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Coulter: Palin has become ‘the Obama of the tea party’

It has been three years since former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made her splash as Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential running mate. Since then she has acquired a very loyal following – but is that helping her or hurting her?

On Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” substitute host Laura Ingraham asked conservative columnist Ann Coulter if Palin can maintain her status as a tea party favorite by stringing people along about her potential 2012 candidacy.

“Maybe not,” Coulter replied. “Newt Gingrich carried it on for 15 years and I kind of think that might be what we’re getting here, largely because of the polls. I mean, you just showed the Fox News poll. Gallup took a poll — I don’t know — five, six months ago, showing that … 65 percent said they would never definitely, positively, ever vote for Sarah Palin.”

Coulter pointed out that conservatives are reluctant to criticize Palin for fear of a backlash.

“Most Americans don’t want Sarah Palin for president,” Coulter continued. “But she’s become sort of the Obama of the tea party. She’s just ‘The One’ to a certain segment of right-wingers. And the tiniest criticism of her — I think many of your viewers may not know this — no conservative on TV will criticize Palin because they don’t want to deal with the hate mail. You say her voice is a few octaves too high, or perhaps Michele Bachman’s speaking voice is more modulated, and you will be inundated with enraged emails.”

Coulter also believes Palin’s loyal following could be a liability in the long run.

“I got sick of it with Newt Gingrich, too: Fish or cut bait,” Coulter said, ”because you are ginning up this group of Americans who will not even consider anyone else. You know, we used to all love Sarah Palin — conservatives like me — for her enemies. I’m starting to dislike her because of her fans … I think she’s bright, but her good points do not seem to be in the direction of running for president. I sort of wish, just like Newt Gingrich: Just run so we can get this over with.”

  • Lmacnaught

    I’m not choosing between Ann or Sarah.  Both are doing good things.  Sarah is my favorite but Ann and the rest of the media are young and waiting out this game as I did in the 60s, 70s, on and it is time we listen to everyone and not pick your few now.  There is no need for us voters to rush to pick one of the media’s favorites…Laura and Ann are guilty of pushing this along into it’s ‘slot’.  Don’t say run and get this overwith.  If you don’t think America is worth it perhaps you should have a sebatical..or whatever.  America is in a serious spot now and even though we are united in our thoughts of removing o from the wh…replacing him is very important now.
    So, slow down  and let us gleen all the info we can.  You both would be better off giving us interviews and more information on all of the candidates here and those who may run.  Stop trying to get into their heads.  You can’t.  You are young and have to hold your horses.  Trust us oldies…

  • Anonymous

    Sarah Palin doesn’t have the slightest CLUE how to accomplish the very vague and populist agenda that she touts.

    Folks, we are so neck deep in the SH** that has been built and layered upon our collective backs, that nothing short of World War Three is going to free us from the shackles of globalism that have been built.

    You’ve been asleep for too long already.  You might as well stand up and face the truth and realize that you are now on the defensive, and have been for a long time.  You are now on the outside looking in the window.

    • Anonymous

      Looking at her record proves you are in the business of false advertising!

  • Anonymous

    The Conservative movement is lost and adrift; philosophically, morally, attitudinally, spiritually, etc… nothing more than a set of vaguely defined generalisms and populist talking points.  The conservative movement needs an internal struggle to purge and focus itself, before it has a glimmer of hope to defeat the left.  Much of the conservative movement is indistinguishable from the left on a number of points.

    We’re in trouble.  Fortunately, adversity good for curing weakness.

  • Anonymous

    Coulter is beyond obsessed with Christie and she will burn many bridges in her quest to get him on the ticket…..the libs are loving her  now.

  • Anonymous

    I was born and raised a Republican. I use to vote for who I thought would do the best job…..Not any more. With the nut jobs running now………..shameful idiots. I will never vote for a Republican.

  • Anonymous

    Boy, you people can’t even get a long. Just think, if it wern’t for Obama, the auto industry would have failed like Rush wanted……It is a darn shame Obama is black and does not have a magic wand to erase 8 years of tax cuts and not funding wars…..He started the job in Jan. Why did he not have it fixed by what…Feb….off with his head!!!!!! Sarah Palin is the biggest joke of the Republican party. Watching Nancy Reagan go on about just say no…….One can only imagine someone bashing her daily like Sarah does Michelle Obama. Sarah is a disgrace to this country. Republicans frothing at the mouth as she bashes eating healthy……..I think one day when a Republican is president….They all come and go………..Let the bashing begin, and shocking does not even begin because I will never have respect for no stinking Republican, even if i like him….And you thought it was bad the Dixie Chicks said they were ashamed to be from Tx….You ain’t seen nothing yet!!!!!!! LOL….How’s that Ponzi scheme working for ya!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Maybe certain companies would have failed.So what?Others would have taken it’s place.It is called capitalism not socialism.Move to Europe if that is what you want.  

    • Anonymous

      Maybe certain companies would have failed.So what?Others would have taken it’s place.It is called capitalism not socialism.Move to Europe if that is what you want.  

    • Anonymous

      Maybe certain companies would have failed.So what?Others would have taken it’s place.It is called capitalism not socialism.Move to Europe if that is what you want.  

    • Anonymous

      Maybe certain companies would have failed.So what?Others would have taken it’s place.It is called capitalism not socialism.Move to Europe if that is what you want.  

    • Anonymous

      Maybe certain companies would have failed.So what?Others would have taken it’s place.It is called capitalism not socialism.Move to Europe if that is what you want.  

  • Seabreezemm

    coulter is a hemosexual supporting closet liberal that has nothing but hatred to spew for anyone that will listen.

  • Anonymous

    If Coulter keeps this up she could lose some of her “loyal” following.

  • Rowwdy

    Ann Coulter is obnoxious.  Not to mention really unattractive.   I can’t stand the woman and I am conservative.

  • Newly Minted

    Palin’s real job should be to elect a truly conservative Congress.

    Our politics is broken in many ways.  One is that we focus all our energy on the Presidency while ignoring the lemons we get in Congress.  The results is that we largely have a Congress of democrat leftists and RINO’s.

    Congress is the power in Washington.  It always has been and always will be.  Palin should go around the country to get true small government, Constitutional conservatives nominated in the Republican party.