In a column entitled “If Not Romney, Who? If Not Now, When?,” Ann Coulter laid out her stunningly unconvincing case in favor of Willard “Mitt” Romney. What Coulter seems incapable of grasping is that the base of the party will not accept Romney, and may even abandon the party if he is the nominee. Coulter’s argument is that Newt Gingrich sucks, so therefore, we must now accept Romney. She attempts to herd readers into supporting Romney on the basis that Obamacare won’t be overturned if we don’t win the White House in 2012. I’ve seen this coming for some time, but it seems many conservatives won’t flinch this time. They shouldn’t. We will not win the White House in 2012 with a moderate, progressive, flip-flopping Romney, and as I explained at length recently, it is because Romney is an ideological zero. Conservatives are not satisfied with Willard, and the establishment’s attempt to scare them into Romney’s arms has begun to anger them. Coulter is speaking for them, but not you.
Coulter’s biggest criticism of Gingrich comes from the flap over his consultancy with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Gingrich earned $300,000 in consulting fees, personally, while his company was paid a total of around $1.6 million. The conclusion being drawn from Coulter(and others) is that this is evidence of some sort of crony capitalism, but given Gingrich’s history of consulting, think-tanking, and similar activities, it may not be a stretch to believe that this was a legitimate consultancy.
After assailing Newt, she moves on to make her case about Romney and Obamacare, and makes some rather bombastic claims on Romney’s behalf:
“The mainstream media keep pushing alternatives to Mitt Romney not only because they are terrified of running against him, but also because they want to keep Republicans fighting, allowing Democrats to get a four-month jump on us.
“Meanwhile, everyone knows the nominee is going to be Romney.”
Coulter seems rather certain of herself, but I remain unconvinced. Coulter reduces criticisms of Romney to “Romneycare and Mormonism.” To be honest, I don’t know anybody who is criticizing Willard on the latter, because most Americans are relatively accepting of religions that are not their own. Romneycare is another matter, however, and it’s not the only instance of his statist reflex. There was the “Welfare Wheels” program, among other things I’ve covered, and of course the whole flap over the illegal immigrants hired by his landscaping contractor, who he publicly chastised, continued to use, and who ultimately brought illegal aliens back to work on Romney’s lawn. I’m sorry, but I don’t view Romney as a conservative. Among conservatives, he’s consider a “Mush” Republican, a “Repubic,” and a “RINO.” I think that’s a fair assessment, so that I am baffled by Coulter’s unceasing support of this sort of Republican.
Coulter has long claimed to be a conservative, but I have serious doubts about her claim. She couldn’t wait to bash Sarah Palin’s voice, or anything else that may have displeased her. She spent the majority of 2011 pushing the notion of a Chris Christie candidacy, and as soon as Christie announced he would not run, but would instead endorse Romney, Coulter spent a five minutes one day in mourning for the Christie candidacy that would not be, but then jumped into supporting Romney. I don’t trust Romney, like many conservatives, and the reason is simple: Mitt Romney goes out of his way to avoid staking out positions that we can later reference when he ultimately screws conservatives. It’s what the establishment does. It puts me in a mind to remember the words of another conservative who had some troubles with progressive Republicans:
“I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!” –Warren G. Harding
Of course, with Coulter on the warpath for Romney, arguing that only Willard can save us from Obama, I am likewise reminded of Harding’s Vice President and successor, Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge, who famously said:
“When a man begins to feel that he is the only one who can lead in this republic, he is guilty of treason to the spirit of our institutions.” –Calvin Coolidge