Yes, I haven't read Ponnuru's book either. A book that describes anyone who disagrees with it as "The Party of Death" excludes itself from reasonable discussion. But I restricted myself to criticizing its Coulteresque title (and its front cover Coulter blurb) - designed to persuade no-one but to rally and sell to the fanatical base (the Rove technique applied to intellectual discourse) - and to a couple of emails from people who had read the book.
But I'm thrilled they're angry. They wouldn't be if they didn't know this book exposes them in ways few yet have. I'm not on the left. I've spent twenty-five years on the right. I know who these people are. And how far they have drifted from the principles they once might have held. And, along with growing numbers of real conservatives, I have no interest in going along with it any longer.