Coulter: Perry won’t live up to expectations

posted at 9:25 pm on August 12, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Given that Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to announce his presidential candidacy tomorrow, my ears have been especially perked for mentions of his name out here in Iowa. So far, he’s only come up a couple of times, but those comments — not surprisingly — suggest Iowans, at least, feel slighted at his decision to skip the debate and straw poll. They don’t seem to feel obligated to welcome him here when he arrives on Sunday, either.

Yesterday, for example, at a pre-debate event hosted by The Heritage Foundation, Rep. Steve King told us he thinks Perry’s decision to declare in South Carolina and to skip out on this week in Iowa was a “colossal blunder.” That might be wording it a little strongly, but it does still raise the question: Will Perry lose more than he’ll gain with the mode and timing of his declaration?

All of the obvious observations come into play here: Sure, he’s not satisfying the parochial concerns of Iowans, whose (rightful) pride in their state (it’s quite nice!) and its “first in the nation” status obscures their perspective on this. But he is setting himself up, immediately, to receive equal media attention as the respective winners of last night’s debate and tomorrow’s straw poll, thereby establishing himself as a top-tier candidate (which, based on polling, we always knew he would be anyway). It’s late enough in the game for voters to begin to be ready to narrow the field down and Perry, by the timing of his entrance, has basically guaranteed he’ll make the cut. But it’s also early enough to ensure voters — even Iowans — have forgotten his neglect of the straw poll by caucus time.

From my vantage point here in Ames, Perry hasn’t made a mistake at all. Of course, he’ll still have to perform. One of the reasons I was so reluctant to declare him the de facto winner of last night’s debate stems from my dislike (however unfounded) of what I call “the declaration dance.” Some part of me wishes everybody who wanted in had to declare on the same day, just so candidate comparisons could be a bit more fair and accurate. It’s possible Perry will pale in comparison to the other candidates as soon as voters see him on the campaign trail or standing on the national debate stage.

Now, I don’t personally see that happening. Like Sarah Palin, I am “enthused” that Perry has decided to run — and think he would make a formidable opponent to President Barack Obama. But it is possible — and, in fact, at least one prominent pundit has declared it probable.

“You’ll see Rick Perry,” Ann Coulter said today on Sean Hannity’s radio show. “He won’t live up to expectations and the American people will throw themselves into the arms of Chris Christie. That’s my scenario.”

Of course, Coulter’s comments reflect her determination to see Chris Christie enter the race at least as much as they reflect any kind of negative appraisal of Perry (and she said the whole sentence somewhat laughingly), but still, her comments come as an important reminder. The presidential campaign process is, in fact, grueling. Perry will probably withstand it with grace and presence — he seems like gold to me, tough and solid — but he could also fade.

That’s just one reason to hope the candidates here in Iowa get their acts together again and appear tomorrow at the straw poll a little more like the bunch who appeared on the stage in New Hampshire — informed, energetic and solutions-oriented. It’s also a reason to appreciate more fully that Romney still appeared presidential on the stage last night. And it’s a reason to look forward to the competition to come, because, even if that competition causes some to falter, it will also help to refine the eventual Republican nominee to the point where he or she can easily beat Obama in the general.

 

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Coulter has gone off of her head in the last year or so. Christie is not running, and he is not a reliable Conservative anyway as many have documented numerous times. He is PERFECT for New Jersey because he is as Conservative of a guy as they are going to elect, but nationally he would prove to be weak in many areas.

Perry has an economic record to run on. Even in tough economic times Texas is outperforming most other states and is a model for the rest of the country. No other candidate I see has that and we know this election is going to turn on the economy. He might not be as eloquent as Christie, but Chris’s style might be a bit off-putting to some people in national election.

echosyst on August 12, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Chris Christie, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry. Makes no difference everybody in the pool, it’s all good. A wealth of choices, from the Republican bench. The Democrats will of course have their non contested nominee. Mr Overhyped and Overexposed.

Dr Evil on August 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Yep. I like the choices this time. I’m beginning to think that we’re going to be a lot happier with our candidate, whoever it is, than the Dems will be with theirs.

Hopefully, he’ll continue to go on T.V. every couple of days to help that along.

SlaveDog on August 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Who cares what Coulter thinks? She keeps getting a thrill up her skirt from muslim appointing Christie.

Lon Chaney on August 12, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Ann Coulter said today on Sean Hannity’s radio show. “He won’t live up to expectations and the American people will throw themselves into the arms of Chris Christie. That’s my scenario.”

Does this woman not know what islam is?

Lon Chaney on August 12, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Come on ya’ll. Give Coulter a break. She says outrageous things, sells a lot of books and has very long legs.

SlaveDog on August 12, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Perry is such a joke that he has never lost an election. Hmm… I don’t sense objectivity in this assessment.

andy85719 on August 12, 2011 at 9:47 PM

But he’s never run for anything outside of Texas either. That idiotic “prayer” from the pulpit the other day? Give me a break. He’s a joke. Obama would love to face him. Most voters will see him as nothing more than Jimmy Swaggart in a goofy cowboy hat… no thanks.

Go RBNY on August 12, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Did Ann Coulter convert to islam?

Lon Chaney on August 12, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Hopefully, he’ll continue to go on T.V. every couple of days to help that along.

SlaveDog on August 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM

With any luck, today’s appeals court decision on Obamacare will flush him out and into another primetime defense of his signature legislation. That should drive the market down about 400 points.

a capella on August 12, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Come on ya’ll. Give Coulter a break. She says outrageous things, sells a lot of books and has very long legs.

SlaveDog on August 12, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Long boney legs.

Lon Chaney on August 12, 2011 at 10:33 PM

From Cato:

Is Rick Perry Really for Limited Government?
Posted by Chris Edwards

Conservative radio hosts are excited about a recent speech by Texas governor Rick Perry. Perry forcefully argued his theme of “unwavering support for efforts all across our country, but, most of all, here in Texas, to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed through the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

That sounds great, but does he really mean it?

In a study, I noted that Perry and the Texas state government are aggressive scavengers of federal grant dollars. The rise in federal granting is one of the central causes of the destruction of the Tenth Amendment in recent decades.

I noted that Perry’s official webpage is chock full of press releases touting his distribution of federal subsidies. These press releases are from a short time period in 2006:

“Perry: Texas Farmers and Ranchers to Share $780 Million in Drought Assistance.”
“Perry: FEMA Agrees to Reimburse Texas at Same Rate as Louisiana for Hurricanes.”
“Gov. Perry Announces $1.6 Million in Grants to Juvenile Offender Accountability Programs.”
“Perry: Homeland Security Grants to Focus on Technology Needs.”
“Gov. Perry: Presidential Disaster Declaration Approved for El Paso.”
“Gov. Perry Announces $38,098 in Victims of Crime Act Funds to El Paso County.”
“Gov. Perry Announces $3.6 Million in Grants to Local Law Enforcement.”
Notice how Perry takes credit for all the new spending? Politicians love spending, especially when they can foist the cost on taxpayers living in other states.

Look at these two press releases up on Perry’s website right now:

Apr. 9: “Gov. Perry Backs Resolution Affirming Texas’ Sovereignty Under 10th Amendment.”
Apr. 10: “Gov. Perry Calls on FEMA to Assist the State in Fighting Wildfires.”
Governor Perry: Do you want to revive the Tenth Amendment or do you want the FEMA money? You’re giving us whiplash out here!

I don’t think Perry’s tax policies have been particularly conservative either, as they have centralized fiscal power at the state level and thus reduced beneficial competition between local governments.

Firefly_76 on August 12, 2011 at 10:34 PM

How many muslim judges has Perry nominated?

Lon Chaney on August 12, 2011 at 10:35 PM

a capella on August 12, 2011 at 9:57 PM

With respect, a capella, you’re talking about the primaries. I’m talking about the quadrennial GOP circular firing squad, in which people like Ann Coulter go around needlessly sticking pins in the candidates who fail their purity test.

The left doesn’t do that. Its candidates go through the motions of criticizing each other’s records until one of them is crowned, but throughout the process, the amen corner in the punditry reserves its slings and arrows for the right and the GOP.

Ann’s action here is classic conservative-right. The left doesn’t do it. Carpers on the left are fringe-element head cases like Cindy Sheehan, for whom Obama is a mainstream centrist warmonger. On the right, they’re everyone from Ann Coulter to Karl Rove to Newt Gingrich. Hence the importance of Reagan’s 11th commandment, and the need to repeat it over and over.

J.E. Dyer on August 12, 2011 at 10:35 PM

How many muslim judges has Perry nominated?

Lon Chaney on August 12, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Why would that matter?

Go RBNY on August 12, 2011 at 10:36 PM

“You’ll see Rick Perry,” Ann Coulter said today on Sean Hannity’s radio show. “He won’t live up to expectations and the American people will throw themselves into the arms of Chris Christie. That’s my scenario.”

She been spending too much time in the bathroom with Gut and Levy…

SuperCool on August 12, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Well, you are female and Hispanic. At least I got that part right. Don’t know where the other stuff came from. My apologies.

a capella on August 12, 2011 at 10:26 PM

No need to apologize. You were pretty close. San Antonio is only two and half hours away….and in Texas that’s almost like being a neighbor. LOL!

terryannonline on August 12, 2011 at 10:45 PM

http://static.texastribune.org/media/images/AM-Perry_jpg_800x1000_q100.jpg

Can you say no to the man with the Lassie and a cutlass?

andy85719 on August 12, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Ann is drinking the kool-aid.

Christie is a one-trick pony so far as conservative credentials go.

ButterflyDragon on August 12, 2011 at 10:50 PM

The problem with Perry is that he’s not afraid to stand up and act like a man in front of the multicultural pansy media.

That is exactly the kind of guy we need in the Oval Office.

A real Leader. A real man’s man. Men will respect, and women will swoon. And maybe we’ll recover some of our national self-respect.

Lawrence on August 12, 2011 at 11:02 PM

She needs to drink more coffee

Del Dolemonte on August 12, 2011 at 11:03 PM

As a Conservative Texan I am quickly tiring of the rude “Texas” comments
on this blog by a few. I am not thin skinned, but Texas is my home & it happens to be a very nice place. It’s also very large & diverse, & consists of all kinds of people, from the most simple to the most cosmopolitan. Perhaps you bloggers would like to share what States you hail from & we can polk fun at your accents & mannerisms. However, I will stay above the fray & refrain from that same behavior towards you.

A candidate should be judged on their record & character, not the people in their hometown. This goes for Sarah Palin (and Alaska) as well as Rick Perry, & the comments about her have been equally bad from some. Maybe we can pay attention to Perry’s politics & leave the Texas bashing
out of it.

Susanboo on August 12, 2011 at 11:07 PM

I can’t vouch for this group; never heard of them..

Firefly

Anyone who mentions the Bilderburg group probably shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

I’m not sure why a candidate needs to be exciting. We got “exciting” in 2008, and look where that got us.

Weight of Glory

Where did it get us? It got their guy elected, and got us Obamacare, that’s where. And if we nominate another uninspiring, boring candidate, we’ll lose again.

xblade on August 12, 2011 at 11:09 PM

“Adios mofo”

Ortzinator on August 12, 2011 at 11:10 PM

How many muslim judges has Perry nominated?

Lon Chaney on August 12, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Rick Perry: The pro-Shariah candidate?

Lefty propaganda or something Perry needs to address?

Connie on August 12, 2011 at 11:10 PM

…people like Ann Coulter go around needlessly sticking pins in the candidates who fail their purity test…
J.E. Dyer on August 12, 2011 at 10:35 PM

I agree, except I can’t figure how Chris Christie can pass Ann Coulter’s “purity test” and Rick Perry can’t. After all, she’s pretty darned conservative – both types – just like Perry is and Christie isn’t. All I can figure is that Coulter’s purity test also factors in ‘win-ability’ – and she thinks only a social squish Republican who is good on the economy can win.

What she doesn’t see is that regular people are just as capable as she is at overlooking ‘shortcomings’ in candidates as long as they are good on the voter’s main concerns – which means that a much more Ann Coulter-like, ‘both types’ conservative, like Perry, should be able to win.

Knott Buyinit on August 12, 2011 at 11:13 PM

I love Coulter and would love to see Christie in the race. Only problem with her whole hypothesis is – Christie ain’t running.

catmman on August 12, 2011 at 11:14 PM

How many muslim judges has Perry nominated?

Lon Chaney on August 12, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Why would that matter?

Go RBNY on August 12, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Coming from the guy who has a problem with his Christianity? Really?

catmman on August 12, 2011 at 11:19 PM

I heard the interview this afternoon, but I was too busy screaming “Shut up, Hannity, and let her finish her point” so often I missed half of it.

mankai on August 12, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Christie is too weak.

Coulter is too weak-minded.

Perry seems like a George Bush retread that will not play well nationwide.

Still, Anyone But Obama. (Or Ron “Age Of Sail” Paul.)

profitsbeard on August 12, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I love how one of the most conservative women writers continues to get insulted by so-called conservatives when she disagrees with them on an issue.

MadisonConservative on August 12, 2011 at 11:32 PM

That was helpful except to the extent the rebuttal asserted that the 14 points had no sources; demonstrably not true from the link I provided.
It seems there are sources for the stats on both ‘sides.’
Firefly_76 on August 12, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Read it again.

The rebuttal simply states #5, #8, #13 lack a source. The source for #5 is Politico – indicating a whopping 3 tax increases. The source for #8 and #13 is the same – none other than MSNBC’s own Rachel Maddow.

Rebutting #2 is simpler than the original commenter thought – here is the debt clock for California, here is the debt clock for Texas.

The rest of the rebuttal speaks for itself.

rukiddingme on August 12, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Did she flip her hair annoyingly when she said it ?

No one usually lives up to expectations of those whom only voice expectations. That’s the difference between actually doing versus criticizing. Perry certainly adds to the strength of the GOP in his own way. Some will favor his approach more and some less. Palin healthily recognizes and appreciates that where even one’s potential primary opponent can be beneficial to the overall mission regardless of the eventual nominee to be chosen. Bachmann has strengths as does Bolton and Rand etc. It is time to avoid the Old Media encouraged bickering which only benefits their Leftists and remember lessons from Churchill and Eisenhower which focus upon combining and amplifying our strengths.

viking01 on August 12, 2011 at 11:42 PM

I love how one of the most conservative women writers continues to get insulted by so-called conservatives when she disagrees with them on an issue.

MadisonConservative on August 12, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Curious statement their, do you have the corner on what is or is not conservative?

bluemarlin on August 12, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Their = there above

bluemarlin on August 12, 2011 at 11:49 PM

A candidate should be judged on their record & character, not the people in their hometown. This goes for Sarah Palin (and Alaska) as well as Rick Perry, & the comments about her have been equally bad from some. Maybe we can pay attention to Perry’s politics & leave the Texas bashing
out of it.

Susanboo on August 12, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Leftist “Logic” 101

1. Joe Biden is perfectly qualified to be Vice President despite the Inconvenient Truth that he had the exact same number of Draft Deferments as former Draft Dodger Vice President Dick Cheney

2. Sarah Palin was Governor of a tiny (?) State with only 700,000+ people. This makes her less qualified to be Vice President than Joe Biden, who represented half of a State with a population of 900,000 before he Quit to run for Laughing Boy.

Del Dolemonte on August 12, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Good for Perry. He has his problems and I’ll let LSM do their thing on him.

Ann is a favorite. Christie not. After “Demonic”, she is allowed.

Waiting patiently for Sarah.

Caststeel on August 13, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Oh, Ann, c’mon! CC isn’t running and even if he was, I don’t want him for POTUS. Perry’s it.

I don’t always agree with Ann (*cough*GOProud*cough*) but I won’t be too hard on her here; I think she’ll come around and support Perry soon enough. Just got her book “Demonic” tonight (sale at Borders) and since it’s about mobs and since we’re dealing with flash mobs here and mob riots in the UK, she is prescient (and I always enjoy her books).

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on August 13, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Coulter is on CSPAN2 this Saturday morning, on In-Depth, 9am ET, for 3 hours to talk about her new book and other stuff.

slickwillie2001 on August 13, 2011 at 1:06 AM

Curious statement their, do you have the corner on what is or is not conservative?

bluemarlin on August 12, 2011 at 11:45 PM

The corner? No, but I know Ann Coulter is as conservative as Michelle Malkin or MKH or anyone else.

“OMG she doesn’t like my candidate SHE MUST BE DISCREDITED…”

The cultists never f**king leave this place.

MadisonConservative on August 13, 2011 at 1:11 AM

Ann Coulter does not appear to be a truly social conservative. She’s reportedly on the advisory board to GOProud.

balkanmom on August 13, 2011 at 2:05 AM

The problem with Perry is that he’s not afraid to stand up and act like a man in front of the multicultural pansy media.

That is exactly the kind of guy we need in the Oval Office

Lawrence on August 12, 2011 at 11:02 PM

You’ve got to be kidding me. Perry is the king of multicultural pansy ass. Let’s start with the DREAM Act for Texas and opposing Arizona’s immigration law. Or how about letting a Mexican firm bid for the NAFTA Trans-Texas Corridor.

haner on August 13, 2011 at 2:14 AM

Here’s Perry being “tough” on multiculturalism:

http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/K9m2tQXNPnVAfFWhyOPitg–/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD02MzA7cT04NTt3PTQ2OA–/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2011-08-06T182125Z_01_HOU15_RTRIDSP_3_USA.jpg

Notice the huge Spanish translation in the giant screen behind him during his prayer rally last week.

haner on August 13, 2011 at 2:17 AM

whose (rightful) pride in their state (it’s quite nice!)

Have you been to Iowa?

The last thing I want is a bunch of hayseeds (literally) setting the stage (figuratively) for a pro-subsidized-corn Republican nominee.

Perry/Jindal ’12

alohapundit on August 13, 2011 at 2:26 AM

I followed manlyrash after he left HA. Interestingly, on his first blog (I haven’t heard of a new blog–I’d like to know more information about it if anyone has any) he was campaigning for Christie’s GOP opponent in the primary (Longman? or something like that–I can’t remember). He was sounding the alarm about Christie way before Christie ever was the GOP candidate for governor of New Jersey.

mauipundit on August 13, 2011 at 2:54 AM

MadisonConservative on August 13, 2011 at 1:11 AM

I don’t know about that, I’ll have to respectfully disagree with you about her being as conservative as Michelle Malkin. I could be wrong. As for me, it’s not so much that she doesn’t like my candidate; it’s more that she likes Christie that concerns me.

mauipundit on August 13, 2011 at 2:59 AM

You’ve got to be kidding me. Perry is the king of multicultural pansy ass. Let’s start with the DREAM Act for Texas and opposing Arizona’s immigration law. Or how about letting a Mexican firm bid for the NAFTA Trans-Texas Corridor.

haner on August 13, 2011 at 2:14 AM

You are such a nimrod. What “DREAM Act” for Texas? (yes, I know what you’re talking about). “Opposing” Az’s immigration law? C’mon! Yes, the TTC was wrong-headed, but NAFTA? Don’t think so.

cartooner on August 13, 2011 at 3:27 AM

If Perry had just skipped Iowa I think it wouldn’t matter next year. Many pundits say it’s a good strategic move because it will grab the headline for the day and take it away from someone else.

I don’t buy it. The lack of magnanimity in his gesture is what will linger about Perry on this story when the headline is yesterday’s news.

It’s an illogical move too because you get something that is so temporary “a headline” in turn for what? Not a lot, especially goodwill (a coveted commodity in campaigns).

I have a very bad feeling about Perry on the national stage….I see missteps, misstatements and indecorous blurbs in this campaign’s future.

Plus I don’t like Gov. Perry’s association with the AFA/Bryan Fischer and that groups message or its actions mixing religion and politics.

sheryl on August 13, 2011 at 4:32 AM

Some part of me wishes everybody who wanted in had to declare on the same day, just so candidate comparisons could be a bit more fair and accurate.

There’s nothing particularly “fair” about enforcing a single date on all candidates. Those with little initial name recognition and money need the flexibility to handle their campaigns differently than those with names and money.

Myno on August 13, 2011 at 4:58 AM

The corner? No, but I know Ann Coulter is as conservative as Michelle Malkin or MKH or anyone else.

“OMG she doesn’t like my candidate SHE MUST BE DISCREDITED…”

The cultists never f**king leave this place.

MadisonConservative on August 13, 2011 at 1:11 AM

Cool, but isn’t it the other way around?

I mean, who is trying to discredit who, here?

Perry is a perfectly viable candidate, in my eyes certainly one of the strongest, and most well-rounded. Perfect? No, but one of the top.

Now, Ann Coulter just threw out a brief comment, but isn’t she the one doing the discrediting? “He’s not going to live up to expectations.” Ugh. Can’t she just say he’s a strong, viable candidate or whatnot? What’s the need to already begin to chop at his knees, when there’s no other really strong, conservative contender right now?

Ann’s all right. I’ve got no problems with her, really, but if she’s going to begin busting Perry’s chops already, she deserves what she gets.

It was a short, but silly comment, and it doesn’t require a “cultist” to call her out for it.

12thMonkey on August 13, 2011 at 5:02 AM

Perry is one of the “New Apostles” group, or at least affiliated. The left will beat him over the head for trying to start the Apocalypse. Seeing him in action at that prayer rally, I thought he was running for Pope. And he might just be wacky enough to be the American counterpart to Ahmadinejad in wanted to bring back Jesus/having the 12th Imam come out of the well.

It’ll be Romney, he’s ALL business, or that’s the way it’ll be portrayed. Evangelism will prove to be an Albatross round the neck of Perry,Bachmann,Santorum and Palin if she decides to enter the race. The People want jobs not Jesus. We’ve been dealing with a False Messiah for about four years now. The only question now is who does Mitt pick for VP? Just please let it not be Ron Paul.

adamsmith on August 13, 2011 at 5:11 AM

Perry is one of the “New Apostles” group, or at least affiliated. The left will beat him over the head for trying to start the Apocalypse. Seeing him in action at that prayer rally, I thought he was running for Pope. And he might just be wacky enough to be the American counterpart to Ahmadinejad in wanted to bring back Jesus/having the 12th Imam come out of the well

.

Somebody’s been watching way too much Rachel Maddow. A Christian candidate joins the fray and the nutburger loonies come out of the woodwork.

tommyboy on August 13, 2011 at 6:01 AM

I think since Obama has set the bar so low we now have the
“anyone but Obama” theme.

What is dangerous about this is that we need to set our
sights on the best person to do the job of president, not
just an ABO candidate.

If people are lazy and don’t do their research which we
can get on the web, we will end up with someone just slightly better than Obama; a mediocre repub. That will
not help this country get out of this mess.

Amjean on August 13, 2011 at 8:14 AM

I fail to understand how Coulter (whom I consider to be a “rabid” conservative, not that that’s a bad thing) would support Romney.

I’m nonplussed.

disa on August 13, 2011 at 8:22 AM

You are such a nimrod. What “DREAM Act” for Texas? (yes, I know what you’re talking about). “Opposing” Az’s immigration law? C’mon! Yes, the TTC was wrong-headed, but NAFTA? Don’t think so.

cartooner on August 13, 2011 at 3:27 AM

You can spin with the best of ‘em. You better eat your Wheaties, you’ll be doing a lot of that for two faced Perry.

wheelgun on August 13, 2011 at 8:26 AM

The problem with Perry is that he’s not afraid to stand up and act like a man in front of the multicultural pansy media.

That is exactly the kind of guy we need in the Oval Office.

A real Leader. A real man’s man. Men will respect, and women will swoon. And maybe we’ll recover some of our national self-respect.

Lawrence on August 12, 2011 at 11:02 PM

ROFL…and they say we Palinistas are bad. The emerging Perry cult is even worse. The man can do absolutely no wrong with these people and he’ll win 49 states in 2012.

I think Coulter is right in saying that Perry won’t live up to expectations. No one could live up to the Perry hypre we’ve been getting for about 3 months now, and I doubt Perry can catch Romney. But come on. Christie? He’s the Flavor of Last Year. Done.

ddrintn on August 13, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Rick Perry: The pro-Shariah candidate?

Lefty propaganda or something Perry needs to address?

Connie on August 12, 2011 at 11:10 PM

An article written by a young ignorant fellow. Yes, Perry is friends with Aga Khan, spiritual head of the Ismaili sect of the Shia sect of Islam. Funny thing is that this sect is actually anti-Sharia. There are no mosques in this sect.

Kermit on August 13, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Coulter is not the most conservative commentator. She is on the advisory board of GOProud. Case closed.

balkanmom on August 13, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Can someone explain why Coulter has the big crush on Christie when he is wrong on pretty much all conservative issues? I’ve never heard her explanation…

ladyingray on August 12, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Perhaps because CC is one of the few politicians who is just as overtly rude to people as Ann is? Many on NJ are still waiting for something concrete from all his bluster. My property taxes didn’t go down, all the high-salaried public “servants” bailed before their golden parachutes got taken from them. IMO he has accomplished little for NJ – why does she want to inflict him on the whole country?

katiejane on August 13, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Ann has a crush on Cristy and can’t get over it. Christy is not going to run and I don’t think conservatives would be all that thrilled if he did. The only thing he is good on is financials and stand up to the union. All the rest is a question mark. We would be better off running Walker for president. He at least is a known quantity when it comes to his fortitude against the unions and liberals.

flytier on August 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Susanboo on August 12, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Move to a real state like Delaware.

Akzed on August 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM

I found a very disturbing interview the governor did with a Latino media outlet:

As governor, how do you deal with them [illegals]? Do you think they all should be deported?

There is no way that in the US we would roundup every illegal immigrant -there are about 12 million of the illegal immigrants- not only economically is that just an impossibility but that’s not a humane way anyway to deal with the issue that we face with illegal immigration.

Do you then favor an amnesty for the 12 or 13 million undocumented immigrants?

No, I do not. I do not. Not total amnesty. You know, people have got to follow the rules. They’ve got to follow the bar, and we have got to make sure that there is equal opportunity and those who are here legally should be first in line for services being provided and those opportunities that this great country provides.

To clarify, so you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?

I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.

Of course, the governor in question was from Alaska. But, still, very troubling!
/sarc

Y-not on August 13, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Here’s Perry from his recent Newsweek interview:

We have a pathway to citizenship in this country today: it’s get in the line and do what it takes to get here legally. You cannot have a comprehensive discussion about immigration reform until you secure the border. I’ve got a 1,200 mile border with Mexico and it’s not secure. We have American citizens being killed, we have drugs coming across, we have illegal immigrations and all types of other human trafficking going on. Our border is not secure because our federal government has been an abject failure at it.

Here’s what everyone should agree on: get the border secure, then we can have a conversation about what type immigration policy we want to put in place. If there’s a revolving door at the border, your immigration policy is not worth the paper it’s written on.

He did go on to say “Sure” when asked if he would then consider a “path to citizenship.”

I honestly do not see a difference between Perry’s position and Palin’s, except that Perry actually has to deal with a lot of illegals in his state. Neither of them is “open borders.”

Y-not on August 13, 2011 at 10:39 AM

I never have really cared about what Coulter has to say and I still don’t. It is hard to put my finger on it but I have not liked her that much from the first time I heard her talk. And quit with the obsessive habit with the hair.

jistincase on August 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM

jistincase on August 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM

I like Ingraham a lot better than Coulter. Ann seems to be striving to be the female Rush Limbaugh or something. Laura strikes me as more cerebral.

Y-not on August 13, 2011 at 11:12 AM

tommyboy on August 13, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Rick Perry isn’t just a Christian, he’s connected to the AFA/Bryan Fischer a controversial person who the SPLC classified as a hate group.

This makes Rick Perry a very risky investment for Republicans to take this guy to the general election to run against Obama.

Think how Obama got the Rev. Wright treatment but with the MSM championing the story this time instead of tamping it down.

And there is plenty of information for the MSM to mine on this guy to connect Rick Perry to his rather ugly view of the world this guy spouts about.

I can’t believe the Republican party what’s to get into this fight of defending Perry’s connection to this group.

I tell you, there aren’t enough job success stories in Texas to paper over the potential damage this story has on the national level to the Republican Party’s image.

sheryl on August 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Why Anne keeps harping on Christie I have no clue. He’s not your dad Anne, get over it.

Rocks on August 13, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Ann lost all credibility with me when she decided to appear as a regular on Geraldo’s show. She lost me as a fan forever with that decision, so what she says isn’t worth a grain of salt to me.

silvernana on August 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Perry is one of the “New Apostles” group, or at least affiliated. The left will beat him over the head for trying to start the Apocalypse. Seeing him in action at that prayer rally, I thought he was running for Pope. And he might just be wacky enough to be the American counterpart to Ahmadinejad in wanted to bring back Jesus/having the 12th Imam come out of the well
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Somebody’s been watching way too much Rachel Maddow. A Christian candidate joins the fray and the nutburger loonies come out of the woodwork.

tommyboy on August 13, 2011 at 6:01 AM

No, tommyboy, not too much Butch Maddow, just that particular “report”..Same as you or you wouldn’t know what I was talking about. I do occasionally view stuff from the other side to see what talking points the White House is handing in to MSLSD. As far as the “nutburger loony” ad hominum attack on me, it’s something you seem to have in common with the Moonbats on HuffPost. They resort to that when they can’t convey anything intelligent. It’s too bad you couldn’t have chosen to lay out an argument against what I had written, then again you have no argument. I have no problem with a Christian announcing, then again I’m not voting for a Christian, I’m voting for an American who can follow the Constitution and have policies that will strengthen America. Coming out of the woodwork? I pretty much put my opinion on things on this website almost daily for about the last four years. I’m a Christian myself, although I don’t wear that on my sleeve, and expect a candidate I support to do his/her worship in private as well. I have no litmus test, to find later the person in question is tapping their shoes under airport bathroom stalls. In case you haven’t noticed, nobody gets elected claiming to be a Christian. I can’t remember the last President to do so. I want to elect someone that will serve all Americans, not just the self described “Saved Ones”….As I had written, Perry looked like he was running for Pope at that Jesus Rally. Good luck with that…..

adamsmith on August 13, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Ann has a crush on Cristy and can’t get over it.

flytier on August 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

The more that women get into conservative politics, the more the misogynists seem to crawl out from the woodwork.

MadisonConservative on August 13, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Precisely what is the goal of these conservative pundits . . . to trash every living Republican or declared conservative with whom they don’t totally agree? The left just has to wait until their opponents destroy themselves . . . then they just step in and police up the battlefield.

rplat on August 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Coulter seems to have lost her mind when it comes to Christie worship.

Did anyone ever see the movie, Primetime Glick? This might help you remember: http://imdb.to/rlErgt

Now, here’s the fun part. What if the same person who made Martin Short into Jiminy Glick was turned loose on Bill O’Reilly? The results? Chris Christie!!!!! Envision that.

Without the benefits of the makeup job, it’s easy to listen to either one of these big-mouthed, egotistical bloviators and think of the other one.

NoNails on August 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Coulter is right about Rick Perry. Perry talks tuff/macho during the election but once elected he reverts back to being a GW Bush style moderate-liberal Republican. He’s weak on illegal immigration. Jan Brewer has shown much more leadership in that area. Like it or not, the immigration issue is a barometer for millions of conservative voters.
Coulter is wrong about Christie. Christie is also a moderate, establishment Republican. And, like Perry, he gets a poor grade on the immigration issue: https://www.numbersusa.com/content/action/2012-presidential-hopefuls-immigration-stances.html I think Bachman and Cain will pick up momentum as they’ll both find their comfort zone in the insanity of process. Darvin Dowdy

Darvin Dowdy on August 13, 2011 at 4:14 PM

ABO, for the win.

AZCoyote on August 13, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Coulter has a crush on Obama … BIG TIME! Let her and Iowans have Obama…they all deserve each other.

Karmi on August 13, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Perry predictions

More like petty predictions, Ann!

But at least she’s not touting that megalomaniac Ru Paul!

honsy on August 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Can someone explain why Coulter has the big crush on Christie when he is wrong on pretty much all conservative issues? I’ve never heard her explanation…

ladyingray on August 12, 2011 at 9:53 PM

It’s easy. He’s an acerbic loud mouth just like her. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate them both. But he is just like her in being able to verbally crush his opponents with straight-talking wit.

BierManVA on August 13, 2011 at 5:39 PM

and he is not a reliable Conservative anyway

Guns are the deal killer with Christie.

If he sounds like Bloomberg on that topic he is no better.

roy_batty on August 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Rick Perry isn’t just a Christian, he’s connected to the AFA/Bryan Fischer a controversial person who the SPLC classified as a hate group.

Sources?

massrighty on August 13, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Rick Perry isn’t just a Christian, he’s connected to the AFA/Bryan Fischer a controversial person who the SPLC classified as a hate group.

sheryl on August 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Oops – forgot to tag the quote I want sources for.

So, sheryl; what sources/proofs support this statement?

massrighty on August 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Ann Coulter has been a shill for Romney for how long now?

Didn’t she tell us that if Christie did not run, that Romney would win the nomination, but lose to Obama?

And she still wants Romney? Or should I say Obama….

texasconserv on August 13, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Rick Perry is a member of the Methodist Church and so is his family. As Governor he attends various churches around Austin and the State.

Some of the things I am seeing are beyond ridiculous from the various groups.

Ann Coulter endorsed Mitt in the 2008 elections. Right there her opinion on Governor Perry is worthless. I remember being shocked when she supported Romney in 2008 and obviously she supports him again as witnessed by some of her articles.

PhiKapMom on August 13, 2011 at 6:32 PM

rick perry’s position on immigration compared to who – obama?

wtf, what is to compare? i don’t remember perry inviting the president of mexico to trash arizona’s immigration law.

when the current standard is to sell weapons to mexican criminals who use them to kill our citizens while bitching about building a fence or having any type of security – what could perry have possibly done that stinks of that filth regarding immigration?

rickyricardo on August 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

The arrogance of that ghoulish woman. Who is she to play gate-keeper? Why doesn’t she run for office is she’s so danged smart? Because she’d lose badly. She’s neither sexy, likeable, nor a sage political advisor.

Don L on August 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Can someone explain why Coulter has the big crush on Christie when he is wrong on pretty much all conservative issues? I’ve never heard her explanation…

ladyingray on August 12, 2011 at 9:53 PM

It’s easy. He’s an acerbic loud mouth just like her.
BierManVA on August 13, 2011 at 5:39 PM

BINGO!

Don L on August 13, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Rick Perry isn’t just a Christian, he’s connected to the AFA/Bryan Fischer a controversial person who the SPLC classified as a hate group.

sheryl on August 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Time dredge the good Reverend Wright up from his pit of filth as a response to these smear tactics.

rickyricardo on August 13, 2011 at 7:06 PM

I love Ann. I even own and wear that t-shirt with her face and 9/11 quote.
But she seems to be desperate for attention lately, like she’s feeling the heat from other good looking conservative babes – Ingraham, Cupp, Ham, Malkin, etc.
She’s full of it here.
You saw your next president announce today. Perry is the real deal.

Sugar Land on August 13, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Government successes in Texas should be attributed to our local governments, and state legislature, not our Governor.

V-rod on August 14, 2011 at 2:41 AM

Perry is the real deal.

Sugar Land on August 13, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Soft on illegal immigration. Helped Al Gore rise to power and nearly destroy the economy with cap and trade based on lies.

Perry has poor judgement and should not be president.

scotash on August 14, 2011 at 3:09 AM


“traditional Western education speaks little of the influence of Muslim scientists, scholars, throughout history, and for that matter the cultural treasures that stand today in testament to their wisdom.”

WTF? Name one besides the…ZERO!

And none of us are for any candidate that supports any Muslim “culture” especially that loathsome, genocidal, murderous theology of sharia.

Time to stand up to muslim blackmail and terror. I agree that muslim immigration ought to be curtailed.

Twana on August 14, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Christie is a bully and a shill for islamist sympathizers. Ann Coulter is friends with the racist hatemonger Bill Maher. With that being said, I agree with her about Perry. He is not a good candidate, he is a phony and will be our ruin if he gets nominated

georgealbert on August 15, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Ann Coulter was foolish in 2008. She is being foolish again for 2012.

Phil Byler on August 15, 2011 at 5:29 PM

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