Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America
by Ann Coulter
Crown Forum, 354 pp., $28.99
Red Army: The Radical Network that Must Be Defeated to Save America
by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott
Broadside, 496 pp., $26.99 (to be published in November)
Rick Perry is a kind of hybrid candidate, representing a fusion of the new establishment Republicanism and its Tea Party variant. Whether establishment Republicans end up coalescing behind him or Mitt Romney of course remains to be seen, but the point is that a Perry candidacy can be a serious one because the establishment has moved so far to the right that it is nearly indistinguishable from, and certainly now afraid of, the activist base.