- The Washington Times - Monday, August 20, 2018

Some reading to consider from Ann Coulter, already an author of a dozen previous books. The succinct message of her new title tells it all: “Resistance Is Futile! How the Trump-Hating Left Lost its Collective Mind,” published Tuesday.

“There is a whole group of Americans whose sole political position is ‘We hate Trump.’ From the moment he won the election it has been total war against the president, like nothing this country has experienced before. The left is in a panic. The liberal position on any issue can be summarized as ‘Where’s Trump on this? Oh, that’s awful.’ Things that never bothered liberals before — Russia, vulgarity, the supremacy clause — are now hateful,” the author writes.

Ms. Coulter later compares the frequently hostile media to “a clique of mean girls,” and wonders how the Trump critics managed to get themselves into such a frantic state.

“I thought the whole thing about being cool was to be cool. But since Trump’s election, liberals are the ones hyperventilating over nothing and devoting their lives to demented conspiracy theories. Conservatives are the cool ones, refusing to freak out over every little thing,” Ms. Coulter writes.

“Who knows? Maybe Trump will keep his promises and end up on Mount Rushmore, his granite hair impervious to the breeze. As he likes to say, we’ll see,” advises the author.

Yes, we’ll see.

“Coulter skewers the various elements of The Resistance — the p–y-hat brigade, the Russian-collusion witch hunters, the media alarmists, the campus hysterics, and more. They talk about Russia? They’re the ones meddling with our democracy by trying to overturn the results of the election with their relentless attacks,” advises publisher Sentinel, the conservative imprint of Penguin Books, where the author stable also includes Mike Huckabee, Brian Kilmeade, Ken Starr and Sen. Marco Rubio.

Naturally, there’s a snappy celebration for Ms. Coulter’s new book in the nation’s capital at a historic hotel a few blocks north of the White House. A source tells Inside the Beltway that among the delicacies and libation to be offered is a signature cocktail for the evening called “The Resistance.”

CHELSEA IS A ‘DEFINITE MAYBE’

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton seems to be gaining a more intense public profile these days, offering public comments on abortion, President Trump’s immigration policy and other matters with regularity. Does this mean that Ms. Clinton could follow in her parents Bill and Hillary Clinton’s footsteps and run for public office?

“As much as I abhor so much of what President Trump is doing, I have a great amount of gratitude for what my congresswoman and my senators are doing to try to stop him at every point. While I disagree with the president, I think my family is being really well represented. But if that were to change, if my city councillor were to retire, if my congresswoman were to retire, my senators — and I thought that I could make a positive impact, then I think I would really have to ask my answer to that question,” Ms. Clinton told The Guardian in an interview on Monday.

So would she run?

“For me it’s a definite no now. But it’s a definite maybe in the future, because who knows what the future is going to bring?” she asked.

WHAT’S RIDING ON THE MIDTERMS

Voters appear to be attaching an extraordinary amount of importance to the midterms this year.

A new CBS poll reveals that over two-thirds of all voters say the midterms this year are as important as a presidential election. Nearly three-fourths of Republicans — 73 percent — plus two-thirds of both independents and Democrats agree with this.

Some voters say the midterms are even more important that a presidential bout. Among other things, both sides of the aisle see the possibility that Democrats would regain the House and seek to impeach President Trump. And both sides likely see the midterms as a harbinger of authentic political power as the presidential race takes shape.

See more numbers in the Poll du Jour at column’s end.

TRUMP‘S FIGHTING WORDS

“Never in my life have I seen the Democrats this angry. They’re hoping to turn their rage into votes and seize control of our majority. We could lose if our great patriots decide to sit out the midterms and hope someone fights this battle for us,” President Trump says in a new voter-outreach email released Monday.

“We cannot let these swamp politicians back in power after they’ve trashed America and vowed to erase our borders. I need you fighting by my side to stop them. I can’t do it alone. In fact, I haven’t done anything on my own. Every victory I’ve ever had happened because you were there right by my side. Now I need you more than ever before,” Mr. Trump advises.

A RALLY IN CHARLESTON

President Trump will stage one of his signature jumbo rallies in Charleston, West Virginia, on Tuesday evening at a local venue which can accommodate up to 13,500 people. It is friendly territory,

“I couldn’t be happier to see President Trump returning to West Virginia. After years of misguided liberal policies from the Obama administration that helped cripple our state, President Trump has repeatedly demonstrated a steadfast commitment to improving the lives of West Virginians,” says Republican Mitch Carmichael, the president of the West Virginia state Senate.

“His pro-growth, pro-coal policies have helped given West Virginia one of the fastest growing economies in the country, and his fight against the deadly opioid epidemic is in stark contrast to the previous administration,” Mr. Carmichael notes.

C-SPAN will cover the event live at 7 p.m. EDT.

POLL DU JOUR

86 percent of Americans say they definitely or probably will vote in the 2018 midterm elections; 86 percent of Republicans, 88 percent of independents and 87 percent of Democrats agree.

67 percent overall say the midterms this year are as important as a presidential elections; 73 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of independents and 64 percent of Democrats agree.

21 percent overall say the midterms this year are more important than a presidential election; 14 percent of Republicans, 21 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats agree.

65 percent will vote for the candidate that they agree on in policy matters; 67 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of independents and 61 percent of Democrats agree.

35 percent will vote for the person who best represents “culture and values” they favor; 33 percent of Republicans, 31 percent of independents and 39 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A CBS News poll of 4,989 registered U.S. voters conducted Aug. 10-16

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