Best-selling author and commentator Ann Coulter is one of the most memorable pundits on television. In the vernacular of television producers, this outspoken conservative always leaves you with a great soundbite.
Coulter is a native Nutmegger who grew up in New Canaan, a celebrity enclave where David Letterman once lived. That’s her NCHS yearbook picture above, and when you compare to the picture below, you realize it is clear she’s taking her vitamins.
Coulter left Connecticut long ago, but still keeps tabs on the political scene here. The now Florida resident is out with a new book and I invited her on Face the State to talk about it. We’ve had other national politicos with Connecticut roots who’ve made it big come on the show like Mika Brzezinski, Chris Cillizza and others. Coulter wasn’t planning on being in our state, so we swapped some questions and answers via e-mail.
DH When you were growing up in Connecticut, the state was more Republican with a Republican senator, and Republican members of congress. The GOP carried CT in the presidential elections of 1972, 76, 80, 84, and 88. Now the state is completely blue with the entire delegation being Democratic, a Democratic governor and the Dems control the House and Senate here. In your opinion what has happened?
AC Either the imposition of a state income tax or some sort of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
DH You have criticized Linda McMahon and her senate runs in 2010 and 2012. What kind of Republican do you think could be elected in Connecticut?
AC I don’t criticize McMahon! In fact, I tried to appear at an event for her a few weeks before the last election, which was in the middle of my “Mugged” book tour, and wrote columns attacking her first opponent, the repellant Richard Blumenthal. McMahon is a loyal Republican, who put everything she had into both races and handled herself well. My complaint is with her campaign consultants, whose business is politics, and surely knew that it was going to be nearly impossible to get your average Fairfield County soccer mom to vote for anyone associated, in any way, with professional wrestling.
Former Congressman Rob Simmons could have won either of those races, but he didn’t have a personal fortune to spend on the race, so the consultants pushed McMahon to run. Twice!
DH Do you still have family here?
DH What was your favorite thing about growing up here?
AC No income tax.
DH Were you politically active during your years here? Attending rallies, running for school office?
AC Yes! My parents were active Republicans, so I attended Republican events with them, helped send out postcards for Reagan, wrote letters to the editor of the Stamford Advocate denouncing Coleman McCarthy columns and defaced Democratic campaign signs. No wait – not the last thing.
DH How do your books sell here?
AC I have absolutely no idea. I believe nearly half my book sales are now sold as Kindle books, so I’m not sure I could even find out.
DH Is your home state well served by its senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy?
AC No, but at least the people of CT have managed to get Blumenthal out of the state so he can’t bother everyone anymore with those press conferences every six minutes.
DH Favorite Connecticut Republican, past or present?
AC Harriet Beecher Stowe
DH Can Republicans win the governor’s race this year, or will Governor Malloy be re-elected?
AC For CT’s sake, I hope the next governor will be Tom Foley. It’s a shame to see such a pretty state as CT go the way of Detroit as all the businesses and workers flee to more hospitable states.
For the record, I don’t know Ann Coulter. Kara and I met her once about a dozen years ago in Newport through a mutual friend.
If you like the Ann Coulter blog post, check out these old pictures of Bill O’Reilly when he worked for us: http://dennishouse1.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/bill-oreilly-the-lost-wfsb-tapes/ and my former co-anchor Gayle King http://dennishouse1.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/gayle-king-at-wfsb-the-hartford-years/ and Melissa Francis too http://dennishouse1.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/melissa-francis-at-wfsb-the-hartford-years/ Chris Cillizza too http://dennishouse1.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/chris-cillizza-on-face-the-state/
Also, take a look at some video of the time I sunk a news car. Really. http://dennishouse1.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/that-time-i-sank-a-news-car-on-a-frigid-winter-day/