Ann Coulter, conservative surfer, rides Trump wave for book sales; pundit exposed by Charles Cooke

Ann Coulter Hannity Charles CookeThe spike in popularity of ersatz conservative Donald Trump has its fair share of downsides, but it also has an upside: opportunists like conservative wave surfer Ann Coulter, whose idea of Reaganesque was once Chris Christie, are exposed.

National Review’s Charles Cooke faced off against Ms. Coulter on Thursday night and exposed the “collective insanity” of so-called conservative pundits, who now gloss over every bit of evidence that The Donald is merely a Trump in conservative clothing (e.g., Clinton campaign contributions).

Mr. Cooke said the following while appearing on Fox News:

“I have to say that I’m just astonished by the collective insanity that seems to have marked the conservative movement over the past couple of months. Donald Trump, who has put forth no plan whatsoever except to pretend that Mexico is going to pay for a wall, is being taken seriously. […] I think what the objections are is that you have a man in the Republican debate who praises single-payer. You have a man still talking about funding Planned Parenthood. You have a man who has flip-flopped perhaps on the wealth tax and on gun control. A man, who on any other circumstances, would have been laughed at through the primary. […]

He said on this show … that he was fine with the progressive income tax. … The day before he suggested he was in favor of a flat tax. Literally 24 hours before. He’s making it up as he goes along and we are all falling it for some reason. […] He cozied up to Hillary Clinton and he gave the Democrats a bunch of money. […] Is pro-assault weapons ban now pro-gun? He was in favor, on the record, of an assault records ban. Is that now pro-gun?”

Boom. Mr. Cooke dropped a series of intellectual tactical nukes on Ms. Coulter’s head. Her ally, Sean Hannity, sat in silence while it happened. She, on the other hand, was left to come up with a list of tortured responses that revealed that the one thing Ann Coulter knows best is where her book sales come from. If you want to be a best-selling conservative author, then one way to do it is to shamelessly ride whatever wave the most rabid right-wing activists are on.

Here are a few of Mrs. Coulter’s attempts to parry Mr. Cooke’s blows:

        • “I don’t think voters go out and think, ‘well, he’s been consistent for 20 years on this.’”
        • “As far as I know, he’s never been anti-gun.”
        • “He’s not a politician. He’s not familiar with all the deceptive ways Planned Parenthood will sneak through funding for abortion.”
        • “He was at the Republican National Convention talking like a conservative.”

Chris Christie is now a “RINO” to pundits like Anne Coulter, but Donald Trump is somehow a conservative. Crony capitalism is the mark of a fake conservative, but yet it’s no big deal that Donald Trump epitomizes crony capitalism. Republicans in Congress can’t be trusted, but the guy who donated to Hillary Clinton multiple times can. Donald Trump showing up to a convention and “talking like a conservative” is now proof that he is a conservative. The willful ignorance is astounding.

Trump Democrat donationsFor individuals who just want a president with no filter, Donald Trump makes sense. For individuals who just want to make the Republican establishment pay for looking down on the Tea Party, Donald Trump make sense. For individuals who just want to burn the whole system to the ground, Donald Trump (and Bernie Sanders) make sense. There are legitimate reasons for backing Donald Trump, but citing his “conservative” credentials is not one of them.

The truth of the matter is this: Certain conservative talk show hosts and their favorite pundits are a.) scared that Donald Trump will direct his fire at them if he is criticized, or b.) want to curry favor with the billionaire because he has money, power, connections, and he probably throws great parties.

Principled leadership is what America needs to thrive, but right now a lot of people seem to think it’s a man who calls all of his critics “losers.” Sadly, Ann Coulter and her friends in the media have decided to stoke the flames of anger for ratings and book sales instead of setting the Republican Party up for success.

Update: Tell me again why any Republican would want Ann Coulter as a political ambassador.

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Liberals: Fourth Amendment Odious, Racist. Isolated Mansions? Very Cool.

I normally wouldn’t write three immigration posts in one week, but a

My fellow Americans: Stop reading The Constitution. You're making me look bad. Like, really really bad.

number of events have forced my hand. One: I can’t resist the opportunity to expose more people to Mark Steyn. Two: it turns out more people are pointing out that actually reading a particular bill or law is a better option than listening to the major media outlets. You don’t need to waste your time listening to the talking heads on FOX, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc. with the internet, because you can usually get the source material on your own and come to your own conclusions. I’m glad that I pointed out that exact same point earlier in the day, (although I’m still uber jealous I don’t have a FOX News contract).

The fact that you don’t need traditional media drives the suits up a wall. And it really is getting under their skin that the Tea Party movement is composed of a bunch of “rabble rousers” who actually read the Constitution (which can be delivered to your door FREE of charge thanks to The Heritage Foundation)

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized,”(Fourth Amendment, United States Constitution).

Americans don’t have to be familiar with famous court cases like Entick v Carrington (1765), Wilkes v Wood (1763), Illinois v. Gates (1983), or Horton v. California (1990) to come to accurate conclusions about the new Arizona immigration law. And they don’t need to listen to Seth MacFarlane and his clueless liberal friends, provided they have common sense and basic knowledge of The Constitution.

As I asked earlier: Is it reasonable to ask someone to provide documentation in regards to their citizenship status if they’re shooting at cops or using your back yard as a staging ground for who knows what? Mark Steyn nails it:

I spoke this week to a lady who has a camp of illegals on the edge of her land: She lies awake at night, fearful for her children and alert to strange noises in the yard. President Obama, shooting from his lip, attacked the new law as an offense against “fairness.” Where’s the fairness for this woman’s family? Because her home is in Arizona rather than Hyde Park, Chicago, she’s just supposed to get used to living under siege?

Most people living along the border don’t have ornate mansions to retreat to in order to avoid the “inconveniences” of the free-for-all immigration policy that the federal government seems to be content with.  Seth MacFarlane does. And if you’re President Obama, you get a fancy-pants motorcade and snazzy guys with guns and earpieces. The mom with two kids in close proximity to Arizona’s border? Not so much…