While speaking to a group of Republicans earlier this week, Ann Coulter took some unnecessary and telling shots at Governor Palin (emphasis):
“One of the ones promoting that [a brokered convention] is Sarah Palin, who has suggested herself as the choice. I think as long as it’s between us girls — I’ve been observing something about her. I don’t think it’s likely to happen. I don’t know what these people are cheering for. As I wrote in a column a few weeks back, who is this dream candidate we’re hoping to get from the convention, because Rick Perry used to be the dream candidate. Can we see them in a debate first?”
That was a flat-out lie from Coulter. Governor Palin has NEVER suggested herself as any “choice” for a brokered convention. She really hasn’t been promoting it either per se, minus giving her honest opinion WHEN ASKED about the topic during interviews.
In this interview conducted in February, at the 7:00 minute mark of the clip, Governor Palin answers a question from Sean Hannity about a brokered convention:
Sean Hannity: Governor, we were talking earlier about the possibility of a brokered convention. You seemed in some comments that I saw in the public, to kind of leave the door open. If the Republican party came to you, you might be open to it.
Governor Palin: Well, the establishment will never come to me. I know that for a fact. However, a brokered convention, I wouldn’t be afraid of that. The electorate shouldn’t be afraid of that. That’s a continuation of the process, and competition that perhaps would be, in the end, very good for our party, and good for the cause of defending our republic.
Governor Palin then went on to speak about Newt Gingrich.
During an interview with Uma Pemmaraju on March 3rd, Governor Palin answered more questions (as in, didn’t bring up the topic) about the possibility of a brokered GOP convention:
Uma Pemmaraju: Some Republicans aren’t happy with the current crop of contenders and are hoping for a brokered convention, even at this point. Where a star GOP player steps in. Now, if asked, would you go for it?
Governor Palin: Well, I’m not going to be asked, so a hypothetical like that, I think I can just skip that and move on to dealing with reality. And reality is, we have four good contenders today. If it does result as process, through great competition into a brokered convention, I don’t think that should be anything to fear. I think that is a continuation of a very competitive, and albeit, heated process. Wes shouldn’t be afraid of that. What we should perhaps be afraid of though is, who actually does the brokering. Who is behind those closed doors and the proverbial ‘smoke-filled room’ that would decide who would be worthy of getting that GOP nod.
As you can see, Governor Palin has consistently not brought up the topic of a brokered convention, and consistently not suggested herself as the “choice” of a brokered convention. In reality, she has been telling Republicans not to fear the process, knowing the GOP will be better off with a prepared candidate. Just as athletes go to practice to better their skills, the GOP candidate will be better suited to go up against Obama, because of this process. Why is this so hard for the chattering class to understand?
After Coulter was finished deceiving her audience about Governor Palin’s intentions regarding a brokered convention, she said (emphasis):
“And just a more corporate problem is I think our party and particularly our movement, the conservative movement, does have more of a problem with con men and charlatans than the Democratic Party. I mean, the incentives seem to be set up to allow people — as long as you have a band of a few million fanatical followers, you can make money. The Democrats have managed to figure out how not to do that.”
In a move only a coward could respect, Coulter indirectly called Governor Palin a “charlatan” and a ‘con man.’ Coming from someone with Coulter’s background, that’s pretty rich. Governor Palin is an influential political leader, whether she runs for office or not. Her word means something, unlike Coulter’s. And why is Ann, a self-proclaimed capitalist, begrudging anyone for making money? Maybe she’s just ticked because those “fanatical followers” of Governor Palin’s, the people who used to buy Ann Coulter books, no longer will because they no longer care what she has to say.
Jen Kuznicki wrote a great piece about Coulter’s comments stating:
No, Ann, you are merely a talking head.
A friend of mine, Pat Carfagno of Freedom Radio calls it, “claiming the territory without bringing the flag.”
As for the charlatan comment, Palin is not a conservative charlatan, Ann Coulter, unbelievably, has become one.
Charlatan: noun– fraud, cheat, fake, sham, pretender, quack, con man (informal), impostor, fraudster, swindler, mountebank, grifter (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), phoney or phony (informal)