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Ann Coulter: Romney was superior to Ronald Reagan, you know





Ann Coulter really has lost her mind. In her latest column, she manages to shed whatever conservative cred (if any) she still had. Let’s run through some of the highlights lowlights of her piece, shall we:

But since the election, many conservatives seem to be coalescing around the  explanation for our defeat given by Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots, who said: “What we got was a weak, moderate candidate handpicked by the Beltway  elites and country club establishment wing of the Republican Party. The  presidential loss is unequivocally on them.”

There was also the seven months of primaries, during which Romney got more  votes than the rest of the field combined. So there’s that. Moreover, the idea  that Mitt Romney was “a weak, moderate candidate” is preposterous.

Got that? According to Ann, it’s "preposterous" to suggest the guy who’s supported — or still supports – nutty liberal ideas like minimum wage indexationcap and trade, ethanol subsidies, government health care mandates, the appointment of liberal judges, and man-made global warming, to name but a few, is a moderate. Coulter next knocks a real conservative, Ted Cruz, while claiming it’s "nonsense" to suggest Mitt didn’t present a sharp, conservative contrast to Obama’s statism:

Even newly elected Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas complained that Romney failed to  get across that there are “two viewpoints and directions for the country” and  that he erred by trying to “be a nice guy.” As Cruz said, “I’m pretty certain  Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama” in the third debate — proving  once again that comedy is harder than it looks.

The idea that Romney failed to present a clear contrast with Obama or was too “nice” is also nonsense. If Republicans continue to tell themselves comforting  myths about our candidate being the problem, they better get used to losing a  lot more elections.

I’ll make a couple points here. First, as the Wall Street Journal noted a year and a half before the election, how could Romney credibly present a contrast to Obama when he’s with him on a number of issues (see above)? Obamacare remained unpopular throughout the election cycle, but Romney barely mentioned it during the campaign because, well, he invented it, and thus had zero credibility on an issue that should have been Obama’s Achilles’ heel. Second, when Ted Cruz mocked Romney’s "Obama’s a nice guy" strategy, he was absolutely correct. Despite the fact Team Obama essentially accused Romney of being a felon who infected a woman with cancer, Romney averred the following about his opponent:

The president exudes an air of likability and friendliness, which is endearing.

Couple that with the fact Romney refused to even bring Benghazi up at the foreign policy debate and I’d say Ted Cruz, and anyone else who believes Romney was too "nice" (to borrow Coulter’s word) has a point. How am I wrong? Coulter next goes into this bizarre, lengthy screed in which she trashes Ronald Reagan and leaves readers with the impression that Romney’s the more conservative of the two. I’m not making this up:

Reagan picked a pro-choice, anti-supply side Republican as his running mate.  He lavishly praised FDR in his acceptance speech at the national convention,  leading The New York Times to title an editorial about him “Franklin Delano  Reagan.”

[...]

As governor of a purple state, Reagan had signed the most liberal abortion law  in the country and imposed the three largest state tax hikes in the nation’s  history. Nevada Sen. Paul Laxalt’s nominating speech hailed Reagan’s  governorship of California for producing “a veritable Great Society of aid for  schools, minorities and the handicapped,” as the Times put it. Reagan had also been an actual member of the godless, treason party.

I’ll let Mark Levin respond to this calumny:

Really Ann?  You mean Romney’s one debate bests Reagan’s decades of advocacy for conservatism, his battles with the Republican establishment, and his building a conservative movement? Fact is Romney has done nothing for conservatism. I repeat, nothing. No leadership.  No grassroots efforts. No major policy initiatives.  Nothing. Reagan won two landslides. Romney won nothing. Cherry-picking facts Ann, in some strange cult-like obsession, fools no one. Same with your cheerleading for Chris Christie.

There’s plenty more silliness in Coulter’s piece. Here’s one of my favorites:

Romney was the most libertarian candidate Republicans have run since Calvin  Coolidge.

Of course, Ann. You know how much us libertarians love health care mandates, ethanol subsidies, and crony capitalism.  Coulter also suggests there are no moderates left in the Republican Party. Or something:

To the extent Republicans have a problem with their candidates, it’s not that  they’re not conservative enough. Where are today’s Nelson Rockefellers, Arlen  Specters or George H.W. Bushes? Happily, they have gone the way of leprosy.

Er, what about Mitt Romney, Ann? Oh yes, he’s a libertarian who’s more conservative than Ronald Reagan. My mistake. Seriously, I knew Coulter was losing it last winter when she said Romneycare is a great conservative program and Governor Palin, not Mandate Mitt, was the establishment candidate.  C4P contributor Roderic Deane suggests in an email that Ann Coulter is bucking to become the next Arianna Huffington. I think he has a point.



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  • http://lenbilen.com/ Lennart Bilén

    Ann Coulter, a gal of some gall
    has lost it, she made a bad call.
    Did Mitt Romney inspire?
    There was smoke but no fire.
    like Palin, still Reagan stands tall.

  • socon

    Please!  Make it shut up and go away.

  • philomena

    Ted Cruz 2016!

    • John_Frank

       Unfortunately, Senator elect Cruz was born in Canada.

      • socon

         VP?

        • John_Frank

           No. To be VP, one must be a natural born citizen. Ted Cruz is not eligible.

          • socon

             Bummer!  I really like him.

      • philomena

        Thank you for informing me of that fact.  It is truly sad.  He is so at ease with facts, knowledge, history, and seems like an all-around principled guy.

      • PalinPrez

        Actually, even though he was born in Canada, he is still eligible since his mother was an American at the time of his birth.  George Romney cleared this issue up when he ran for president.  Even tough the elder Romney was born in Mexico, because he was born to American citizens, he was eligible, just as Ted Cruz is.

        • John_Frank

          I will let others argue that case.

  • conservativemama

    Chickie has gone off the deep end.  Good to know where we stand with her.  Set her aide and let’s keep on going.

  • socon

    I see Mark Levin got a dig in at Coulter’s chubby chasing obsession with Chris Christie, too!  LOL

    Gotta’ love Mark.

  • RebinTexas

    Great piece Doug – I can’t remember when I once thought Ann had something worth listening to/reading……….but it’s been years now. But, you must admit, compared to her first love – Christie – romney "almost" looks a tad conservative.

    As badly as the dems have turned from what I knew as a young man, seems the GOPe and their elite have gone as far from what We The People – the heart & soul of this great country – are.
    Reb

  • GrmaTX

    Perhaps Ann should go the way of leprosy. 

  • patnatasha

    ann honey do yourself and everyone else a favor and just go away.

  • Jthom26837

     Ann Coulter has lost her mind. Err. what mind!??!?

  • carmtom13

    Great article Doug. Coulter is part of the GOP DC establishment. She like Rove and the rest of that group ALL need to sit down and shut up! Coulter will join her pig friend Maher and bad mouth any real threat to her and the GOP establishment. I hope that CPAC doesn’t invite her again, if they do CPAC is going to have real problems with being a conservative group and with real conservatives attending. It’s time for Coulter, Rove and the rest of their ilk to go buh bye.

    • Christopher H Fromme

      CPAC should invite  Jenny Beth Martin as part of dissing Coulter.  Met her in Wisconsin June 2 when TPP was helping defeat the recall of Scott Walker.    Gee  Walker got 55%  and Romney /Ryan lost WI    Go figure???

  • Jon Kelly

    Who decided that this woman spoke for any section of the Republican Party but the Establishment. She’s at best a younger Peggy Noonan but more "flaca" who blows with the wind. Get real. The only thing she ever produced was her image.  You just can’t go on Hanity and parrot everything he says and claim to be a pundit. We’ve had enough – you made your money now just GO AWAY. So she doesn’t claim to be a victim, "flaca" means skinny.

  • Leroy Whitby

    I don’t know what she is up to or why, but Coulter makes no sense. 

    • tullmargaret

      get romney to charge  obama w ith treason

    • alien4palin

      She is an appendage of the crony capitalistic establishment. What she is up to or why is simply ensuring her place on the gravy train and feeding her alter ego.
      In the past years, she has shown herself to be quite a chameleon in adapting to whatever political stripes that benefits her. She perceived herself to be an elite and better than the unwashed hoi polloi.

      She hang around and dated the unsavory,scumbag Bill Maher which speaks volume who the real Coulter is. Birds of the same feather flocks together. Coulter loyalty has always been and always will be to Coulter.

  • tullmargaret

    i think  trmney should stat over again  g  to be ridof obama

    • socon

      Oh heck no!  Fancy Pants had his chance.

       I don’t care which one of his homes he chooses to live in–just so he goes away.

  • Guest

    Bones  went crazy some time ago…….

    love ya Mark!

    • socon

      Eat a sammich, Bones!

      • Guest

        LOL……for real……I’d love to shove one down
        her throat…..not kidding!

        • socon

          The only one with a bigger ego than Fancy Pants Romney is clueless Bones Coulter.  I guess both are "shell-shocked" over his predictable wipe out.

          Ann’s just mad because she’s got egg-salad all over her face!

  • tullmargaret

    chare obama with treason

  • James A. Tyler

    I see Madame Medusa doubled down on her earlier claim she made in her near-suicidal interview with Laura Ingraham post election. From the looks of it, she hasn’t taken Ingraham’s sage advice to dust herself off and move on. Shame

    • socon

      "Madame Medusa" is perfect for the shrewish harridan! 

      Zip it, Ann, you have become a caricature of yourself.

      • James A. Tyler

        I’m sorry I was watching Disney’s The Rescuers with my daughter while reading this, and the film’s villain – Madame Medusa was on the screen, and I don’t know why, but I automatically made the connection, haha.

        • socon

           It’s excellent!  They’re both crazy.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Novelty pundit Ann Coulter sold out long ago.  She has flipped more often than Romney has flopped.  Huffington has made a fortune doing the same ideological flip flop that Ann is in process of performing, like a monkey aping its master in hopes of getting the banana.  Ann missed that boat, but thinks she can still hitch a ride on Huffington’s banana barge to monkey heaven.

    That’s why everything that has come out of Ann’s mouth, for years, has been gibberish.  You can wait until a thousand monkeys randomly type out "Hamlet" before Coulter’s ranting will make any sense.

    • socon

      Coulter’s crazy if she thinks the left will welcome her.  They have only blind hatred for her.

      I’d pay to see her try that stunt.

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Huffington did it.  They not only welcomed her with open arms, they made her ridiculously rich.

        • socon

          Huffington never wrote numerous best-sellers shredding the left.  Ann holds a special place in hell for a lot of those morons.  lol

          Hey, let her try!  I would love to see it.

          • Laddie_Blah_Blah

            The more they would welcome her, like the prodigal son.  She would be all over MSNBC telling them how wrong she was, and how right they were, all along, like the former conservative (can’t remember his name) who used to write books about how wrong the liberals were, until he started making a better living writing books about how evil conservatives are. That guy now receives funding from none other than George Soros. 

            They would eat up a defection from Coulter, and George Soros would finance any book she chose to write, or any "progressive" think tank she chose to head.  Money speaks to Ann Coulter.  Why else was she pimping for Mitt Romney?

            It’s just one small step from that to crossing the line over to complete betrayal.  She is right on that line, now, and just needs to take one more relatively small step to cross it.

            • socon

              The Media Matters POS, right?

              Ann’s an elitist.  I think she looks down on Sarah and Sarah’s followers.

              • Laddie_Blah_Blah

                Yeah.  David Brock.  He’s a hero to the deranged Left now.  

                Ann would have them eating out of her hand, especially if she spent all her time trashing Gov. Palin.  Could be worth millions peddling that garbage to such an eager audience.  

                Ann is all about the money and even more so about celebrity.  She has lost her status as a conservative gadfly, but could become the newest, latest, most celebrated conservative turncoat since Arianna.

                • socon

                  That would be so weird!  Coulter just wrote that book excoriating the left for their racism.

                  She hangs around with Pig Maher, so anything is possible.

  • IndieDogg

    If an Ann Coulter shrieks in a forest and nobody pays any attention to her, does she actually exist?

  • Independantminded

    I believe that Ann must be living in some alternate universe. Her comments about Romney are laughable, she is in CYA mode

    • Leroy Whitby

      I think Coulter being in CYA mode makes some sense. Impossible to do, apparently, since her argument is laughable.

  • n4cerinc

    Unfortunately Ann is not alone in this line of thinking. There are at least two frequent posters here at C4P who pretty much share the same idea of Romney being superior to Ronald Reagan, Palin or a number of other conservatives.

    • socon

      Yes, because we all know it was Massachusetts Mittens who fearlessly stood down the USSR!  lol

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