Ann Coulter: RINO

Posted: Nov 17, 2011 2:23 PM

In her new column -- available on the homepage -- noted RINO Ann Coulter endorses Mitt Romney for president:

Obamacare is going to be repealed -- provided only that a Republican wins the next presidential election. If a Republican does not win, however, it will never be repealed. Recall that, in order to boast about the amazing revenue savings under Obamacare, Democrats had to configure the bill so that the taxes to pay for it start right away, but the goodies don't kick in until 2014. Once people are thrown off their insurance plans and are forced to depend on the government for "free" health care, Obamacare is here to stay. (And Newt Gingrich will be calling plans to tinker with it "right-wing social engineering.")

Instead of sitting on our thumbs, wishing Ronald Reagan were around, or chasing the latest mechanical rabbit flashed by the media, conservatives ought to start rallying around Romney as the only Republican who has a shot at beating Obama. We'll attack him when he's president.  It's fun to be a purist, but let's put that on hold until Obama and his abominable health care plan are gone, please.

Coulter also unloads on the candidate she brands as the latest bright, shiny object of many Republican voters' affections:

In addition to having an affair in the middle of Clinton's impeachment; apologizing to Jesse Jackson on behalf of J.C. Watts -- one of two black Republicans then in Congress –- for having criticized "poverty pimps," and then inviting Jackson to a State of the Union address; cutting a global warming commercial with Nancy Pelosi; supporting George Soros' candidate Dede Scozzafava in a congressional special election; appearing in public with the Rev. Al Sharpton to promote nonspecific education reform; and calling Paul Ryan's plan to save Social Security "right-wing social engineering," we found out this week that Gingrich was a recipient of Freddie Mac political money.

I'd almost forgotten about Newt's endorsement of Dede Scozzafava in 2009.  Anyway, this isn't the first time Coulter has made the case for Romney in 2012:

But wait, what was Coulter's analysis of Romney's chances against Obama when she was asked about the GOP field at CPAC in February? Hmmmmm:

"If you don't run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we'll lose," said Coulter, eliciting cheers from the crowd.

Okay, "purists" (her words), does Coulter's new analysis have a ring of truth to it, or is it time to go RINO-huntin' for Ann?

UPDATE - For those who didn't detect my hint of sarcasm, I don't actually believe Ann Coulter to be a "RINO," a term that is best reserved for the likes of Lincoln Chafee/Dede Scozzafava types.