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    Saturday Night Card Game (Ann Coulter plays birther card on Tea Party for not supporting Romney)

    Saturday Night Card Game (Ann Coulter plays birther card on Tea Party for not supporting Romney)

    “Bombastic” is Ann Coulter’s favorite new word in attacking Newt Gingrich.  (irony noted)

    Coulter was on O’Reilly last night lambasting Newt as “bombastic” with no policy accomplishments.

    Mark Levin, no supporter of Newt, has come to his defense, much as Andrew McCarthy dissented from National Review’s hit job on Newt.

    The full audio is at Right Scoop.  It is a must listen-to, and reflects what I hope will be a growing backlash (emphasis mine):

    [Coulter] won’t even give the man credit for what he has achieved! Taking back the House from 44 years of Democrat monopoly was never thought possible and in doing so he had to defeat the Republican establishment! You can’t even give him that?

    No they can’t, because they have a hate-on. They have a hate-on. …

    Do you know why I resent this? Because now we have a bunch of bullies running around. And Giuliani was 100% right. They’re trying to turn this guy into a crazy man.

    And I resent it and I resist it! He’s not even my guy and I resent it and I resist it!

    Coulter, who told us just 11 months ago that Romney was certain to lose to Obama, has become the face of the anti-Newt strategy of crazy, at least on Fox News.

    Now Coulter has turned on the Tea Party as well, claiming that supporters of the Tea Party movement do not support Romney because they want someone not just to go birther on Obama, but to do so bombastically (h/t HotAir):

    Pemmaraju pressed Coulter on Romney’s conservatism, adding that the Tea Party has resisted him strongly, an indication he may not be as conservative as she thinks. Coulter replied that the Tea Party was “wrong about this” because “they’re looking at who is going to go around bombastically demanding to see Obama’s birth certificate or calling him a Kenyan,” instead of substance. She added that “Rick Santorum and [Rick] Perry are very bad on illegal immigration” despite being considered more conservative.

    Like Glenn Beck, Coulter is playing the race card on Tea Party supporters, and not just those who support Newt.

    Some in the conservative media who support Romney are becoming his worst enemies, and destroying their own credibility in the process.  When Ann Coulter calls Tea Party members birthers for not supporting Romney, the end is near.

    Listen to audio starting at 4:00 mark:


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    Csimpson | December 18, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I wrote about Ann’s hypocritical slam of “birthers” in her book, Demonic, in this column:

    “Birther Card: Coulter’s Turn”

    “The liberal mob, writes Coulter, views Americans as ‘either enlightened truth-seekers or racist, paranoid haters.’ Yet with the stroke of her pen she similarly dismissed, Alinsky-style, those who question any facet of Obama’s eligibility as idiots, thereby joining the very mob she abhors.”

    Csimpson | December 18, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Regarding the “birthers are fracturing the GOP” mantra,” if conservative pundits and politicians would simply point out that most “birthers” have a valid Constitutional question (which was true for McCain), much of the “fracture” would not exist. Conservatives who buy into the liberal label of “birthers” as kooks or racist or only believing in conspiracy myths about a foreign birth, feed right into the liberals hands.

    The natural born citizenship question is just as valid as the “birthright citizenship” and anchor baby issue–does a birth in the US, to anyone, regardless of the citizenship or domicile status of the parents–entitle one to citizenship, much less the specific type of “natural born” citizenship the Constitution requires for the Presidency? The two-parent requirement has much in history and the law to support it. It is not crazy.

    I truly believe, that under the larger umbrella of the need for immigration reform, that a smart GOP candidate could control the spin, properly framing the “birthers” issue as a legitimate question of respect for our Constitution and the citizenship laws in our country, completely steering clear of the birth certificate itself.

    That would drive the liberals crazy, and heal the fracture that many in the Tea Party, who have primarily focused on a return to Constitutional principles, have felt as a betrayal by their politicians and prominent pundits.

      janitor in reply to Csimpson. | December 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

      If I read another slobber piece about Romney’s looks… shades of a previous election? As if the media is choosing a spokes model for the other side. I can see the framing now — beleaguered diversity other community organizer for the 99% versus Ken doll for the nasty privileged 1%. This will work well (not): “Uh huh huh, well as you know, uh, uh, I spent my life in the private sector…”

    […] Why I Won’t Vote For Mitt Romney Posted on December 18, 2011 3:30 pm by Bill Quick » Saturday Night Card Game (Ann Coulter plays birther card on Tea Party for not supporting Romney) … [Coulter] won’t even give the man credit for what he has achieved! Taking back the House […]

    Henry Hawkins | December 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Anecdotal, but I belong to a TP org with a catchment area of two rural NC counties. We have about 2200 registered members, though only about 1200 participate with any regularity, and usually 500 or less at any single event – it’s akin to a Mayberry population, OK?

    Still, I can’t remember the last time any member brought up Obama’s birth question except as a joke. It’s a non-issue in our groups.

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