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Tricky Mitt

I like the fact that he [Romney] tricked liberals into voting for him. ~Ann Coulter [1]

I like the fact that Ann Coulter can be so easily duped by the Romney campaign’s spin about his rank opportunism.  Presumably he voted for Paul Tsongas and donated money to Democrats as part of the elaborate ruse!  Isn’t there something a little bit strange about this kind of “endorsement”?  Who was the last nationally-known Republican frequently associated with the word trick?  Hint: it wasn’t Reagan, and it wasn’t complimentary!

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#1 Comment By daninardmore On March 2, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

I just don’t understand people like Ann Coulter, or Laura Ingraham, for that matter. When Ann is bashing liberals–admittedly, they are an easy target–or setting the record straight on the McCarthy era, she is one of our better polemicists since H. L. Mencken. But I’m at a loss to grasp the mental gymnastics she must have to go through to be such a vehement Bush supporter, much less to understand her latest on Romney.

#2 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On March 2, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

She can be wickedly funny, but with Ann as with Rush Limbaugh, its show business.

#3 Comment By Daniel Larison On March 2, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

I don’t assume that she’s entirely cynical about it, but I have good reason to believe that there’s no big market for conservatives bashing Bush. There ought to be a huge market for it, but since there isn’t the entertainers in the conservative world will choose the targets that will win her the biggest following.

The entertainment angle makes sense. More than that, I think she enjoys making people squirm and jump about in feigned outrage. Witness the reaction to her, um, description of Edwards, which is predictably all the more vehement on the Republican blogs. It seems to me that it was only a matter of time until something like this happened, what with the Edwards’ YouTube about his hair floating around out there.

Coulter can use the Ozzie Guillen defense: “I’m sorry if I ‘offended’ [makes air quotes with his hands] anybody, but I still think he’s a piece of s***.” Nobody objected to Guillen trashing Mariotti (and who would?), just as no one really cares about the mocking of Edwards. It’s the use of that word in particular that has everyone up in arms. Presumably if she called him a godless traitor, as she would normally do, that would be perfectly acceptable to many of her colleagues on the right, because to their minds he *is* a godless traitor. But you can’t use that other word. That would be so inappropriate!

#4 Comment By Daniel Larison On March 2, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

What must Tricky Mitt have thought of Coulter’s remark, since he always makes a point of talking about how tolerance for homosexuals is so important to him? That must make her roundabout endorsement rather, well, tricky for him to accept, but I’m sure if there’s someone who can hold both sides of the question it is our man Mitt.