Last night, Ann Coulter joined Sean Hannity on Fox News to discuss her new book, Never Trust a Liberal Over Three — Especially a Republican. In Coulter’s newest collection of political essays, she targets the Tea Party, establishment Republicans, news media, and liberals, of course.
Coulter’s main focus in last night’s discussion with Hannity was the topic of Republican elections. In Coulter’s opinion, Republicans have focused too much on being “ideologically pure” and not enough on actually winning elections: “We’ve lost a lot of Senate elections. This is not a party that seems overly concerned with winning elections.”
So what does Coulter blame for this lack of election-winning? Tea Party members, establishment Republicans, and Republican consultants: “My argument is that, in chapter one here, is the problem is we have hucksters, shysters, people running off the Republican Party for their own self-aggrandizement, for their own egos, to make money. I would put Todd Akin, Newt Gingrich, Liz Cheney, Mark Sanford all in the same boat. Oh, and the consultants who persuaded Linda McMahon and John Raese to run …”
Coulter had an exceptional vendetta against Liz Cheney, stating, “Why should we be having — and I love Liz Cheney— but why should we be having a rancorous primary against a good Republican senator other than for Liz Cheney’s ego?” Sean Hannity took exception to this statement, stating that Liz Cheney had to run because she was more conservative, another point to which Coulter disagreed.
In a book review on HumanEvents.com, a site that frequently hosts Coulter’s articles, the authors states that Coulter urges Republicans to stop focusing on the “ideological purity” of its candidates, and simply focus on winning elections instead. This viewpoint is also reflected in her interview with Newbusters, in which Coulter blasts Mark Sanford for running for Representative when he had a tarnished reputation and could have potentially cost the Republicans a seat.
The book review also stated that Coulter is essentially asking Republicans to adopt Democratic tactics, such as the creation of strong narratives instead of talking points, without adopting their ideologies. Coulter’s call for winning more seats also stems from the experience with a Democratic super-majority at the beginning of Obama’s first presidency.
In the interview with Hannity, Coulter lambastes Obama and the Democrats for pushing through the vote for the ACA when they had 60 members in the Senate. Coulter believed that the move went against the majority of American beliefs. However, Coulter’s move to win more elections to be able to control the government represents the same ideology she is criticizing.
Moves like this demonstrate the fact that Coulter simply seeks to take advantage of any opportunities which come her way. Another prime example of Coulter’s shameless opportunity-grabbing deals with her stance on affirmative action. On her website, Coulter states, “Merely to be eligible for millions of dollars in grants from the federal government under Obamacare, education and training programs are required to meet racial, ethnic, gender, linguistic and sexual orientation quotas. That’s going to make health care MUCH better!”
Yet, in the before-mentioned interview with Newsbusters, Coulter praises Nixon for instituting quotas to hire blacks in the 1960’s: “Reading about the building trades back them, once you get to the part of Nixon saying, “That’s it. I’ve had it. We’re imposing quotas, timelines, on the building trades or they’re not going to get federal contracts,” I’m suddenly totally on his side.”
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