Here is Ann Coulter’s piece, “What’s Their Problem with Romney?”
Ann Coulter wrote a piece asking, “What’s Their Problem with Romney?” There were several parts of her piece that showed her disconnect with the GOP base. This post will address some of her comments.
Ann Coulter brought up Romney’s health care strengths:
“Romney pushed the conservative alternative to national health care that, had it been adopted in the 49 other states, would have killed Obamacare in the crib by solving the health insurance problem at the state level.”
So she is arguing that if RomneyCare were implemented in the other 49 states, then ObamaCare would never been birthed. That is a ridiculous statement. First of all, growing the power and control of state governments over health care is the answer? That is not a conservative argument. Also, having RomneyCare in all of the states is no guarantee of not having ObamaCare; the Democrats were hell bent on their “wet dream” of universal health care, even if the public did not want it.
Coulter brought up the fact that Romney has never worked in Washington:
“Unlike actual Establishment candidates, Romney has never worked in Washington, much less spent his entire life as a professional politician.”
In “What is the ‘GOP Establishment’?”, I addressed this issue of where you work does not determine if you are a part of the GOP Establishment. The Establishment is a mindset of wanting the GOP to maintain power and control of the government because it’s their turn to run and grow the “Leviathan”.
Coulter brought up again that some of the major radio hosts are not backing Romney this time around, but they backed him in 2008:
“The No. 1 conservative talk-radio host in America, Rush Limbaugh, is critical of Romney, and another top conservative talk-radio host, Mark Levin, is adamantly against Romney — though both Limbaugh and Levin supported Romney as the conservative alternative to John McCain in 2008, and Romney has only gotten better since then.”
The problem with this argument is that she conveniently leaves out one critical factor in their decisions, the field. When Mitt Romney is running against John McCain, and Mike Huckabee, Romney started to look like the most conservative candidate. This time around Romney is running against Newt Gingrich (who has a conservative record on results), and Rick Santorum who is “Mr. Social Conservative”, Mitt starts to look like a moderate even if it is not true.
Coulter is making sense on this important point, but it proves my point earlier on the difference between the GOP field in 2008 and 2012:
“Just four years ago, one Republican candidate for president was avowedly pro-abortion (Rudy Giuliani). One had opposed Clinton’s impeachment and tort reform (Fred Thompson). One supported amnesty for illegals, restrictions on core First Amendment speech, federal laws to combat nonexistent global warming, and opposed Guantanamo and the Bush tax cuts (“tax cuts for the rich!”) and called waterboarding ‘torture.'”
That last one was our nominee: John McCain.
I rest my case on why people once loved Mitt are now kind of meh on him now.
Here Ann Coulter attacks people for questioning the judgment of the GOP Establishment:
“This strange new version of right-wing populism comes down to reveling in the feeling that you are being dissed, hoodwinked or manipulated by the Establishment (most of which happens to oppose Romney) the same way liberals want to believe that ‘the rich,’ the ‘right-wing media’ and Wall Street Republicans (there are three) are victimizing them.”
With the record of going with “The Next in Line”, people have a right to question their preferences. They are interested in maintaining power and control of the government. We may have some common goals, but their first goal is to justify their jobs, existence, etc. Solving the problem ends their purpose. I think a healthy skepticism is good for the conservative cause.
This post is an attempt to show Ann Coulter why she is way off base. In Part 3, I will explain why I think folks just are not happy with Romney as their GOP nominee.