Ann Coulter is Laughing Her Head Off
First, when I heard what Ann Coulter had said on national television and written in her book, I winced. But I figured no one would make much of it. She's pretty crazy after all, and has made a career out of being completely obnoxious.
Then I saw her on the front page of our tabloid press. Then I saw her all over the news, in fact, Google turns up around 500 hits since her infamous television appearance.
Then I read that Hillary Clinton is commenting on Ann Coulter, she said, "Perhaps her book should have been called 'Heartless."
Then I read that John Kerry wrote in his Huffington Post blog today, "my first reaction was pretty much unprintable."
Then I read a gazillion blogs about how much we all hate Ann Coulter.
And of course, the world has a right to be outraged, when someone says things like, "I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much," and calls the grieving 9/11 widows "The Witches of East Brunswick."
There's only one problem with all of this vitriol. It is exactly what Ann Coulter wanted. You and I may not agree with her, but she's not stupid.
And here's the proof: Coulter's new book was Amazon.com's most popular selection Wednesday night and it was number one when I wrote this. Check it out. And you guys all made that happen.
Most people in journalism know that three things sell books and newspapers: Sex, violence and conflict. Coulter has got the sex thing down; she's got the conflict going, and, soon she'll get to violence and beat up a journalist on national television.
And you all will be writing about her again, which is exactly what she wants, while she laughs her head off checking her latest Amazon.com ranking.