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Mark Levin vs. Ann Coulter: Conservative radio host challenges criticism of Sarah Palin

Jeff Poor Media Reporter

On his Wednesday radio program, conservative host Mark Levin, author of “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America,” responded to clip of Ann Coulter that appeared on The Daily Caller website earlier this week.

Coulter, author of “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America,” had been critical of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, suggesting that she has been injecting herself into the Republican presidential nominating process. Levin questioned the news value of Coulter’s remarks.

“This may get me in trouble, but I don’t really care,” Levin said. “I don’t know what decisions are made to post things on some of these actual wonderful conservative websites. Like, I really like The Daily Caller. I’m trying to remember all the site, not just to mention The Daily — but there’s Ann Coulter, gives a speech to a small Republican Party gathering. And what does she do? She trashes, if not directly but indirectly Sarah Palin.”

Levin said that some people really think a brokered convention is a legitimate possibility.

“This brokered convention thing, I mean [former RNC chairman] Michael Steele believes this is likely to go down to the convention, as do some others,” he continued. “Whether it does or not, I mean it could, right?”

Levin read some passages from Coulter’s Vero Beach, Fla. appearance and then leveled his criticism at the conservative author.

“Let’s get our facts straight,” he said. “I mean are we debating RomneyCare again? She was asked if she would include herself in such a process. She said yes, if people were interested. But she didn’t promote herself in a brokered convention.”

Levin took a few shots at former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, asking if he wasn’t perhaps interfering in the process of Republican politics in the same way Palin had been accused. He called those criticsms “mindless” and “poisonous.”

“I assume there she’s calling — hopefully I’m wrong — Sarah Palin there a charlatan,” he said. “This is fascinating to me. Ann, how do you make your income? You give speeches? Make extreme comments? Throw a lot of fists and elbows? Sarah Palin has contributed an enormous amount to the conservative movement, the tea party and to current public debate. She’s somebody to emulate, not to smear.”

Coulter didn’t respond to Levin’s comments, but she did refer to a Feb. 15 appearance Palin made on Fox Business Network’s “Follow the Money” with Eric Bolling.

“If it had to be kind of closed up today, the whole nominating process, then we would be looking at a brokered convention,” Palin said. “I mean nobody is quite there yet, so I think that months from now, if that is the case, then you know, all bets are off as to who it will be, willing to offer up themselves up in their name in service to their country. I would do whatever I could to help.”

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