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The only thing Ann Coulter loves more than Chris Christie is … Romneycare

The only thing Ann Coulter loves more than Chris Christie is … Romneycare

I warned you.  In order to promote the election of Mitt Romney we would have to go through all sorts of philosophical and policy contortions.

And here we have ended up, with Romney’s most bombastic media supporter, who has not spared a foul word for Newt, issuing a full-throttled defense of and support for Romneycare, Ann Coulter, Three Cheers for Romneycare! (h/t INC in Tip Line)

The argument really is a masterpiece of deflection, blaming everyone but the author (Romney) for the failure Romneycare has become, and running red herrings across the path such as a jumbled discussion of federal constitutional law and mandates.

Mark Levin has a brilliant takedown of Coulter’s arguments. (If embed not working, click on link above.)

Suffice it to say this is not what Coulter said just months ago, when she said Romneycare “shows the failure of even statewide universal care.”  (Full 6 minute video here.)

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I am utterly confused by what has become of Ann Coulter in the last several months. She is completely unhinged at this point. She has descended into the irrational.

    Tamminator in reply to WarEagle82. | February 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    This isn’t about principles. Ann has none. She is the Peggy Noonan of Republicans: I’ll sell my soul to make sure that I’m still invited to the right cocktail party. Screw We The People. It’s all about meeeeee.

    You guys didn’t see this from the most superficial woman who claims to be a conservative?
    Really?

      WarEagle82 in reply to Tamminator. | February 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      I don’t know why I am shocked. Ann is not the first or only big-name conservative who has demonstrated a total lack of principles. But Ann? How could she have done this to me?

        Tamminator in reply to WarEagle82. | February 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm

        You were enamored by her hot-ness.
        And for that, you are forgiven.

        But don’t fall for her “shell”.
        She is a shill.

        Juba Doobai! in reply to WarEagle82. | February 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

        It was always about selling books and promoting Ann Coulter. It was always about being an agent provocateur. She got the name, she got the following, she got the bucks from the book sales, now she doesn’t need you suckers anymore. She can go hang with her Commie buds like Maher now.

    Kerrvillian in reply to WarEagle82. | February 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    The irrationality is where one has to sink in order to embrace Romney after publicly calling for conservatives.

    One either has standards and sticks to them or one contorts to try and fit the standards to ever more convoluted stances.

Politics causes insanity.

In retrospect, Coulter always was a bit flaky, but if she’s going to go all gung-ho on RomneyCare, she might as well endorse Obama.

Personally, I’m keeping a list of those so-called “conservative” pundits and web sites that, to me, seem to have gone around the bend for Mr. Romney in this cycle. So far, that list includes:

Drudge
Glenn Beck
Lucianne.Com
Rich Lowry
National Review
Jonah Goldberg
Ann Coulter
Karl Rove
Christine O’Donnell
Hot Air
Bob Dole
Jon Voight
Chris Christy
Jeff Flake
Pam Bondi
George H. W. Bush
David Frum
Powerline
Instapundit

and many more.

Loved it. Levin said his friend Coulter has become a “Romney zombie” in the first minute. Tough love.

If you want to be a national media pundit, you are one of many many aspirants to very very few slots.

Brooks, Rubin and Noonan attacked the problem by climbing the conservative media ladder and switching to center-left once they got up to the big time. Brooks and Rubin (and Kathleen Parker) were successful whereas Noonan’s attempt to become Obama’s press secretary failed. Too bad so sad.

Which suggests to me that Coulter views her next career step as becoming a mouthpiece for the RINO establishment.

Poor Ann — what went wrong? Kids from New Canaan are raised to demand much more for their soul than a Mitt Romney!

    Tamminator in reply to raven. | February 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Ann is a phony. I always argued this point with fellow consevatives.
    She acts like she fights the evil Dems, but she would whore herself out to anyone who gave her a stage.
    Hey, Huffington, you may have a future writer!

      spartan in reply to Tamminator. | February 2, 2012 at 12:27 am

      Tamminator

      You said: Hey, Huffington, you may have a future writer!

      There is only one problem with that idea; Ann Coulter will not write for no money. She could work for Media Matters, I understand they pay well and their top guy, David Brock, used to be a conservative.

Coulter made her bones attacking Clinton in the 90s. Bless her heart. But now she’s jumped the shark. Buh buh, Ann.

William, you have been smacking down Romney for quite some time, some legitimate, some partisan hyperbole.

You have yet to give a persuasive argument why anyone (barring the several anti-Mormon bigots you have occupying your comment section) should choose to support Gingrich over any of the other equally flawed candidates.

    PaterNovem in reply to bains. | February 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Not necessarily speaking for our host, it isn’t so much one or the other but rather why does it have to be someone who is demonstrably not conservative giving a poor portrayal of one in order to slide into the nomination. it is insulting to conservatives who follow politics who give a damn. I think at is what makes Levin so iirritated. Romney is no conservative, doesn’t understand it and really jdoesnt want to have anything to do with it, other than getting just close enoug to it to get elected. Gingrich certainly isn’t perfect, but he has engaged in government to ends that are much more conservative than anything Romney has done.

      PaterNovem in reply to PaterNovem. | February 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Sorry about all the typos. These iPads are nice but I can’t type worth a crap on it with the kids and dogs running around…

      I admit that Mitt is sub-standard. What I dont get is (aside from the several here with clearly anti-Mormon bigotry) why sub-standard Newt should be the overwhelming favorite.

      When I caucus next Tuesday (Colorado) – unless the Paulbots are out in force – I will vote for Santorum… because both Romney and Gingrich have huge non-conservative faults. This site has seemingly become dedicated to taking down Romney for the sake of Gingrich. I’ve yet to hear a persuasive argument why I should overlook Gingrich’s equally glaring faults.

        Tamminator in reply to bains. | February 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        Oh for God’s sake, Bain, I like Santorum too, but look at the numbers. He’s just NOT going to rise.
        Period.
        This is the weaning, and Santorum doesn’t cut it.
        Love the guy, but move on.
        Please.
        It’s like picking players on a team: You WEAN.

          Let me see if I have this right…

          You want me to not vote for a candidate that I like… in favor of a candidate that I don’t like, so that the candidate that you hate will fail (well aside from Ron Paul).

          Dont forget the endgame Tam.

        Hope Change in reply to bains. | February 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        Hi, bains, Tamminator is right. There have been many reasons given here to support Newt.

        The Professor’s endorsement, for one, which you now have before you, linked above.

        Assuming you’re sincere…? You know, my friend … it’s also up to you to become informed and make up your own mind.

        It’s self-government and we have to think things through at some point.

        I offer this link to 17 of Newt’s speeches in case you, or anyone, would like to listen to them. The reasons to vote for Newt are in the speeches.

        It means we have to do some work. Put in some time. The burden of self-government.
        http://newtgingrich360.com/profiles/blogs/2012-victory-or-death-newt-s-speeches-links-to-17-speeches

        On the other hand, it’s likely we won’t have to march through a snow storm with our feet wrapped in burlap, trailing blood, and cross a frozen river, with the password “victory or death.” Because in on Christmas Eve in 1776, George Washington and his little army of Americans did that for us.

        At least, I hope we never again have to do something like that to keep our freedoms.

        So, maybe listening to some speeches that tell us how we as Americans can team up together and restore our Republic to its Constitutional boundaries might be comparatively enjoyable.

        Some speeches with current events, some science and technology, some American history in the mix might actually be kind of interesting. Actually, I found them fascinating.

        –A glimpse into the plan that might save our country, restore our American energy policy, return us to the Laffer Curve sweet spot of high tax revenues and low tax rates, return manufacturing to the Untied States, shrink the federal government, return power to the states through enforcement of the 10th Amendment, return schools into the keeping of local school boards … it goes on and on.

        All this and more. In the speeches.
        Convenient links. Power at your fingertips. Voila! Presto!
        http://newtgingrich360.com/profiles/blogs/2012-victory-or-death-newt-s-speeches-links-to-17-speeches

          Hope Change in reply to Hope Change. | February 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm

          Oh. The Professor’s link is below this post, not above.

          Also, in response to your response, bains. Is the Professor your babysitter? The links are here day after day, to all kinds of material for you to make up your mind.

          It’s not enough to gathers your skirts around you and say you intend to vote for whoever the nominee is.

          If the nominee is Romney, it won’t matter if you nobly vote against Obama. It won’t matter that “we must defeat Obama.” Romney has no plan for how to defeat Obama. Romney is only clear on how he plans to try to defeat Newt.

          Obama will do to Romney what Romney is trying to do to Newt. Swamp him with money and distortions.

          The problem is, you don’t even need distortions to get lots of conservatives to not vote for Romney. They already won’t vote for Romney. So all that’s left is people who wanted to vote for Obama in the first place but now don’t think they should because Obama has been such a disastrous president.

          Romney is too much like Obama. Romney will lose to Obama. The money boys expect it. They don’t care. Their sweet deal will continue apace.

          You have to use your own heart and mind to figure this out. You have to exert yourself. It’s not enough to come here and ask others. People can give you links, and they do, every day, but you have to really ask yourself what you want for your country. What do you want for the future of those you love?

          The Professor can’t give you anything that takes away your need to do that.

          If you’re sincere, I wish you all the best on this quest.

        Milwaukee in reply to bains. | February 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

        With Newt, I know he will take the fight to 0bama’s door. I don’t see that fight in Santorum. Whatever Santorum’s positives are, I can’t see them out doing his negatives. He spent considerable time in Iowa and barely eked out a few vote margin of victory. Principles are wonderful, but vision and leadership count for more. Santorum is lacking either in having both or conveying both.

        Tamminator in reply to bains. | February 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm

        I’m not saying that you have to support Newt, but give up the hope that Santorum is going to win.
        It’s not going to happen.
        Nobody except us weirdo political nuts know who the guy is.

        And I love the guy, but it ain’t happening.

        Juba Doobai! in reply to bains. | February 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

        In spite of many missteps, Newt has genuine Conservative street cred and an actual history ofw sudden and relentless reform of government. Newt could have accomplished much much more had it not been for Bob Dole, David Bonior, and a craven GOP. Newt went down into the trenches and fought the good fight. He advanced the cause of Conservatism vigorously and pushed trough an admirable constitutional agenda. Santorum has a few deeds, Newt has many mighty ones. If Bob Dole had not sold him out on the government shutdown, we would not be I oiur present situation today.newt forced Clinton to declare the era of big government is over. Not Mitt Romney. Newt Gingrich did that. My candidate is Palin, but since she’s not in the race, and as long as he doesn’t do anything blatantly absurd, I’ll keep on looking at Newt because he has the record to back up the rhetoric.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to bains. | February 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I set forth my reasons when I endorsed him on November 16. Nothing has changed, other than Mitt running a nasty campaign. Here you go: https://legalinsurrection.com/2011/11/why-i-support-newt-gingrich/

      Thanks for providing the link, William. But again, I’ll note that your case for Gingrich is as much a case against Romney. I understand that you prefer Newt – please understand that I prefer neither. Both have faults, and I yearn for a persuasive case made, in entirety, for any of the putative wanna-be nominees.

      And unlike several of your commenters here, irrespective of who is the eventual nominee, I will be voting against an Obama second term – I am focused on the end game – any of our candidates would be worlds better than our current occupier in chief.

        Darkstar58 in reply to bains. | February 2, 2012 at 12:10 am

        although my longer post below in more detailed as to why no Conservative should vote for Mitt, here is why people should voter for Newt in one simple link:

        http://www.newt.org/contract/legislative-proposals

        It is everything Conservatives have said they wanted; and now they are ignoring it and instead allowing themselves to be force-fed a person who was, through his actual actions, Obama before there even was an Obama

    Tamminator in reply to bains. | February 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    He’s given many. You just refuse to read them.
    And anti-mormon rhetoric?
    Huh?

    You OBVIOUSLY don’t read this site much.
    And if you do, you focus on anti-mormon comments only.

    Romneycare is what Romney wants for the country.
    It’s Obamacare.
    Ignore it at your own peril.

    Darkstar58 in reply to bains. | February 2, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Newt has accomplished more for the Conservative Movement then any person currently alive today. His new Contract With America is something that almost unanimously Conservatives support, and if he was without “baggage” they would likely all endorse him in the race.

    Many claim this “baggage” makes him Un-electable though, so they instead jump to the only person they see as electable and simultaneously need to make the person with an actual plan and history of helping the Conservative Movement less appealing. (hence the idiotic lengths they go to destroy him while simultaneously staying as far away as possible from Romney’s actual record.)

    on the other hand…

    Mitt Romney is easily the least Conservative person the GOP has tried to lift up on a pedestal in the history of the party. Every single thing Obama has tried to pass, Mitt Romney had already accomplished while Governor of MA. He is the most Liberal Governor of the last 50 years accomplishment wise; between all of passing extreme Liberal Agenda policies, appointing Liberal and Activist judges, massive Tax, Fee and Fine increases, Environmental Agenda wise (bragging about being the first to pass Cap&Tax and all), propping up and paying off Planned Parenthood and forcing free Abortions and Contraceptive measures onto Church-related organizations. Everything Obama has wanted to do, Mitt has already done it…

    So yeah, if you are solely looking at the two – on one hand you have the man who, in actions, has done more for Conservatives then any other and on the other, you have a man who has done more for Liberals then any other. That is why.

    That said, it doesn’t even matter if you support Newt or Rick or Paul or want to write in Kermit the Frog – its voting for Mitt Romney that is the issue!

    There is no evidence anywhere that Mitt Romney will be one single ounce better then Obama. In fact, the only real difference between the two is one is honest about where he stands, while the other insists he is somehow Conservative.

    I am in the strong “Anybody But Obama” camp – and that means I am absolutely unable to vote for someone who has done everything Obama ever wanted to do and more! I am not willing to sell my soul just to have an (R) nest to President, and I will not vote for MA-Obama just to get rid of CHI-Obama.

    ThomasD in reply to bains. | February 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Romney is not merely a ‘flawed’ or weak conservative politician. I’ll grant that he’s an overall weak politician – losing far more than he has ever won.

    But most importantly he is not remotely conservative – he’s a left leaning Republican who has taken to mouthing bromides in this latest election because he thinks it his path to victory.

    He is substantially, and CONSISTENTLY more left than Gingrich – even at Gingrich’s most ‘progressive’ moments.

    A Romney candidacy in the general election will force the party to defend the indefensible (as this very Coulter post points out) and HE WILL LOSE (as Coulter herself has previously said.)

    All of which should make anyone ostensibly right leaning very very disturbed.

    Romney isn’t merely least-best he’s the worst of the remaining bunch.

StrangernFiction | February 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Sad

But in all this political mumbo-jumbo, the Good Professor once again failed to blog the big story. Peyton Manning is probably done for good.

This would not have happened if a certain regular here had been given a regular sports feature.

I’m just saying…

It’s the race card only now it’s anti-Mormon bigots instead of just plain bigots. The usual attacks made by Mormons who don’t like people talking about what they believe.

    it seems to me the only people supporting Romney are anti-Catholic bigots. Sad, too, even after all these years since JFK. 🙂

    katiejane in reply to ldwaddell. | February 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

    It’s amazing that Romney supporters think they should play the anto-Mormon card. No ine can deny that some sites have bigoted comments but personally I don’t visit sites where the basic content is always bigotry – whether race or religion or gender.

    As for Ann – you just have to shake your head and wonder if she has some deep need to be part of the power brokers. What is sad is that IF the GOP gets back in control, the party insiders are still going to think she’s a loon. Noonan is more their type of fawning female.

It used to be that people like me would be admonished by bloggers (like John Hinderaker at Powerline in 2008) that “conservatives don’t get to decide who becomes the GOP nominee”. Since then, most of these Republicans have somehow become the “voices of conservatism”. So it is clear that we matter. But we can think for ourselves.

What they don’t seem to understand is that we are not looking for the usual polymorphic chameleons to pander to us by saying the things we want to hear. And now hacks like Ann Coulter, having made millions writing books and giving speeches attacking Democrats with polemics, believe that they can command to conservatives or at least that they are entitled to our votes because they said the right things, Gingrich most certainly included.

Here’s the problem: authenticity. Listening to Romney and the rest of them just doesn’t ring with authenticity. For us conservatives, listening to these phonies feels like what blacks watching Lawrence Welk’s “Salute to Soul Music!” in the early 1970s must have felt like listening to Bob Feeney singing Motown Hits and watching Sissy and Booby dancing the various popular dances of that era. It just doesn’t work. For anybody. Same with phony politicians. They speak conservative with a liberal accent and using a liberal lexicon.

I used to look forward to Coulter’s column showing up in my inbox. Now I’ve had to cancel the auto-delivery. *sigh* Things change.

    Tamminator in reply to abenson229. | February 2, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I’ve said this for years to my Ann Coulter friends: You like her because she’s hot. If she was some damned old troll with wrinkles, you would have called her an idiot.

    I was right.

    She’s a sell-out who wants to sell books.
    And she’s not a conservative, she’s another bought and paid
    get–along-to-get-to-the-popular-party-republican.

    She HATES the tea party, because they speak the truth, and she speaks for a fee.

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | February 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Yep, after I read the Ann Coulter Romneycare loving blog on FoxNation, I knew Mr Jacobson would have it front and center.

Is there any doubt that these establishment RINO journalists, like Ann Coulter and her like minded ilk buddy Laura Ingraham, wave the banner and flag of the GOP RINO establishment, wherever they go and whatever they write, for which their position now is that they support and advocate the Democratic Party causes and agenda of  State Socialized Medicine, aka, Obamacare and Romneycare, aka, the liberal agenda..  Amazing.. 
 
They support govt take over to the entire private healthcare system in America, with a forced mandate against the Will of the Majority of the American people, as well as being unconstitutional, by shoving it down our throats..  and these RINO hack journalist drones proclaim it good and love it..  Hypocrisy at it’s best.
 
They mind as well just come out and say they are now liberal Democrats.  That would be an astonishing thing, as Ann Coulter’s self-proclaimed disdain for Liberals, is now exactly what she is..  How ironic..

And all for the perverse hatred of Reagan constitutional conservative Tea Party folks.  amazing..
 
This is what can happen to you, when one follows a RINO establishment political agenda, instead of values and principles based on the US Constitution, Freedom, and Liberty.

    Deep down, do these “conservatives” like Coulter and Ingram really believe 0bama when he said “You can keep your private health care, if you like it.”? Maybe they think everybody else will need to change, just not them?

    Around New Year’s we heard tapes of the Laura Ingram show. She had on Condalezza Rice. Rice may have been prominent in Republican administrations in the past, but she endorsed 0bama. I have never heard Rice explain that. So much for being a conservative. Yet Ingram would have her on the show.

Read the Coulter article a few minutes ago. It’s just sad.

These comments by Levin starting at 15:35 sum it up so well:

“Are we supposed to throw conservatism out the window altogether to defend Mitt Romney? It’s one thing to defend the man but it’s another thing to reject your own principles.”

I was always iffy about the way Coulter operated, always had her facts but usually ended with a zinger rather than salient points for her conclusion (which granted is her schtick, more power to her.) But she has become perhaps the greatest mystery of this primary season. I cannot fathom the the hoops through which she now jumps to defend the indefensible.

Romneycare was a mistake, a proven failure, and the completely wrong way to go about reform. Just say it! But if Romney stands by it, I guess his supporters must as well.

    Coulter has never been anything more than a Democrat-bashing polemicist. She should be filed in the “political entertainment” file. There is “truth” and there is “being factual”. They are not interchangeable. You can get all the facts right but lie. That is what Coulter does. Selective use of facts to promote a partisan narrative.

I guess Ann didn’t get the memo. According to Romney surrogate, Pam Bondi (Florida AG), RomneyCare has been and still is a stunning success! Ditto for Romney himself. Every interview I see with him, he’s all smiles and tickled to death with the success story that is RomneyCare.

Coulter just isn’t adding-up – as if this is a temporary charade to be “let out of the bag” later.

I got a mock-up of the cover of Ann’s next book (click HERE to view). Former fans may want to check it out.

Only thing I can think of is that Coulter’s personal finances have just reached the point that she no longer has to pretend (as we must suppose she was) she’s a conservative, and she may now abandon those who brought her to the dance.

I’ll let the reader decide what happened to make this so.

;o)>

    Hope Change in reply to Henry Hawkins. | February 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    HI, Henry Hawkins, well, that is certainly one possible explanation.

    I read that Bain was part of some group that got tons of bailout money.

    Are they now donating our former tax dollars — borrowed from China? — to Romney in order for Romney to spend these huge sums trying to swamp Newt?

    I imagine that’s what Obama plans… right? Use the donations from “friends” he’s given taxpayer money to?

    There is no difference between these campaigns, the style of the consulting, the strategies. Romney is just like Obama, only with less money and without the power of incumbency.

    He’s so electable.

    Tamminator in reply to Henry Hawkins. | February 2, 2012 at 12:07 am

    She will abandon ship like Arianna.
    At least Arianna is an admitted Ho.
    I suspect that Ann will follow suit for the buck.
    Just watch.

Ann Coulter had to be a little out of her mind to “date” Bill Maher in the first place and apparently what ever infection Maher had is now affecting Ann Coulter’s mind. I think some penicillin is in order.

I will not vote for Romney if he is the nominee. The GOP needs to get it through their heads that we will not be cowed to their bidding. I refuse to vote for evil even if one evil is lesser than another, the bottom line is they are both evil. So Mitt can take his hope that we will all rally round him in the general and put it where the sun don’t shine.

Will Coulter be the next Charles Johnson?

List of shows syndicated by Clear Channel. List of shows syndicated by Premiere Networks, which is owned by Clear Channel. Ann Coulter is a pundit who depends on being regularly invited on the controlled shows. More on this tainting of the conservative media at Acutemania.net.

In MA two out of every three adults like their healthcare. 88% of the doctors in MA say that since the enactment of healthcare there healthcare has either improved or stayed the same. Romneycare effects no one outside the borders of MA. If the people don’t like it in that state then they can pressure their legislature, governor to repeal it.

    Milwaukee in reply to tsr. | February 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Would you be so kind as to direct us to your source of information? So all these people are happy with Romney care. At what cost to the economy?

      The article below points out the problems with the health care law in MA, as well as how the people and doctors there generally like it.

      Again, it was created for that state, not the nation. Obama chose to use elements of it for his national health care plan, and it is giving him a two-prong advantage — he quickly was able to fabricate a national plan from one already out there in a state; and secondarily handily use it against the governor of that state, who he assumed would be his primary opponent during his reelection. Brilliant, especially if he has people out there who can’t seem to differentiate the plans.

      Has Mitt Romney’s MA health care law worked?

      Though the Massachusetts health care law has been panned by Republicans nationwide, local support for it remains steady.
      Two out of three adults in the state support the law, while 88 percent of doctors say it improved, or did not affect, the quality of care, per the BCBS survey.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to tsr. | February 2, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Auntie Obamba & Uncle Obombo like their health care enormously.

    They are not too keen on the MA weather & therefore support Global Warming or at least Boston warming.

    Jack Long in reply to tsr. | February 2, 2012 at 3:39 am

    people don’t like it in that state then they can pressure their legislature, governor to repeal it.

    Or they can get outta’ Dodge.

    Apparently, that’s what they have been doing.

    http://www.massinc.org/~/media/Files/Mass%20Inc/Research/Executive%20Summary%20PDF%20files/MassMigration_report_exec_summary.ashx

    Re: Romneycare economic impact:

    The archtect of Robamney care says DDSS in respect to the two plans, except that the US taxpayer pays for Romneycare.

    http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2011/11/4156059/architect-obamas-health-care-plan-fears-political-decision-supreme-

    Money quote:

    “The problem is there is no way to say that,” Gruber said. “Because they’re the same f—–g bill. He just can’t have his cake and eat it too. Basically, you know, it’s the same bill. He can try to draw distinctions and stuff, but he’s just lying. The only big difference is he didn’t have to pay for his. Because the federal government paid for it. Where at the federal level, we have to pay for it, so we have to raise taxes.”

    The linked article seems to show that Gruber is a dedicated proponent of Robamneycare, BTW. So monitor your BP before clicking

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, the libertarian viewpoint at Cato Institute offers this story and linked policy report:

    http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/romneycare-just-got-150-million-more-expensive/

    Notice the link at the end:

    http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa657.pdf

    What I took away from that report was that Romneycare affects the poor(er) and employers negatively, while assisting the middle income earners.

    I find that conclusion interesting in view of Romney’s gaffe yesterday.

    The spectrum of opinion is pretty wide in these links, so I suspect that the reality may lie somewhere in the middle.

Put all your comments in a time capsule. Dig it up and read them 5 year from now. I think the incredible digs at Coulter, for making a case that disagrees with your take on something, shows nothing but intolerance. You’re more like bullies than thoughtful conservatives!

    ThomasD in reply to tsr. | February 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    1. We’re still waiting for your source on the numbers you mentioned earlier…

    2. Calling a collection of people posting comments to a blog ‘bullies’ for opposing a nationally syndicated pundit – someone with routine access to print and broadcast media – might make you sound a bit more ridiculous than you intend.

RE Bains above and reasons to vote for Newt over the others. Among many reasons:

The last time Newt was in charge of the GOP and exerted significant influence on govt policy we had a balanced budget and the deficit was eliminated. Under current GOP establishment golden child Paul Ryan’s plan the budget isn’t balanced until 2040.

The last time Newt was in charge of the GOP and was in charge of govt policy fedl spending was at its lowest levels in the past 40 years, 18%. Again, under Ryan’s plan spending is still at 20% in 2022, an extra 400+B a year difference.

The last time Newt was in power unemployment was at 4% and we had 11,000,000 new jobs over 4 years.

The last time Newt was in charge of the GOP and had influence over govt policy even Bill Clinton declared “the era of big govt is over”

Newt helped deliver and was the lead Republican on the biggest and most successful entitlement reform ever. He was even on the verge in late 1997 of getting Clinton to defy his liberal base and agree to a deal to fix social security and medicare involving privatization, means testing, block grants and other conservative ideas(a conservative dream for decades)…and then the Monica thing broke in Jan of 98 and Clinton needed dem/liberal support to survive so that was the end of that.

In fact, just look at figures during Newt’s Speakership and in the time since when the GOP establishment ran the show, the same groiup that wants back in under Romney.

Newt helped pass the cap gains tax cut that spurred the 90s booom

Newt led conservatives and Republicans to arguably their biggest political victory ever

Newt has a proven track record of implementing conservative policy on the natl level. Of getting dems to buy in to some degree. Of getting the public to support the policies. Again, arguably the most successful track record of doing so among anyone now breathing, and by far the most successful of anyone in the current field

Newt in my view has the best understanding of the jihadist/islamic threat and the history behind it. Contrast to Romney who is on record as saying that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and jihad and is totally separate.

Newt has the best personal knowledge and most developed relationships with members of Congress(in both parties) of anyone in the field and I think that would be a huge benefit as President and being effective in getting legislation passed and policy implented. He won’t need any time to get to know people or how to work with them like Romney would. He already knows all of the key players. Heck, he was Boehner’s mentor in many ways. He could work with him immediately. Same with many of the other GOP leaders and even the Dem leaders know Newt and worked with him in the 90s. He’d be running smoothly on day one. Romney would take a bunch of time to get to know people, how to work wit hthem, what makes them tick, etc…

Newt dedicated his career to building conservatism and making it a successful governing philosophy and building a majority to implement it. He recruited and trained thousands of candidates through GOPAC. He founded the Conservative Opportunity Society in Congress in the early 80s that was the epicenter of conservative activism in the House. After Reagan, Newt is probably the most influential conservative/Republican political figure in the modern era(post-Watergate). If there’s a Mt Rushmore, he’s on it. Romney wouldn’t even be in that restaurant where Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint met in North by Northwest.

Newt stood up to his own party and defied Bush41 and the WH when it came to raising taxes. He led the GOP revolt. To this day Bush41 blames Newt in large measure for his defeat to Clinton.

On tax reform Newt has the boldest and most reform oriented proposals of the field

Newt has the record that will present the best contrast to Obama. Balanced budget vs highest deficits on record +4 straight years over 1 trillion dollars. Federal spending at lowest % in 40 yrs vs fedl spending at highest % ever. 4% unemployemnt vs 9% unemployment. 11 million new jobs vs 0 new jobs. 4 years of 4% GDP growth or better vs 4 years of GDP growth at 2% or worse. 4 of the best best years for the economy in US history vs 4 of the worst years for the eocnomy in US history. Entitlement reform vs creating a brand new entitlement. Working with dems to craft bipartisan legislation that has public support vs ramming bills through on straight party line votes that are deeply unpopular.

That’s just off the top of my head. There are many more reasons if I really thought about it.

Maybe tomorrow will be Hedgehog Day and Newt will nab the coveted Ron Jeremy endorsement.

Or will Trump see his shadow and announce another 6 weeks until he decides on his 3rd part yrun?

I am really starting to think that parody blog about Ann meeting that guy at the LA Farmer’s market is not a parody.

Tallking about parodies, The Donald is endorsing tomorrow. Probably Newt but who knows. I doubt this helps or hurts, provided The Donald is not endorsing himself to run as a third party.

BannedbytheGuardian | February 2, 2012 at 3:14 am

I always thought she is awfully like Phyllis Diller. Just needs an afro.

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Hey, everybody’s got their own tastes

She likes ’em bloated and full of waste

Coulter: Run Chris Christie or we’ll lose in 2012
The video speaks for itself. Ann: “If we do not run Christie in 2012, and instead run Romney, we lose” http://www.therightscoop.com/coulter-run-chris-christie-or-well-lose-in-2012/
I hate that she sold out. Saddens me, and assures I will miss her segment at CPAC.

(S)He is a fine friend. (S)He stabs you in the front. — Leonard Louis Levinson

Wow, Romney Zombies are giving Paulbots a run for their money in the “I’ll do anything to get my guy elected” department. Except at least the Paulbots are consistent, the Romney Zombies can’t even get that right.

If Ann thinks this is helping her career, she obviously doesn’t seem to understand who was buying her books.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Say_What. | February 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

    My thought was that her book money is now to the point she needn’t sell another to stay rich. Plus, by going the turncoat route, she opens up a whole new market for herself – all those people who would never buy a Coulter book now might.

Regardless of one’s feelings about Romneycare, hard to believe it isn’t a step – if not an entire staircase – above the morass that is Obamacare. Democrats hoping for a splintered GOP on this and other issues are partaking in their favorite pastime and, if history is any guide, greatly overestimating their chances for success in November … http://bit.ly/qVdDUt

I’ve never cared for hateful, mean hearted people and she is both. Maybe that is why she finds it so easy to critique liberals.

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I think the owner of Ann the Pit Bull should reel her back in. She is leaving scars all over the place.

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Midwest Rhino | February 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

O’Reilly said he asked Coulter off camera, why she went for Romney, and so hard against Newt. He said she just really doesn’t think Newt can beat Obama. That is basically what she said on Red Eye, with the additional slam that Tea partiers are birthers.

Phil Gramm was on this morning saying he thinks in retrospect they were too hard on Newt, because he was having to deal with Clinton and make big deals to get things done. He gave an example of how Newt would make one deal with the Republicans, then change it when dealing with Clinton, which is what peeved them enough to attempt the “coup”.

And Gramm and Krauthammer both say Newt is awesome at making the conservative case, when he is in that mode. They seem concerned about “wild Newt”, but Romney is not conservative even when doing his best act. And Romney has his own crazy side … expressing choice of insurance companies by saying “I like to fire people”.

Now he says he’ll make a nice comfortable safety net for the poor, instead of providing an rising economic tide to lift all boats. Mitt voices no vision of the poor rising up instead of being kept in social programs, because he is a liberal at heart.

Rush said “he comes across as the prototypical rich Republican”. Maybe that’s because he IS, but I’d say he is an out of touch liberal that believes in the welfare state, but is disguised as a Republican. Gingrich can instead make a brilliant case for the conservative beliefs, while dismantling the failed welfare state.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Midwest Rhino. | February 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

    US Senator Lindsey Graham (SC-R?) said the same about Newt, that he (Graham) had been too hard on Newt when he (Graham) was young and dumb, but now he better understands the incredible difficulty involved in being an effective Speaker.

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WarEagle82 | February 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm

“If only she were a cheap tramp. Ann, have you any idea what might have been…”

You are assuming she could shut her mouth long enough for anything meaningful to happen.

Christine O’Donnell endorsed Mitt? Seriously? I am having trouble believing that. Got a link?”

Toadying.

bains | February 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

“I admit that Mitt is sub-standard. What I dont get is (aside from the several here with clearly anti-Mormon bigotry) why sub-standard Newt should be the overwhelming favorite.”

You keep saying that but I have not seen any anti Morman bigotry. All I have seen is he is a leftist liberal who uses politicas of destruction and lies. I don’t care what religion he is a member of except islam. There you can call me a bigot if you like.

IMHO, Santorum is part of the establishment. Have any of his actions or statements ever said that he wasn’t. Sometimes I think he is a red herring used to scoop any votes from a real conservative (read non establishment). How he thought he could win this nomination is beyond me. He has no known name in other parts of the country. Probaby he ran for prestigue for when he runs for the senate or governor in Pa.

Ann Coulter is “in love” with Christie. What are the odds that this is the method to her madness. Romney has probably promised Christie the VP slot. And Ann will go with her idol to DC and to a neat job in the government… probably as press secretary to the VP. All these prominent people who are endorsing Romney have to have an ax to grind and it is not for us but themselves. They cannot possibly believe a) Romney is a conservative b) Romney is electable c) or that the base will vote for him. I should think the 2008 election would show the GOP that since so many people didn’t vote for president at all since McCain was the nominee.

One thing has puzzles me. One poll says 70% of the citizens are scared obama will be re-elected but he still has 40+ approval. This doesn’t make sense. Unless, of course, polls are rigged as I have always claimed. Don’t forget polls are part of the media too…and are, for the most part, dims. Sorry, I don’t know how to do the linky thing.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to BarbaraS. | February 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    We are supposed to believe that while medical and/or scientific studies can be bought and paid for, political polling cannot, which is ridiculous on its face.

The only thing I can think of that Romney has going for himself is that he is ruthless. He has to be to be part of a vulture capitalist company. The question is, “Who will he be ruthless against?”. Us or the enemy? Conservatives or the fifth column left? We already have a president who cares nothing about us or the country. Do we really want another one?

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Poor Ann. I hope it’s treatable, and wish her a speedy recovery.

Who is this driveler and what have they done with Ann? Ann must be tied up somewhere in a dark room. One of Obama’s henchmen is submitting these insane columns in support of Romney to guarantee Obama’s re-election. Call the FBI and report her kidnapped! Never mind, check the basement of the Hoover Building, the door that’s locked is where she is being held hostage.

Think about it, Since when does Ann Coulter agree with establishment Republicans???

That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

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