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 Ann Coulter Reply


 March, 2008


 Ann Coulter - Republican Game Playing

It’s all in the Gamesmanship
By Al Owens

I know who Ann Coulter is rooting to win the presidency in November. Nobody.
This week, she wrote an entire column without mentioning her own fellow Republican John McCain. I know McCain is easy to overlook, but come on.
Then she splatters large helpings of sarcasm on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. To her, Obama is still B. Hussein Obama, and Clinton is still married to Bill Clinton. Coulter believes those are reasons enough to make potential voters hate them.

I’ll admit the 24 hour news cycle has been so fixated with the Hillary/Obama tug-of-war that on Tuesday night, when McCain stepped to the microphone to announce he’s the Republican presidential nominee, I’d forgotten what he looked like. A few of the many sentences he started with the words “My friends” served to help me remember who he is, and that I’m sorry I did.
But I’m still willing to wager that Coulter’s antipathy for McCain is a clumsy bit of gamesmanship. She’ll most likely sit at the altar of John McCain come summertime when she can claim she’s reconciled his previous call for amnesty for illegal aliens, because Ronald Reagan had given them amnesty too.

Talk radio flame thrower Rush Limbaugh is also playing games. He tried to convince Republican voters in Texas to cross-over and vote for Clinton in their primary election. That way, theorized Limbaugh, Republicans could help blunt Obama’s “momentum” and help build the growing hostilities between the two candidates.

Obama, as it turned out, got more Republican votes, than did Clinton.

Limbaugh had pled, in futility, for Texans to throw away their votes on Tuesday, so I convulsed into belly laughs the following day, when Florida’s Republican Governor (and staunch McCain supporter) Charlie Crist held a news conference to extol the virtues of the vote.

I sure wish those Republicans would get their cheesy gambits straight.

Crist implored the Democratic Party to count the delegates who’d been chosen as the result of the January 29th Florida Primary. I think I spotted tears running down his cheeks, while I heard a distinct quiver in his voice, as he dropped that old “sanctity of the vote” drivel on reporters.
The last thing we all need is for a Florida governor to lecture us on the virtues of counting Democrat’s votes. Where was this guy in 2000?

Crist gave his emotional civics lesson about how the Democrats are “silencing the voices of 5,163,271 Americans," as if anybody watching isn’t smart enough to figure out that he’s really trying to help McCain by further driving a wedge between the Clinton and Obama camps.

Crist, however, shares part of the blame for his state’s delegates going uncounted. He signed the very bill that moved up Florida’s primary election – despite Democratic and Republican rules that rendered those votes null and void.

Yet, the Republicans aren’t alone in playing such games. Michigan’s Democratic governor and Clinton partisan, Jennifer M. Granholm, wants her state’s delegates counted too. Part of those five million votes Crist is talking about are votes that resulted from the Michigan’s January 15th primary election in which Clinton “eked” out a victory, because she was the only major candidate on the ballot.
Of course Granholm wants those 156 delegates seated at the Democratic National Convention, because Obama didn’t get a single Michigan vote.

Her invocation of the founding fathers in the delegate fight, while as transparent as Crist’s, isn’t as quite devious as his is.

Granholm, at least, is just being a cheerleader for her candidate. Crist is simply trying to muddy the Democratic Party’s nominating process.

Neither is it, to this point, being taken very seriously by the news media. The tears had barely been wiped from Crists’ face, when the cable news networks went back to covering cats up trees in Dubuque.

There were a few relevant breaking news stories of note on Wednesday.
George W. Bush and John McCain appeared together for a photo-op at the White House. Bush officially endorsed McCain. They embraced. They smiled. They laughed. They pledged their mutual admiration. They even managed to construct a simple sentence between them. For Republicans, it must have been an event that conjured up fond memories of The Bobbsey Twins.

Both Democratic challengers will most likely use that as a priceless opportunity to show Bush and McCain are really joined at the political hip in their upcoming campaign ads.

Limbaugh, sensing nobody is paying any attention to his call for Republicans to waste their votes in Texas, used part of his program on Wednesday and Thursday to hatch a brand new strategy. He’s trying to convince his listeners that the so-called “dream team” featuring an Obama/Clinton ticket (or the other way around) can’t possibly win. “You've got a woman and a black for the first time ever on the Democrat ticket. Ahem. They don't have a prayer," he told them.

Where’s the gamesmanship there? He’s really trying to pretend that a presidential ticket comprised of a black man and a white woman, doesn’t scare him to death.