Most of the critical comments I’ve read about Coulter’s book focus on
its counterproductiveness, and I agree with them. I will immodestly
enter Losing Ground as an example of a book that was effective in large
part because it granted the good intentions of the Left. Liberals could
read it, and did. That’s good. Writing books for the choir is, to my
way of thinking, a waste of time.
But, for heaven’s sake, expediency is not the main point. Incivility is
one the biggest pains in contemporary life. Who would you rather have
over for a drink and a chat? A civil liberal or a rude conservative?
It’s not a close call. Boors are boors, on either side of the political
P.S. It’s okay to say anything we want about Bill and Hillary.