In 2008, Doug Kmeic, using his Catholic credentials, endorsed Barack Obama for President. His endorsement tempered Catholic fears that Obama was pro-choice. After Obama won, Kmeic was nominated and approved as Ambassador to Malta. It appears that Ann Coulter desires the same position. She is using her “conservative” credentials to endorse Mitt Romney to temper our fears that Romney is not a conservative. She bolsters her worth to Romney with such statements as, “you’d better be as right-wing a President as I tell people you will be” and “you owe me”. Unfortunately, she has a nasty habit of throwing folks who respectfully disagree with her under the bus.
She has attacked folks in the Tea Party saying things like, “the Tea Party ignores Romney because they’re looking at who is ‘calling Obama a Kenyan‘, “the Tea Party is admitting they’re utter hypocrites if they vote for Newt Gingrich”, and ‘the Tea Party can’t see his (Romney) appeal because “they’re looking at who is going to go around bombastically demanding to see Obama’s birth certificate or calling him a Kenyan.”
Such statements show an absolute calumny, as well as a lack of knowing who makes up the members of the Tea Party. To the contrary, highly regarded pollster Scott Rasmussen has found that the Tea Partiers tend to be older than 45, married, wealthier and better educated than the general population, and concerned first of all with federal spending and the deficit. As David P. Goldman also asserts, it is also important to know that there are more of them than ever before in American history. There seems to be a lot of non-appreciation/contempt for the people who added 5 US Senators and over 40 members of Congress in the last election (not including the over 20 state legislatures that went from Democrat to the GOP). They were not perfect but they managed more in such a short time than folks like Coulter realized. The Tea Party is an exercise in economic rationality. To ridicule these folks is absurd.
Then again, this is the same Anne Coulter who proudly asserts that her research showed that Ronald Reagan barely knew Newt Gingrich. The proof that led her to that conclusion was that there was only one citation to Gingrich in the Reagan Diaries. It is rather odd how many people who worked for Reagan remember things differently. Her article “Three Cheers For RomneyCare” has been met with criticism and derision from many quarters; from Mark Levin to a devastating column (Coulter Care) in the American Spectator by Peter Ferrara.
However, to see how far Ann Coulter has fallen, one need not go further than this year’s C-PAC speech. It was a 13 minute speech. With the exception of the ‘borrowing stuff from his Chinese neighbor’ line, the speech was met with tepid applause. The speech was full of flat one-liners as well as a surprisingly weird comment about Jerry Sandusky. Yes, she still distracts with the constant flipping of her hair and her tight black dress and long black boots give the appearance of a dominatrix (does she still consider Jonah Goldberg and Rich Lowery girly-men?). There were no challenges to the C-PAC faithful. She did not make the RomneyCare is better than ObamaCare argument (possibly because the HHS mandate concerning contraception) but extolled the virtues of Romney with nothing more than, ’Trust me’. Perhaps, Ms. Coulter should further examine the Romney record in MA. It appears he was in favor of mandated no-cost contraception before he was against it. To be fair, it was put in place by his predecessor Jane Swift.
It appears that Ann Coulter would rather have a place at the table of political power than stick up for conservative values and ideas. It is a shame to watch someone who spent the greater part of the last 15 years extolling conservative ideals and virtues change because it is far better to be a kingmaker. Ann Coulter, like Douglas Kmiec (who is back on board with Obama and the mandate) demonstrates again the truth of the Socrates adage that an unexamined life is a tragedy.
To paraphrase the line uttered by St Thomas More in The Man For All Seasons: Ann, it profits a woman nothing to give her soul for the whole world… But for Malta?
I don’t blame you Ann, I understand the weather in Malta is fantastic this time of year.