On a Sunday morning segment of Fox & Friends yesterday, conservative author Ann Coulter slammed South Carolina winner Newt Gingrich as the candidate who would throw out the baby and keep the bath water. She also claimed that the very act of supporting the former Speaker had disqualified South Carolina as an indicator of the national mood.
Apparently, South Carolinians would rather have the emotional satisfaction of a snotty remark toward the president than to beat Obama in the fall, Coulter began in a fiery condemnation of Gingrich, currently tied with Romney in Florida.
South Carolina Acted 'How Mobs Behaved'
South Carolina has a history of picking the eventual Republican nominee, a pattern that has held since 1980.
But Coulter, who has been a Romney supporter since Chris Christie declined to run, dismissed the state's importance. The conservative author and pundit argued that it was going back to its Democratic roots by supporting the former Speaker, and claimed that the state had proven it didn't represent Republican voters by the very fact that Gingrich won.
We saw it in the debates when Gingrich would say things that didn't really make sense, said Coulter. That is what you usually associate with Democrats, which I described in my last book, 'Demonic,' how mobs behave.
Gingrich 'Least Conservative' And 'Least Electable'
Ann Coulter went on to pick apart several of the remarks that generated the biggest applause for Gingrich during the debates.
Something that sounds like it makes sense like, 'Mitt Romney doesn't have influence over his super PAC, that makes you wonder if he'll have influence as president,' quoted Coulter.
How many times does Mitt Romney have to say it is illegal for a candidate to have influence on the super PAC?
She also questioned Newt Gingrich's conservative credentials, and argued that the candidate relied on double-talk and low-brow attacks rather than on policy, saying he uses Michele Bachmann's talking points and his own rather notorious history in the House of Representatives.
She was conservative--Newt Gingrich is the least conservative of these candidates and the least electable! Coulter exclaimed.
He took $1.6 million from Freddie Mac, Coulter said, But, you know, he attacked Paul Ryan's plan on Social Security. So with Newt Gingrich, you throw out the baby and keep the bath water.
Coulter Defends Moderator John King
It was when the conversation turned to Newt Gingrich's most controversial (and most S.C. crowd-pleasing) answer, however, that Coulter took the gloves off.
When the Fox & Friends hosts mentioned Gingrich's response to John King, where the former Speaker denied belittling poor people and trumpeted the importance of work ethic, Coulter let loose.
The South Carolina audience loves when he yells at John King for making a perfectly legitimate opening question, Coulter fumed.
John King is a completely fair reporter, an honorable reporter, she said of the moderator, who was booed by the South Carolina debate audience. And Newt Gingrich goes back to the well to attacking the media, and I resent that.
She also defended his right to ask Newt Gingrich about his numerous marriages, and his two known extramarital affairs.
The arguments I hear on behalf of Gingrich on this is we heard for two solid years about Bill Clinton, Coulter said. I never thought I would hear conservative make those arguments.
I promise you, if Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum have cheated on two wives, I wouldn't support Mitt Romney, she added in a final dig against Gingrich. I wouldn't support Rick Santorum.
Interestingly enough, one of the Coulter's most vocally stated points against Gingrich, that he was unelectable and unappealing to the GOP nationwide, was the same comment she herself made about Mitt Romney last February.
Well, I'll put it in the nutshell, she told Fox in a clip replayed on The Hannity Show in December. If we don't run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we'll lose.
Ann Coulter has since claimed that she was sick the day that clip was filmed, and that she changed her mind about Romney after reviewing his proven ability to win Democratic states like he did as the governor of Massachusetts.
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