’s eulogy for Ronald Reagan was utterly unworthy of the hero whom she worshipped, quite contrary to his gracious and magnanimous spirit, and vituperative toward his loved ones. Her self-serving eulogies for Jerry Falwell and William F. Buckley, Jr. lacked the poignancy of personal anecdotes and exploited both their character and their careers to buttress her own.

Her eulogy to her father, John Vincent Coulter, provided a bright spot among her eulogies, containing touching memories in an engaging fashion, yet, somehow exploited her father’s legacy in order to defend her own views of the Cold War and the McCarthy Era. Described as “creepy” by some critics, she used a tribute in honor of her father to do what she instinctively does: demonize liberals.

In eulogizing her courageous liberal friend, Ron Silver, Coulter again regaled readers with many interesting and poignant personal anecdotes, doing well in showing the character and temperament of her friend, yet using him as a cudgel to bludgeon those she hates (and those toward whom Silver held no animosity).[52]

Her eulogy to her mother, Nell Husbands Martin Coulter, was a praiseworthy paean to someone obviously deeply cherished and deeply missed and it provides a model for anyone wanting to give homage to a loved one. One could hope that the emotional maturity exhibited in Mother’s eulogy would be indicative of larger, more substantive spiritual and emotional growth in Ann Coulter’s life. One could hope.

Fully three and a half years after her eulogy to Mother, Coulter was elated over the death of retired Sen. Arlen Specter (PA), who died of cancer at the age of 82. Her first unseemly tweet appeared within hours of his death: “Arlen Specter has just switched to the Dead Party” (10/14/12). Doubling down, Coulter tweeted, “Arlen Specter’s diagnosis – breathing ‘not proven,’” (10/15/12) and “Arlen Specter Accused of Flip-Flopping on the ‘Alive or Dead?’ issue” (10/17/12).

Coulter loathed Specter for years for political reasons, but for her the political is personal. Moreover, Coulter hated him not because he was evil but because he was worse than evil – he was a moderate, a potential threat and political impediment to her utopian dream. Coulter’s tweets reveal an unrepentant and unforgiving heart.

Chapter 16

Conscience and Innocence

Ann Coulter is defective – as is every single human being. But Coulter is not like most people. Idols and goddesses cannot admit to being human. In trying to be – or pretending to be – perfect (without actually changing her behavior), Coulter has become a hypocrite while searing her conscience which recognizes the faults that she cannot confess even to herself.

To hide herself from herself, Coulter employs multiple layers of addictive thinking: denial that she has faults, projection of her negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors unto others, and rationalization of her irrational and immoral beliefs and behaviors.

Unwilling to admit her faults and failures, ignoring and searing her stricken conscience, Coulter cannot bring her brokenness – and every human being has some brokenness – to God for healing and restoration.[53]

Needing to be – or at least appear – perfect, because of her ethos of performance-based love,[54] Coulter not only cannot admit wrong, she exhibits a judgmental attitude toward others, truly seeming “to despise weakness of any kind.”

Coulter’s pride is magnified as she turns a blind eye to her own faults and judges others for theirs. Her prejudice is heightened as others fail to meet her standards. She pursues power, in part, to control her self-image and how others view her. Fame and fortune add positive reinforcement of her self-identity. All of these facets of her life serve to enslave her to herself.

My original working title for this book was Ego: Looking into the Mirror of Ann Coulter’s Soul, but I soon realized that the subject matter was much deeper and broader than suggested by that title. Certainly ego is a huge part of the book, but only part. The futility of ego is important to grasp. Coulter’s is a fraudulent life based upon lies and deception. For all that she has accomplished, what has she really achieved? In gaining the world, what remains of her soul?

When Coulter looks into the mirror, who or what does she see?

Former colleague Eric Alterman once asserted that Coulter is a “true believer.”[55] Yet Coulter has consistently proven that she is not a true believer. Coulter has demonstrated that she has absolutely no faith in the principles she espouses.

Rather, what Coulter believes in is what serves her interests best. Self-centered, Coulter parades pride as she pursues fame and glory. Ever concerned with her reputation – engaging in spin to turn events and controversies to her advantage – Coulter seems to be creating a specific self-identity, one she feels comfortable with, so that she can feel at home in her own skin. What masks does Coulter wear to hide from others and from herself?

Case Studies

  1. Oh, Paula (Jones)! Ann Coulter’s Betrayal.

In the summer leading up to Clinton’s impeachment, Coulter boasted of doing pro-bono work for her law firm: “Pro-bono work is all I do these days. My law firm is a non-profit law firm.”[56] According to a spokesman at the Center for Individual Rights, Coulter provided no pro-bono work for them.[57] Long after Clinton’s impeachment took place, Coulter again boasted of her pro-bono work for Paula Jones. That year, she also boasted of her betrayal of Jones and took credit for getting Bill Clinton impeached.

  1. (Linda) TRIPPed Up – Tripp Tapes Compromised

One of Coulter’s “greatest moments” had national implications and international repercussions. In the early morning hours of January 16, 1998, Coulter illegally listened to illegally-recorded audiotapes of conversations between Linda Tripp and her friend, Monica Lewinsky, who was President Clinton’s lover. Those tapes would prove crucial to impeaching Clinton. To this day, it remains unknown whether Coulter tampered with those tapes prior to them being turned over to the OIC.

  1. Coulter for Congress: Only Scoundrels Need Apply

Seeking to unseat her Republican Congressman from Connecticut, Chris Shays, Coulter attempted to run for Congress herself. The Republicans and Libertarians rejected her efforts to run a “total sham” campaign. In retribution, Coulter attacked the Libertarians for being true to their principles.

  1. In the Name of Elián (González)

The future of Cuban refugee Elián González, a five-year-old boy, garnered international attention, became a campaign issue, and may have impacted Florida’s electoral outcome. Coulter made the custody battle all about fighting the Cold War over again, and lied about constitutional law to serve her agenda. She further boasted of her eagerness to break the law, thereby potentially endangering the child and his family.

  1. Raising Cain for McCain and Fascist Christians (2000 Election)

Promoting George W. Bush for president – even before knowing his platform – Coulter besmirched the reputations of John McCain, Gary Bauer, and anyone else endangering a Bush candidacy.

  1. Let’s Get Drunk and Vote for McCain (2008 Election)

After trying to destroy John McCain, once he was nominated, Coulter boasted of helping McCain improve in the polls.

  1. Mitt Romney – Ideal Candidate (2012 Election)

Coulter boasted of being able to prevent another electoral defeat by Republicans and attacked true believers (pro-lifers) for their integrity.


[1]           Headline on the cover of the National Enquirer, 6/26/06.

[2]       Even then, in 1997, Coulter valued sarcasm as a primary means of conveying her thoughts (and emotions).

[3]       See Chapter 4 (“… Brains …”) and Appendix 2 (“The Wisdom of Godliness”), in my free PDF book, The Beauty of Conservatism: The Seduction of Ann Coulter and the Cuckolding of Conscience, at www.CoulterWatch.com/beauty.pdf.

[4]       There are certainly many people who are attractive, articulate, intelligent, and have a distinguished background but who are not elf-absorbed and do not seek self-glory. However, the factors identified in my first two books have certainly significantly impacted Coulter emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.

[5]       As Coulter can attest, I am using a literary device known as hyperbole.

[6]       Cliff Kincaid, “Ann Coulter: The Britney Spears of the Right,” The National Ledger, 3/4/07, http://www.nationalledger.com/politics-crime/ann-coulter-the-britney-spear-476040.shtml#.UAQgM_XAGq0.

[7]       In particular, see Chapter 5 (“… and Ball!”) in my free PDF book, The Beauty of Conservatism: The Seduction of Ann Coulter and the Cuckolding of Conscience, available at www.CoulterWatch.com/beauty.pdf.

[8]       Ann Coulter, quoted in Patrick Wright’s 2004 documentary, Is It True What They Say About Ann? A more correct response would have been to express gratitude for the compliment but observe that no human being qualifies for that honor. The only One who can be idolized or worshipped is God.

[9]       Coulter fans who object to my characterization of Coulter in this way will have to reconcile their views with Coulter’s. In her 2002 book, Slander, Coulter asserted that all liberals are godless and have turned themselves into gods, and in her 2006 book, Godless, Coulter again claimed that all liberals are godless and that they have created an elaborate idolatrous religious system. In contrast, my thesis is that some (not all) on the Right regard Coulter as a goddess (they even say they do!) and that she herself (an individual, not a collective) talks and behaves as if she is a goddess.

[10]     Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 10/15/12. One should note Coulter’s continuing claims of liberal stupidity – “nothing between your ears” – as a major criterion of self-worth. She obviously considers herself of worth. Perhaps most significantly, Coulter is concerned only with the head, not the heart.

[11]     Ann Coulter, quoted in Patrick Wright’s 2004 documentary, Is It True What They Say About Ann?

[12]     Peter T. King, quoted in Susan Estrich, Soulless: Ann Coulter and the Right-Wing Church of Hate, William Morrow, 2006, pg. 71.

[13]     See Dr. Sam Vaknin, Malignant Self-Love: Narcissism Revisited, Narcissus Publications, 1991, 2001, 2003 and Drew Pinsky, The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America, HarperCollins, 2009.

[14]     Patrick X. Coyle, “Ann Coulter and the Young America’s Foundation: Partners in Changing Campuses,” Libertas, Winter 2005, pg. 16, http://www.yaf.org/uploadedFiles/Webpages/Alumni/Coulter%20Profile.pdf?n=2364.

[15]     Ann Coulter, Rivera Live, CNBC, 7/23/99.

[16]     “Election 2004: The Ann Coulter Interview,” Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/feature/-/537452/104-5654028-2056747.

[17]     Ann Coulter, In Depth, C-Span, 8/7/11.

[18]     Ibid.

[19]     Ibid.

[20]     Katie Pavlich, “Ann Coulter Takes on Obama’s Racial Demagoguery in Mugged,” Townhall, 7/10/12, http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/07/10/exclusive_ann_coulter_takes_on_obamas_racial_demagoguery_in_mugged.

[21]     Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 8/2/12.

[22]     Ann Coulter, Rivera Live, CNBC, 2/4/99.

[23]     Ann Coulter, “Air Travel Made Unpleasant By Overbearing Personnel,” 8/4/99.

[24]     Ann Coulter, Political Malpractice,” 10/6/99

[25]     Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity Radio Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 8/22/12.

[26]     Ann Coulter, quoted in Patrick Wright’s 2004 documentary, Is It True What They Say About Ann?

[27]     “Interview with Ann Coulter,” JD Jungle, http://www.lawcrossing.com/article/1172/Interview-with-Ann-Coulter/#.

[28]     Ann Coulter, If Democrats had Any Brains, They’d be Republicans, Crown Forum, 2008.

[29]     Ann Coulter, “Be patient, I am working as fast as I can to offend,” 6/22/06.

[30]     Lev Grossman, “10 Questions for Ann Coulter,” Time, 7/14/03.

[31]     George Gurley, “Coultergeist,” New York Observer, 8/25/02, http://www.observer.com/node/37827.

[32]     Ann Coulter, In Depth, C-Span, 8/7/11.

[33]     Ann Coulter, Alan Colmes Radio Show, Fox News Talk Radio, 10/26/12.

[34]     Author interview.

[35]     Ann Coulter, quoted by Howard Kurtz, “The Blonde Flinging Bombshells at Clinton,” Washington Post, 10/16/98.

[36]     Author interview.

[37]     Howard Fineman, quoted in Susan Estrich, Soulless: Ann Coulter and the Right-Wing Church of Hate, William Morrow, 2006, pg. 71.

[38]     http://www.ncnnews.com/bcinfo.htm.

[39]     Howard Kurtz, “The Blonde Flinging Bombshells at Clinton,” Washington Post, 10/16/98.

[40]     Alan Dunn, “Average America vs. One Percent,” Forbes, 3/21/12, http://www.forbes.com/sites/moneywisewomen/2012/03/21/average-america-vs-the-one-percent/.

[41]     See http://www.getnetworth.com/ann-coulter-net-worth/, accessed 12/3/12.

[42]     Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 2/1/97. Ironically, (for a fervent free marketer) this is paradoxically a capitalist form of Marxism, a variant of “economic determinism” which equates wealth with success, happiness or any other goal you care to plug into the equation. Wealth cannot buy happiness, nor is it a building block of character.

[43]     Ann Coulter, Rivera Live, CNBC, 4/10/98.

[44]     Emily Freund, “Ann Coulter: She May Be Right …” Westchester WAG, October 2002.

[45]     Ann Coulter, Salon, 11/16/00.

[46]     Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 9/12/97.

[47]     Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 9/19/97.

[48]     For an analysis of Coulter’s diatribe, see “Chapter 6: I Am Victim, Hear Me Whine,” in my free PDF book, The Beauty of Conservatism, which is available for download at www.CoulterWatch.com/beauty.pdf.

[49]     Ann Coulter, Politically Incorrect, ABC, 9/25/01.

[50]     Ann Coulter, “Obscurity: No Crueler Punishment!” 7/25/12.

[51]     Evangelist and missionary Franklin Graham provides an example of how all of this silly candle-lighting stuff (with balloons, too) in official and unofficial memorial services following the tragic Columbine massacre provided comfort and healing for the grieving and an opportunity to proclaim the One who is sovereign on His throne in heaven. See Chapter Two of Franklin Graham, The Name, Thomas Nelson, 2004.

[52]     Ironically, Silver, a non-Christian who actually attended church with Coulter, exhibited greater Christian charity and forgiveness than Coulter, an avowed evangelical Christian.

[53]     Looking at some of the very flawed ancestors of Jesus listed in Matthew chapter 1, Christian author Beth Moore asks a relevant question: “How do you respond to the fact that the only perfect person in Christ’s genealogy is Christ Himself?” Speaking for herself, she answers, “To me, Christ’s flawed family history serves as a continual reminder of the grace of God in my life.” (See Beth Moore, A Heart Like Him: Intimate Reflections on the Life of David, B&H Publishing Group, 1999, 2003, 2012, pg. 10.)

[54]     Ann, God’s perfect love perfectly loves even those who are imperfect, like you and me.

[55]     Annys Shin, “Blond Ambition on the Right,” National Journal, 5/31/97, pg. 1088.

[56]     Ann Coulter, Washington Journal, C-Span, 6/8/98.

[57]     Author interview.