During Geraldo Rivera’s Monday radio show on WABC-AM in New York City, conservative commentator Ann Coulter recalled a story about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s desire to groom former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin when she first achieved national prominence.
Coulter, author of “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama,” said she had heard from those close to Thatcher.
“One thing that I know, because I know people who know her, is when Sarah Palin first burst on the scene, she wanted to have a meeting with Palin, because she saw raw political talent, but wanted to teach Sarah Palin to do what she did,” Coulter said. “I just know it from friends of hers — to teach [Palin] to speak proper English. Sarah Palin did not meet with her. And just a year or two ago, when Sarah Palin was promoting some reality show or something, she went to England and she announced to the press that she was planning on dropping by to see Lady Thatcher. And Lady Thatcher put out the word that she would not be available.”
Rivera asked Coulter what the moral of that story was. Coulter responded that it illustrated that raw political talent doesn’t amount to much without effort.
“What, I think, a lot of us saw, that Sarah Palin did have raw political talent,” Coulter replied. “And if she had been willing to put her nose to the grindstone and pursue improving herself, speaking proper English, reading stuff, knowing lots of things, she could have been great. I mean, she’s a fine person, but that isn’t what she’s pursuing.”