...in which Ann goes on "Hardball", meets the public...and scares them. In our last chapter, Ann had attacked 9/11 widows as greedy harpies. Now, as we join our story, Ann appears on Hardball with Chris Matthews, to talk about her latest book, "Godless". Anyone see Hardball last night? It was quite a hoot. I haven't watched it in a while, but they shot it outdoors, in front of an audience, in an area they called Hardball Plaza (which I take to be just down the road from Sesame Street). Anyway. Now you know I don't like Ann. Imagine my surprise to come across her while flipping channels -- and to almost not recognize her. Here is the way she looked at the top of the interview: I have to say -- without a trace of trying to be mean -- that that picture does not do justice to how bad she looked. She was positively goth with the eye makeup. It was even blacker than it appears in the picture. Think Alice Cooper. That, together with her emaciated face and body, made her rather frightening. It's easily the worst I've ever seen her look. Somebody must have pointed that out to her, because just as they ended the first segment, someone handed her a pair of sunglasses, which she wore for the remainder of the interview. But just as fun was the content. Of all the people on television, I think Chris Matthews is the perfect person to interview Coulter. With his constantly interrupting style, he is the only person who can actually get Ann Coulter to shut up. Matthews, of course, cornered her on a few statements (such as her claim that liberals are godless), and while about a third of the audience in attendance supported her (I'm surprised it was that large), it was nice to see that the other two-thirds not only didn't support her, but groaned audibly at some of the things she said. Two different women told Ann her arguments might attract more people if her rhetoric weren't so vitriolic, but her "ultimate answer" to that was, "Yeah, that's why I've had five best-sellers in a row." (Huh. So did Jacqueline Suzanne.) The video is on Hardball's website (though I can't get it to work)...and a transcript is not yet available as I write this. Worth a look (if you can get it to work), because once again she comes out looking like a vindictive jackass.