CONDE NAST: Coulter’s latest book, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, is something of a misfire by Coulterian standards. Of course, what constitutes a disappointment for Coulter would be a mega-hit for most authors; in its two months on sale, Guilty has sold 100,500 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan (a number that only reflects around 70 percent of actual sales).
But with it moving steadily down the best-seller list, it looks certain that Guilty will fall far short of matching her earlier results. Her 2006 polemic, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, sold 279,100 copies in hardcover, according to BookScan; Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terror, published in 2003, sold 396,600 hardcover copies, and 2002’s Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right, sold 333,100 copies, plus another 108,300 in paperback. MORE
NEW YORK TIMES: Tucked into an angular lounge chair in an Art Deco suite above Radio City Music Hall on Monday evening, Ann Coulter, the conservative author, was awaiting her would-be adversary, the liberal comedian Bill Maher. She and Mr. Maher had agreed to face off in a series of debates over the next three nights, and Ms. Coulter was concerned that their material might go stale from repeated performances. “Bill wants me to behave like a wife who laughs each time she hears her husband tell the same story,” Ms. Coulter said. “I told him I’m not an actress, or I’d have a bigger apartment.”
Mr. Maher, who said he still regarded Ms. Coulter as “a witty, fun drinking companion,” hoped to use the debate to challenge her views. Ms. Coulter said she agreed to participate because, she wrote, “I’m getting a private car.” Though their exchanges were often heated — provoking cheers, boos, heckling and counterheckling from audience members — the combatants could be jocular. Skeptical of Ms. Coulter’s claim that many scientists do not believe in evolution, Mr. Maher told her, “You’re just being a dunk-tank clown, looking to sell more baseballs.” And when Mr. Halperin asked Ms. Coulter to comment on the recent war of words between Rush Limbaugh and the Obama administration, she lamented, “I have a book out now — why couldn’t they have attacked me?” MORE
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Early on in the night, Halperin took a little poll. It wasn’t even close. Sure, a couple of Coulter look-alikes, with shorter legs, were prowling the lobby. But aside from a few ringers here and there, few had come to see to see the blond political assassin.
Which had the remarkable effect of actually creating sympathy for Coulter, who seemed brave, far more informed, reasonable and wonkish than the image she cultivates and, well, strangely alone up there at her lonely podium, an inscrutable warm-up act for an endlessly loquacious, and thus less-interesting, stand-up comic.
With curious liberals nervously squinting up at her during her opening remarks, Coulter delivered a little red meat, as contracted, calling the audience “stupid,” comparing Rahm Emanuel to the anti-Christ and suggesting that the current president broke bread with the Weather Underground. MORE
BOSTON HERALD: Coulter noted Obama’s admitted cocaine use; Maher said, “George Bush did a lot more blow than Barack Obama.” Coulter saluted Bush for keeping “the country safe for seven-plus years,” and Maher assailed him for keeping silent for seven minutes after hearing about the 9/11 attack. MORE