Coulter: I’ll vote for McCain — if he makes Romney VP

posted at 11:35 am on February 8, 2008 by Allahpundit

Well, it’s a better idea than picking a guy whose support is rabid in the right-wing blogosphere and nowhere else. What does Romney do for McCain on the ticket, though? Maverick needs help in the south, where Mitt couldn’t beat a one-trick pony like Huckabee. The Mormon thing is still sadly an issue, too. The best argument for Mitt has always been that he could conceivably stop the centrists like Mac and Huck, i.e. as an “anyone but” candidate. Now that we know he can’t, Coulter’s ongoing boosterism seems bizarre. Why not pick Mark Sanford or Crist or throw the Democrats a curveball by putting a woman or minority on the ticket to take some of the edge off the nominee on the other side?

She’s smart, though, to be thinking of this as a pathway to the nomination in 2012. McCain’s hinted at a one-term presidency and Mitt’s road is going to be rough even with three years of careful positioning. As his advisors now concede, and as the Letterman clip below demonstrates to ample effect, his problem’s always been authenticity — to the point where they now admit they “overcompensated” by tacking too far right on social issues and immigration(!). (Still excited, Ann?) The problem is, if Mitt Romney v2.0 was too phony, how is Mitt Romney v3.0 going to play? If he inches back towards the middle and remakes himself as the technocrat, economist, and counterterrorist his core supporters like Barnett were hoping for all along, he won’t be a flip-flopper, he’ll be a flip-flop-flipper. Good luck, Mitt.


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throw the Democrats a curveball by putting a woman or minority on the ticket to take some of the edge off the nominee on the other side?

George P Bush!!

Kidding, kidding.

Tanya on February 8, 2008 at 1:14 PM

McCain could use a minority veep like Rice, Watts, or Steele to go after Obama (whether he’s slotted for POTUS or Veep) on substantive issues hard, without giving any libs the opportunity to attack our party for being racist….basically nominating an African-American Veep would completely overturn part of Noonan’s argument this morning.

Shirotayama on February 8, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Good point – although I don’t take Noonan’s latest episode of Hillary-hatred and Obama-swooning all that seriously. It’s less clear to me that a) Obama is the likely winner, and b) he’s made of teflon. It’s underrated in these parts, but McCain enters the fray with his own resources of personal credibility and just a bit of political experience.

Anyway, Mac’s got seven months if he wants them to make his Veep decision. Why shouldn’t he hold out the prize as long as possible, waiting to see how the Dems sort out, and waiting to see how far the Ann’s and Rushes are willing to crawl?

CK MacLeod on February 8, 2008 at 1:25 PM

First of all, it’s not an “infatuation”. One thing to her credit, she did not wait until the last minute to support Mitt.

Secondly, I believe her opposition to Fred was based on CFR, not tort reform, but I could be wrong.

Buy Danish on February 8, 2008 at 12:54 PM

When she goes from railing against McCain and saying she’d campaign for Hillary over McCain to saying she’d vote for McCain if and only if he picked Romney as a running mate, I don’t think “infatuation” is all that inaccurate.

And in the segment I watched, it was tort reform she brought up. But even on CFR- how is it that she was unwilling to give Fred a pass for his change in position but eager to dismiss Romney’s past transgressions against conservativism? To say that Thompson isn’t a conservative but Romney is seems odd to say the least.

I don’t hold it against her for supporting Romney over McCain as lesser of two evils, but face it- Romney isn’t exactly the conservative movement stalwart you’d think he’d have to be for such a strong endorsement from Ann Coulter.

Hollowpoint on February 8, 2008 at 1:29 PM

I’m sorry, but what a dumb bitch. She savages McCain for years and years, and suddenly thinks she is going to pick his VP for him?

And Romney is the classic example of the Northeastern Rockefeller moderate Republican that Coulter supposedly holds in such disdain.

She said after CPAC of 2/2007 that Romney was he man and that she wouldn’t support Giuliani VS Hillary.

Something tells me that Ms. Coulter has spent a wee bit too much time on the NYC/DC cocktail party circuit.

funky chicken on February 8, 2008 at 1:37 PM

I think a good choice would be: Kay Bailey Hutchison. She is a Southerner, and female. And she would lock in those 32 Texas electoral votes.

SunSword on February 8, 2008 at 1:00 PM

I agree that she should be on short list. However, if the GOP is using its VP pick to lock down Texas, it is in more electoral trouble than I thought. A woman on the ticket would be very helpful. Someone who can help with the Rust Belt would also be very helpful.

dedalus on February 8, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Did Ann get some work done? She looked hot.

SpencerFan on February 8, 2008 at 1:40 PM

McCain could use a minority veep like Rice, Watts, or Steele to go after Obama

Maybe, but I doubt it would translate into votes for the GOP which has lately had a hard time getting 10% of the black vote. I think a woman would be a better choice. I’m assuming Obama at the top of the ticket and Hillary as the Dem VP. Two old white guys might look pretty tired to the electorate.

dedalus on February 8, 2008 at 1:42 PM

I would like to see Steele for VP. I have been a big fan of Steele since his run for the senate. I think he will be a player in GOP politics over the next few cycles. Looking back I wish he would have run this time.

chief on February 8, 2008 at 1:48 PM

When Romney dropped out, which seemed so sudden and unlikely, I was of the opinion that he had made a deal with McCain to get the VP slot. His dropping out so soon would pre-empt Huckabee, who is clearly after it. Romney would add his funds and knowledge of the economy to McCain’s ticket, along with support from conservatives like Coulter who couldn’t abide Huckabee.

NNtrancer on February 8, 2008 at 1:51 PM

I don’t hold it against her for supporting Romney over McCain as lesser of two evils, but face it- Romney isn’t exactly the conservative movement stalwart you’d think he’d have to be for such a strong endorsement from Ann Coulter.

Hollowpoint on February 8, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Me thinks Ann needs to keep her name in lights….

AprilOrit on February 8, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Maybe, but I doubt it would translate into votes for the GOP which has lately had a hard time getting 10% of the black vote.

If the superdelegates decide for Hillary (and she’s not going to pick Obama as Veep) and the black voters, which are already having their issues with the Clintons, feel like Obama got jobbed by the Clinton machine, you’ve got a whole ‘nother story.

Pablo on February 8, 2008 at 1:55 PM

When Romney dropped out, which seemed so sudden and unlikely…
NNtrancer on February 8, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Sudden and unlikely? People were speculating over whether he’d drop out before the final Super Tuesday votes were even counted because it was pretty clear that he couldn’t win on delegates.

His only chance would’ve been to drag things out till the Sept convention and hope a brokered convention fight led to his nomination- unlikely in itself, and badly crippling the chances for a Republican win in November as a result.

Hollowpoint on February 8, 2008 at 1:59 PM

All Obama would have to do is say ?”Why vote for a Black guy for VO when you can have a black President” and steele would be dead in the water. He isnt a good pick.

Condi rice has baggage and lately has been very big on backing the palistinians. Most of the conservative women are also un inspiring.

William Amos on February 8, 2008 at 1:59 PM

John Kaisich? You’re joking right?

Zetterson on February 8, 2008 at 1:08 PM

nope he soliding conservative, He knows a great deal about government and economics (where McCain is weak) and hes still young and can appeal to yuppies. He can pull young voters to the republican party with his wonky talk.

William Amos on February 8, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Sanford is a golden pick. The South? check. Fiscal conservative? check Social conservative? check Doesn’t hate McCain? check.

Golden. Steele didn’t win his race for the US Senate. Picking him will look like tokenism, even though he is very bright, very conservative, and a great guy. I like Steele very, very much, and am not trying to dump on him, but just looking at what people would say, and would be fairly believable.

funky chicken on February 8, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Well, nominating a minority veep doesn’t necessarily mean that it will gain a whole lot for the GOP. Republican presidents appointed Clarence Thomas for SCOTUS and Colin Powell and Condi Rice for SecState and Rod Paige as Sec of Education and what kind of effect did that have on minority voters? Zilch. Of course, they weren’t ‘candidates’, but still, I don’t know that you would see a real groundswell. The VP nominee won’t be debating the POTUS nominee on television.

CP on February 8, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Steele didn’t win his race for the US Senate. Picking him will look like tokenism, even though he is very bright, very conservative, and a great guy. I like Steele very, very much, and am not trying to dump on him, but just looking at what people would say, and would be fairly believable.

funky chicken on February 8, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Tokenism…that’s a good word to describe it. I agree. I like him, but tokenism is how it might appear.

CP on February 8, 2008 at 2:15 PM

The Mormon thing is still sadly an issue, too.

Allahpundit

Why sadly? What is wrong with voters weighing a candidate’s beliefs in their decision? Especially when those beliefs border on being a cult.

Would you vote for a President who believed in Scientology? Aum Shinrikyo? Militant Islam?

Our constitution provides freedom of religion, but it doesn’t require people to vote for candidates regardless of whether they find their religious beliefs nutty or offensive.

cool breeze on February 8, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Republican presidents appointed Clarence Thomas for SCOTUS and Colin Powell and Condi Rice for SecState and Rod Paige as Sec of Education and what kind of effect did that have on minority voters?
CP on February 8, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Not to belabor the point – since I agree with your specific argument on tokenism or its appearance – but prying the African American voting bloc from the clutches of the Dems won’t take place as a result of any one, two, three, of fifty gestures. If and when it occurred – the point that blacks start voting R at anywhere near the rate that the rest of the population does – it would likely be in the aftermath of one or more tipping point events against the background of general cultural, social, and economic evolution. Before that could happen, the foundations of the Dem monopoly will have to have taken place beneath the surface – and Condi, Powell, and Thomas all will have helped in the process, along with many lesser names.

CK MacLeod on February 8, 2008 at 2:44 PM

What does Romney do for McCain on the ticket, though?

Uh…read between the lines.

It’s obvious and simple: he takes over as Prez if McCain…ehm…goes to that big Senate in the sky.

fossten on February 8, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Oops – the word “undermined” was supposed to have appeared in that last sentence – hope you understood anyway.

CK MacLeod on February 8, 2008 at 2:45 PM

I would like to see Steele for VP. I have been a big fan of Steele since his run for the senate. I think he will be a player in GOP politics over the next few cycles. Looking back I wish he would have run this time.

chief on February 8, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Steele is an impressive guy, I`d like to see him on the ticket. If not now, perhaps 2012?

ThePrez on February 8, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Sudden and unlikely? People were speculating over whether he’d drop out before the final Super Tuesday votes were even counted because it was pretty clear that he couldn’t win on delegates.

His only chance would’ve been to drag things out till the Sept convention and hope a brokered convention fight led to his nomination- unlikely in itself, and badly crippling the chances for a Republican win in November as a result.

Hollowpoint on February 8, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Romney said in the aftermath of black Tuesday that he’d fight all the way to the convention. He also sent out a message that even if Huckabee won all the remaining delegates, he’d still come up short of the required number. Then there was the bid to get Huckabee to drop out so as to avoid splitting further the conservative vote. Looked to me like he was still in it.

NNtrancer on February 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM

I`ve never understood the anti-Mormon issue. Are people afraid he`ll force convert people to his faith? Did he try that in Mass? How did that work out?

ThePrez on February 8, 2008 at 3:08 PM

I`ve never understood the anti-Mormon issue. Are people afraid he`ll force convert people to his faith? Did he try that in Mass? How did that work out?

ThePrez on February 8, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Actually, Mormons are quite agressive about proselytizing. Its one of the reasons they are disliked by many other Christian denominations.

Romney did his missionary work in France, so it’s not likely he got too many people to convert to a religion that forbids coffee, cigarettes, and booze.

cool breeze on February 8, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Coulter: I’ll vote for McCain — if he makes Romney VP

What is she a terrorist?

A suicide voter?

Come on Ann.. You’re better than this.

Chakra Hammer on February 8, 2008 at 3:26 PM

The Mourning Period is over.

Lets get our act together and battle towards Victory.

Chakra Hammer on February 8, 2008 at 3:30 PM

The Mourning Period is over.

Lets get our act together and battle towards Victory.

Chakra Hammer on February 8, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Uh…what’s the prize if we win? A liberal in charge who Republicans will be pressured to be loyal to?

How is that anything but a loss? At least if Hillary wins the Reps in Congress will have more freedom to oppose.

Even if we win, we lose.

fossten on February 8, 2008 at 3:33 PM

We need to win in Nov in the house & senate. THAT is how you stop a President that makes bad decisions.

kcd on February 8, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Romney said in the aftermath of black Tuesday that he’d fight all the way to the convention.
NNtrancer on February 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM

They always deny that they’re going to drop out… until they announce that they’re dropping out.

Hollowpoint on February 8, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Why not…throw the Democrats a curveball by putting a woman or minority on the ticket to take some of the edge off the nominee on the other side?

I’ve got Alan Keyes stickers that need to be used! Listen to this guy!

We need to win in Nov in the house & senate. THAT is how you stop a President that makes bad decisions.

kcd on February 8, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Amen. We need to save the Congress, because it’s not going to be smooth sailing for the next four years. It’s going to be an all-out battle, and the sooner we’re ready, the better.

P.S. No McCain, not ever. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If he wants for president of Mexico, then he’s got my support. Otherwise, never.

emailnuevo on February 8, 2008 at 4:07 PM

We need to win in Nov in the house & senate. THAT is how you stop a President that makes bad decisions.

kcd on February 8, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Not if they follow the President….

AprilOrit on February 8, 2008 at 5:12 PM

I’ll vote for McCain…

If he gives back free speech and promises to keep his damn hands off the Constitution.

Otherwise, I can’t see trusting him.

gekkobear on February 8, 2008 at 5:13 PM

The sad part is that back when it would have made a difference Mitt could not get the people to support him who are now oh so sad that he has withdrawn.

A lesson to be remembered in 2012.

Labamigo on February 8, 2008 at 5:22 PM

God bless Chairman Ann!!!

MichelleFanClub on February 8, 2008 at 7:47 PM

If McCain picks wrong, and chooses a limp liberal like Crist or Huckabee, those mourning Romney’s exit will look hysterically happy to the bleating that will go on when Mav gets shot down in November. The MSM had their way with our primary process, and it became a popularity contest: who looked better on Leno, who had which endorsement, etc. etc. McCain is a one trick pony, and principled people don’t vote based solely on fear. At this early stage in the process, McCain has offered no unifying reason for the entire party to vote for him.

Cold Steel on February 8, 2008 at 10:39 PM

Ann, I love ya, but I think you need to take a pill and lie down for a while.

labrat on February 9, 2008 at 12:24 AM

What???!!! A column critical of Mitt Romney????!!!!!

BLASPHEMER!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU LIBERALLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Didn’t you get that fun foam catcher’s mitt glove at CPAC??? Wasn’t that enough for your vote???? What’s wrong with you????????????????????????

/sarcasm

Lothar on April 30, 2008 at 8:29 PM

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