Conservative author Ann Coulter‘s new book “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3: Especially a Republican” contains an interview the Wall Street Journal conducted with her mother, Nell Husbands Martin Coulter, back in 2004 at the height of the presidential election.
But here’s some of it…
Q: What do you worry about when Ann is in the public eye?
A: I don’t worry, she looks incredibly beautiful, is well-spoken, knows just what to say. Not a single worry.
Q: Your daughter obviously has strong opinions that upset some people. Do you ever give her advice about toning it down, reaching out to the other side?
Q: Even if you admire her guts and her ability to say it straight, what input do you give her about delivery, her message, etc?
A: I’m afraid it’s past time for me to be effective. I sometimes tell her to dress more modestly, but I don’t even do that much anymore. I’m extremely proud of her.
Q: When you see Ann on TV, do you ever critique her? What she says or what she wears?
A: Occasionally, not what she says.
Q: At the University of Arizona [in 2004], two men tried to throw a pie at Ann. Did you talk to her after that?
A: I called her as soon as I could get in touch with her to see if she was alright.
Q: Give her any advice? What were your concerns about that?
A: I heard a lot of anger in her voice — justifiably — so my only advice was to remember that she is a Christian.
Q: As election day approaches, I’m sure Ann has a very busy schedule. What have you told her about eating right, sleeping well, etc.?
A: I always tell her to get plenty of sleep; she’ll need to rebuff these crazy things, eat well and keep exercising. Unfortunately, she’s past the time when I can determine her bedtime.
Q: And if Bush loses, what might you say to console her?
A: Let’s go to Africa! … I’ll need consoling of my own. It would be a tragedy if Kerry gets in.
Coulter’s mother died four years later.