Well, now that Mitt Romney is all but official, the Republican establishment is using the tactic they constantly accuse the other side of using. They're "forcing Romney down the throat" of GOP voters as their ever-willing enablers and pushers, the traditional media, continue their collective swoon over Marco Rubio as Veep to make Mitt easier to swallow. Unfortunately there's trouble in paradise. Turns out you can't force-feed everyone.
Right-wing fear factor fiction writer Ann Coulter is not about to let the good old boys in her party force Rubio down her throat, no sir! Shorter Ann Coulter? Bite me.
Appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday, Coulter said Rubio as Romney's VP pick would be a "mistake." Stephanopoulos explains on his This Week website:
“I think that would be a mistake because the same people who loved Rubio loved [former presidential candidate and Texas Gov.] Rick Perry,” Coulter told me Sunday during the “This Week” roundtable discussion. “I want someone who’s been a bit more tested.”
But Coulter, who is a firm Mitt Romney supporter, said the GOP frontrunner needs a running mate who is tried and tested, which, as a first-term Senator, Rubio is not.
This is a first for me, but if I were a Republican voter, I would be inclined to agree with Ms. Coulter,
although not for the same reasons. I would say Rick Perry's been tested, he's just failed all the tests so far. I don't know who those lovers of both Perry and Rubio are unless she's talking about the Tea Party. If that's the case then yes, Rubio would be a mistake. He sucked up to the Tea Baggies big-time to get their votes and once elected he showed his true establishment Republican colors and
they've soured on him for that. At this point the only groups that love Rubio are the GOP who see him as a savior, and the media. He hasn't been tested because he hasn't accomplished much of anything in his short time in the Senate beyond taking steps to bar women's access to birth control.
Another observation here, on Coulter as a "firm Mitt Romney supporter." Far be it from me to point out that while this "woman of principle" may be a supporter of Mittens, that support isn't exactly so "firm." Why it seems like only yesterday when Coulter saw Romney as the Republicans best chance at losing the election when she said if they didn't run Chris Christie for President, "then Romney will win the nomination and we'll lose in 2012."
So who would Coulter prefer?
Coulter suggested Romney pick someone like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
“He’s been tested, he’s steady, he’s not frightening,” Coulter said of Kyl. “He could certainly step into the job.”
Let's address Jon Kyl first:
Where did that pick come from? Did Coulter close her eyes and point to names on a list of choices and Kyl's name is where her bony finger landed? Did she zero in on him because he's retiring from the Senate soon and therefore has nothing better to do?
If she's going for the "most qualified to be the General in the War On Women" vote, Kyl would make sense. After all he enlisted in the War On Women long before it was fashionable. Early on in the health care reform fight, during negotiations for required employer benefits Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) made the case for maternity care. Kyl objected, saying:
“I don’t need maternity care, so requiring that on my insurance policy is something that I don’t need and will make the policy more expensive.”
Then there was the incident that, in a perfect world, should disqualify him from office of any kind. That was the one where, during a budget debate on the Senate floor, he made the now infamous blatantly inaccurate statement:
If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that's well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does."
Of course, only 3 percent of the work Planned Parenthood does involves abortion. When CNN asked Kyl to explain his statement, that explanation made him a national joke and inspired comedians everywhere, not to mention it's own hashtag on Twitter. (#NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement)
"We did call [Kyl's] office trying to ask what he was talking about there. And I just want to give it you verbatim here. It says, 'his remark was not intended to be a factual statement, but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, a organization that receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, does subsidize abortions.'"
Kyl may not be a "frightening" figure to Ann Coulter, but I doubt many others share her enthusiasm or feel the same way. As far as the Republicans go, anyone who would go as far as Kyl does when it comes to keeping women in their place and where they belong: In a kitchen, barefoot and perpetually pregnant, Kyl's their man. He'll say anything!
He could face fierce competition from Coulter's other choice, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. As an
op-ed from the Times of Trenton said yesterday, in conjunction with Women's History Month:
....it’s not just about whether Christie believes in a woman’s “right to choose.” It seems he doesn’t believe in a woman’s right to ... well ... anything.
....Ever since taking office, through both policy and his words, the governor has consistently unleashed a wholesale assault on the women of New Jersey. Some of the things he’s said and done along these lines would make even Rush Limbaugh blush.
Christie scores high with the GOP not only for his anti-women's rights cred, but he would prefer
putting gay marriage up for a vote rather than merely whipping out his veto pen for a gay marriage bill. Also like Romney's "corporations are people my friend" beliefs, Christie joins the growing number of states Republican lawmakers letting the corporations and ALEC write the legislation.
So if there's someone out there who actually takes her opinions seriously, sure. Either of Coulter's VP picks have more experience toeing the party line than Marco Rubio, but I would have to ask that person why they take her seriously? Why does anyone? Why does George Stephanopoulos bring her on the air and ask her, as if she were some sort of expert?
It wasn't that long ago that she said Mitt Romney would cost Republicans the election and only Chris Christie as President could save them. Today Romney is their only hope to win. Could former savior Christie as number two seal the deal? Maybe, maybe not.
As always, when it comes to Ann Coulter's "words of wisdom," they should be followed with a disclaimer. Or maybe, to quote Jon Kyl: