I thought this was an interesting idea; sort of taking UA's literary exchange of hostages to the next level.
Of course, being a New York Times writer, she makes the assumption that Ayn Rand is a central conservative text (similar to the massive influence liberals believe Fox News exercises). She also completely fails to get George McDonald Fraser's Flashman series, literally judging a book by its cover.
But I think she may be onto something (as is UA) concerning the benefits of of reading something you may strongly disagree with; although she makes the all-to-common mistake of assuming we are somehow obligated to hate what we disagree with. I for one enjoy the novels of Howard Fast, even though I think the underlying political ideas behind them are complete drivel.