Ann Coulter on Captain Electability

The two conservative pundits I read and listen to religiously are Ann Coulter and Mark Levin, respectively. I consider them my kind: Reagan conservatives, not shy about expressing opinions that would shock the tea party set, and, always right on the money about the conservative movement. Read Ann Coulter’s column from yesterday in Human Events. I’m proud to say we’ve been saying a lot of the same things in this blog for a long time…

The Reign of Lame Falls Mainly on McCain
by Ann Coulter
Last night was truly a historic occasion: For only the second time in her adult life, Michelle Obama was proud of her country!
The big loser of this election is Colin Powell, whose last-minute endorsement of Obama put the Illinois senator over the top. Powell was probably at home last night, yelling at his TV, “Are you KIDDING me? That endorsement was sarcastic!”
The winner, of course, is Obama, who must be excited because now he can start hanging out in public with Bill Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah Wright again. John McCain is a winner because he can resume buying more houses.
And we’re all winners because we will never again have to hear McCain say, “my friends.”
After Bill Clinton won the 1992 presidential election, Hillary Clinton immediately announced that, henceforth, she would be known as “Hillary Rodham Clinton.” So maybe Obama can now become B. Hussein Obama, his rightful name.
This was such an enormous Democratic year that even John Murtha won his congressional seat in Pennsylvania after calling his constituents racists. It turns out they’re not racists — they’re retards. Question: What exactly would one have to say to alienate Pennsylvanians? That Joe Paterno should retire?
Apparently Florida voters didn’t mind Obama’s palling around with Palestinian activist Rashid Khalidi and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, either. There must be a whole bunch of retired Pennsylvania Jews down there.
Have you ever noticed that whenever Democrats lose presidential elections, they always blame it on the personal qualities of their candidate? Kerry was a dork, Gore was a stiff, Dukakis was a bloodless android, Mondale was a sad sack.
This blame-the-messenger thesis allows Democrats to conclude that their message was fine — nothing should be changed! The American people are clamoring for higher taxes, big government, a defeatist foreign policy, gay marriage, the whole magilla. It was just this particular candidate’s personality.
Republicans lost this presidential election, and I don’t blame the messenger; I blame the message. How could Republicans go after B. Hussein Obama (as he is now known) on planning to bankrupt the coal companies when McCain supports the exact same cap and trade policies and earnestly believes in global warming?
How could we go after Obama for his illegal alien aunt and for supporting driver’s licenses for illegal aliens when McCain fanatically pushed amnesty along with his good friend Teddy Kennedy?
How could we go after Obama for Jeremiah Wright when McCain denounced any Republicans who did so?
How could we go after Obama for planning to hike taxes on the “rich,” when McCain was the only Republican to vote against both of Bush’s tax cuts on the grounds that they were tax cuts for the rich?
And why should Republican activists slave away working for McCain when he has personally, viciously attacked: John O’Neill and the Swift Boat Veterans, National Right to Life director Doug Johnson, evangelical pastors Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and John Hagee, various conservative talk radio hosts, the Tennessee Republican Party and on and on and on?
As liberal Democrat E.J. Dionne Jr. exuded about McCain in The Washington Post during the Republican primaries, “John McCain is feared by Democrats and liked by independents.” Dionne proclaimed that McCain “may be the one Republican who can rescue his party from the undertow of the Bush years.”
Similarly, after unelectable, ultraconservative Reagan won two landslide victories, James Reston of The New York Times gave the same advice to Vice President George H.W. Bush: Stop being conservative! Bush was “a good man,” Reston said in 1988, “and might run a strong campaign if liberated from Mr. Reagan’s coattails.”
Roll that phrase around a bit — “liberated from Mr. Reagan’s coattails.” This is why it takes so long to read the Times — you have to keep reading the same paragraph over again to see if you missed a word.
Bush, of course, rode Reagan’s ultraconservative coattails to victory, then snipped those coattails by raising taxes and was soundly defeated four years later.
I keep trying to get Democrats to take my advice (stop being so crazy), but they never listen to me. Why do Republicans take the advice of their enemies?
How many times do we have to run this experiment before Republican primary voters learn that “moderate,” “independent,” “maverick” Republicans never win, and right-wing Republicans never lose?
Indeed, the only good thing about McCain is that he gave us a genuine conservative, Sarah Palin. He’s like one of those insects that lives just long enough to reproduce so that the species can survive. That’s why a lot of us are referring to Sarah as “The One” these days.
Like Sarah Connor in “The Terminator,” Sarah Palin is destined to give birth to a new movement. That’s why the Democrats are trying to kill her. And Arnold Schwarzenegger is involved somehow, too. Good Lord, I’m tired.
After showing nearly superhuman restraint throughout this campaign, which was lost the night McCain won the California primary, I am now liberated to announce that all I care about is hunting down and punishing every Republican who voted for McCain in the primaries. I have a list and am prepared to produce the names of every person who told me he was voting for McCain to the proper authorities.
We’ll start with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Then we shall march through the states of New Hampshire and South Carolina — states that must never, ever be allowed to hold early Republican primaries again.
For now, we have a new president-elect. In the spirit of reaching across the aisle, we owe it to the Democrats to show their president the exact same kind of respect and loyalty that they have shown our recent Republican president.
Starting tomorrow, if not sooner.

12 thoughts on “Ann Coulter on Captain Electability”

  1. She’s one of my favorites! George maybe this election can help many get back to being Reagan Republicans again. I never stopped being one.

  2. George,
    As someone who was born and raised in PA (and Claudia is also I believe)and who currently is an officer in a church charity which raises money for learning disabled children, are you sure the “retard” reference is appropriate?
    Sorry, on several fronts I find it offensive.

  3. I, too am a Pennsylvanian. And I was not offended. The way many of my friends have behaved made them seem learning disabled to me.
    In fact the references to Pa. here were my favorites of the list. If her use of the word offends, sorry. But the sentiments here are pretty on point.
    I didn’t know that McCain had criticized the Swift Boaters. That is disgusting. But I did know that he was squeamish about talking about Wright and such. And that is also disgusting.
    She’s right about Palin, and Michele Obama, and the list of how could we go after Obama when McCain…, and about anyone running from Reagan’s coattails.
    I’m sorry, but the other side when they argue offend me often. And it was fun to read this.

  4. Jack, I appreciate your sentiment, but I do not believe in political correctness. Ann has a right to write what she did and you have a right to be offended and stop reading her columns. That is what liberty is all about.

  5. Ok Jack – let’s do things in chronological order:
    First you need to say that Murtha’s comments were offensive…. THEN you can talk about Coulter’s.
    And by the way … I am SOOOOO tired of whininess!!! People that just go crying because somebody offended them – please … and is not very manly either.

  6. Continue to put your hopes in a woman who needs an explanation that Africa is a continent (credit: FOX NEWS), see where it gets you.
    Reagan would be horrified.

  7. Actually, Alfonso, the “credit” goes to unnamed and anonymous sources within the McCain campaign who were likely purposely sliming Palin and hiding behind a cloak of anonymity.
    You don’t surely believe Palin didn’t know that Africa was a continent, do you?

  8. Robert certain people are willing to believe any line of bullshit presented to them. Hence, President Obama…

  9. Great column.
    Stop bashing Sarah Palin. Obama said there were 57 states for Pete’s sake! SO JUST SHUT UP!
    Sarah Palin will be back! And us conservatives will be back. Hell hath no fury…

  10. But, I mean, FOX News said so…
    No, I admit, it’s incredulous and likely not true. However, why conservatives would cling to Sarah Palin is beyond me. Aside from her candidacy being plain silly, conservatives need to look at the numbers.
    66% of the youth voted for Obama. There is an entire generation that has grown up with Bush as their president, famous more for his ‘Bushims’ than any successful domestic policy. Blame who you like, the liberal media, c’est la vie.
    Energizing the base is fine but elections are ultimately won in the middle, and Palin has no appeal there. The bullying drone of Hannity and Coulter has become a headache; their endorsements do not have the currency they had four years ago.
    For those of you who point to McCain as a failed example of ‘reaching-across-the-aisle,’ you miss the point. Whether it was his fault or his policies or his party’s, he did not make a convincing case that he would do so.
    So, many refuse to consider the answer isn’t a spastic lurch to the hard right, but rather a return of dynamic leadership with an ounce of intellect. You know, if McCain had thought that pandering to through-and-through conservatives would bring VICTORY, he no doubt would have done just that.
    Instead of digging the ditch deeper, we should look to conservatives who practice conservative principles and offer something beyond vitriol.
    But, you know, do as you wish.

  11. Alfonso,
    The spirit of your message is fine even if I don’t agree with a few of the things you said (we took a lurch to the right with Reagan, and that kind of worked out pretty well, didn’t it?). You mention Palin being a turn to the hard right as not the answer. Isn’t Obama’s turn to the hard left just as drastic, if not more? And yes, the media didn’t exactly draw a complete picture of the man we elected as president, so there’s plenty of room to complain in that arena.
    I believe you’re a relatively new reader (correct me if I’m wrong), so perhaps you missed the posts and comments yesterday which called for a fair and just treatment of our commander-in-chief to be. We were disgusted by the treatment given to George W. Bush during the past 8 years, and we don’t find it acceptable to do the same to a President Obama. Strident criticism when deserved is perfectly acceptable and something we need to do as citizens of a free country.
    One more thing you may have caught from posts and comments is a burning desire for Republicans to return to their conservative roots and advance our cause into the 21st century. I don’t think you’ll find much disagreement with that statement.

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