Today Coulter is still writing columns that turn the rhetorical equivalent of a flamethrower on liberals. Her most recent book bears the characteristic, self-parodying title, "Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America," and the effect of her work is still to cast more heat than light. But there are more and more heretical statements making their way into her oeuvre. She defended the health-care law Mitt Romney passed in Massachusetts. "If only the Democrats had decided to socialize the food industry or housing, Romneycare would probably still be viewed as a massive triumph for conservative free-market principles," she wrote, "as it was at the time."
Remarking on the socially conservative agenda of Rick Santorum, Coulter caustically observed that he "genuinely does not seem to understand the Constitution's federalist framework." In a television appearance she suggested that voters in South Carolina's Republican primary were too emotionally immature to vote their interests. She even defended CNN's John King when he was criticized for asking Newt Gingrich about his affairs, and pointed out that the former House Speaker was only going on the attack against the liberal media to distract from his own shortcomings. Since when do conservative polemicists object to Republican politicians doing that?
Coulter's heresies transcend the internecine squabbles of GOP primary season. After turning against the War in Afghanistan, she took aim at Bill Kristol and his hawkish allies. "Didn't liberals warn us that neoconservatives want permanent war? I thought the irreducible requirements of Republicanism were being for
life, small government and a strong national defense," she wrote, "but I guess
permanent war is on the platter now, too." It's almost as if she's had a sophisticated grasp of movement conservatism's least defensible pathologies all along.
Perhaps that's why the backlash has thus far been relatively muted. Every plugged in conservative tempted to insult her knows that she's dangerous, knowing better than most where the bodies are buried. She's nevertheless been called out on Fox and conservative talk radio. If she keeps up her critique of foreign policy hawks long enough they'll perhaps drudge up her politically incorrect comments about Jews and imply that she is an anti-Semite. Then again, there's a sense in which Coulter can never lose by being attacked: the whole logic of her career is that being talked about is all that matters, even if you're being mercilessly savaged.
Perusing the books Coulter has written, I see that she drummed up attention by calling liberals liars in 2003, "treacherous" in 2004, "godless" in 2007, brainless in 2008, "guilty" in 2009, and "demonic" in 2011. You can see her problem. Where do you go from demonic? She hasn't the capacity to shock liberals anymore. But conservative hucksters? She can totally get attention attacking them.