Ann and Ann

11/16/11

There are two Ann Coulters.

The one I respect and enjoy takes apart the Left with all the deftness of a skilled surgeon. The other is an emotional wreck; a hysterical shill.

In 2008, she endorsed Romney because he was the last best chance to knock off McCain; defeating McCain was more important than properly vetting Romney. This year, she backed Cain without any idea who and/or what he stood for. She defended Cain from similar accusations made on Bill Clinton; only that time she led the charge with High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Now, she demonizes Newt for being insufficiently conservative. It is a fair observation but it loses all credibility when she speaks of the inevitability of Romney. Throw in the shiv to Palin and the bouquets to Christie and I am surprised she can still stand upright in the current political winds.

The Conservative Movement was built on substance, policies, and standards. However, there are folks in the Conservative Movement who would have snored through the Sermon on the Mount, but they’ll labor like scholars over a conservative’s pedigree.

Listening to folks like Ann Coulter defend the feckless Herman Cain, attack Sarah Palin, praise Chris Christie, and cave-in to the inevitability of Romney; it makes me wonder when the Conservative Movement lost its way. Have we forsaken the legacy of William Rusher, Bill Buckley, Phyllis Schlafly, and many others and replaced it with self-indulgent petulance?

We need to do much better.

Spartan

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Newt Rising?

Newt Rising?

I think Newt is a the Trojan Horse of the Conservative Movement. On the outside, he appears to be a gift of sensible ideas standing above the infighting. However, inside this ‘horse’ resides the heart of the GOP Establishment.

This is the same Newt who took $300,000 to lobby on behalf of Freddie Mac. This is the same Newt who told NY Conservatives to accept the liberal Scozzafava over the conservative Doug Hoffman.I think the GOP establishment is plenty nervous about Mitt; and as well they should. They tried to recruit Christie and Mitch Daniels to run. A small cadre of them are backing Huntsman, but he is going nowhere. But there, in the middle of the bench, sits the old war horse, the always reliable Newt. This is his chance.

The “anyone but Obama” meme is a very dangerous mindset. It is an emotional belief that anyone is better than Obama. It does not allow any rational thought to fully examine/vet any challenger to Obama. Thus, we have been susceptible to the ‘flavor of the week’. The last few months have been a roller-coaster of emotions as Bachmann, then Perry, now Cain, now Gingrich have seen their political fortunes rise. We seem to be led by polls and not by common sense.

At the end of the day, will we truly back the eventual GOP nominee?The current GOP field is littered with has-beens, wannabes, and never weres. There are better candidates sitting out this election cycle.

I am watching from the sidelines, amused by what passes for conventional political thought. In 2008, many non-liberals bought into Obama’s shtick of Hope and Change. They either ignored his political past or deluded themselves into believing he would put ideology aside and do the right thing. Let’s not make the same mistake in 2012. Don’t ever listen to what a politician says; watch his actions. Newt?? No thanks!

Spartan