On The O’Reilly Factor (with Laura Ingraham sitting in) the other night, Ann Coulter claimed the status of the only brave conservative on TV willing to criticize Sarah Palin (full transcript at the link, video here):
And it doesn’t really matter, I might add, that, oh, it’s the media’s fault and they attacked her and they saw her as a threat, all of which I believe is true.
Nonetheless, yet and still it has worked, and most Americans don’t want Sarah Palin for president. But she’s become sort of the Obama of the Tea Party. She’s just “The One” to a certain segment of right wingers. And the tiniest criticism of her — I think many of your viewers may not know this. No conservative on TV will criticize Palin, because they don’t want to deal with the hate mail. You know, you say her voice is a few octaves too high or perhaps Michele Bachmann’s speaking voice is more modulated, and you will be inundated with enraged e-mails and letters….
You know, fish or cut bait here, because you are ginning up this group of Americans who will not even consider anyone else.
You know, we used to all love Sarah Palin, conservatives like me, for her enemies. I’m starting to dislike her because of her fans.
While Coulter portrayed herself as heroic, in fact she is just one in a long line of conservatives who have criticized Palin including on TV and made the same points made by Coulter. Read the full Coulter transcript of Coulter on O’Reilly, then watch these videos.
Did Coulter say anything that hasn’t been said ad nauseum by mainstream conservatives on TV and elsewhere?
Ann, you have done great work over the years. But piling on Palin while claiming victim status was not one of your finer moments.