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Jim DeMint’s destruction of
the Heritage Foundation

Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin

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Posted By:MissMolly, 10/22/2013 5:35:01 AM

In addition to the damage done to the GOP by his penchant for right-wing antics, of which the shutdown fiasco was only the latest, Jim DeMint, the president of Heritage Foundation, has ushered in a new era in the once-proud conservative think tank’s history. Under DeMint, Heritage Foundation has been subsumed to the interests of its sister organization, Heritage Action. As a result, Heritage Foundation is suffering a grievous slide in intellectual integrity and influence. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is the latest of many conservatives openly to express concern about the think tank. He told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd this week, “Right


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 10/22/2013 5:58:44 AM     (No. 9576395)

I am not convinced that Orrin Hatch is still a conservative.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: littleorby, 10/22/2013 6:06:55 AM     (No. 9576400)

I´m not a big Jim DeMint supporter. Remember how he used to, "I may filibuster this or I may do that," then back off? But if Senator Hatch and others are bashing him, it raises his prestige, in my mind.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Janjan, 10/22/2013 6:12:16 AM     (No. 9576404)

Jennifer Rubin is the WaPo´s token ´conservative´. Wink wink. She dutifully bashes any conservative she disagrees with - which is most of them - or the Tea Party (those ignorant unwashed voters who believe that their elected officials are there to represent them). The liberals mainly are left alone.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tisHimself, 10/22/2013 6:12:35 AM     (No. 9576405)

True to form, the Bush loyalists are planting stories with their favorite cartoon severe conservatives to attack other conservatives. This Rove stratergy is transparent, obvious and predictable: target conservatives-Palin, Cruz and now DeMint, who expose the unprincipled nature of the liberal republicans and go negative against any who challenge the great and powerful Karl, (and put a crimp in his fundraising).

And by the way, your half dozen or so severe conservatives friends here at the salon want to remind you that Unity is the color of the day.

RINOS have little use for the eleventh commandment. Get´s in the way of that whole new world order thingy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rinktum, 10/22/2013 6:48:20 AM     (No. 9576450)

This article and others like it that will, no doubt, be published soon is the beginning of the long knives being pulled against conservatives. Please, Ms, Rubin, explain to me what would be your strategy to confront this lawless administration. For decades the establishment has had one goal in mind and that was retaining their political power. What policies have they advanced to slow the rate of spending? Have they done a thing to stop the cronyism that is rampant in Washington DC and is destroying us. Did they have any thoughts on defeating the Dodd-Frank abomination that has just about destroyed us financially? What have you and your like-minded movers and shakers actually DONE to stop the growth of big government? Did I miss all your columns warning us of the socialist ideologue, Obama and his plans to fundamentally transform this country? What you and your friends want no part of is "we the people". You want us to sit down and shut up and continue to let our intellectual betters handle things. Well, frankly, we´re fed up with the Beltway blowhards who have brought us to this place. The fear the ruling class has is that the great unwashed masses will finally say enough is enough. You offer NO real opposition to Obama and his agenda but you certainly can pick apart conservatives and their policies. Show me one thing the establishment has done to alter the course we are on. One thing that has been successful in beating back the growth of big government. Your goal is to protect the status quo and do what Obama could not do, destroy conservatives.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: right-turn, 10/22/2013 7:14:24 AM     (No. 9576471)

Spiking a detailed report about the constitution allowing spying on citizens sounds like the right thing to do.

You say it was scholarly? Sure it was.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/22/2013 7:36:10 AM     (No. 9576493)

I don´t like deMint either. he´s a monolithic,stuck in the past thinker when the party needs new ideas.He was still humping a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution as late as last year which is totally impracticle to get passed or execute if it did pass.there´s no way you can even think about this without at least 15-20 million new jobs popping up and that will never happen under Obama.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ADNova, 10/22/2013 7:45:50 AM     (No. 9576507)

Heritage used to be a serious think tank for conservative ideas. That role is being filled more now by the libertarians over at Cato. Heritage has turned into a shrill fundraising machine for fringe candidates led by Mr. Fringe, Jim Demint. His antics might make you feel better but it won´t build a governing coalition and it will never flip the Senate or win the White House.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Judith, 10/22/2013 7:47:59 AM     (No. 9576511)

I don´t even think rubin realizes she is STILL a liberal viewing the right through those slanted glasses.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: god of irony, 10/22/2013 7:58:34 AM     (No. 9576530)

Rubin was Mitt´s #1 cheerleader and if Hatch is sucking up to Chuck Todd, I think I will pass on being pursuaded that Heritage Foundation is being damaged.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/22/2013 8:09:26 AM     (No. 9576546)

How many Divisions does Heritage have ?

The void created by Heritage has been filled by the likes of those who shape and mold public opinion through thoughtful and profound observations posted right here.

Ms. Lucianne´s brain child gets more notice among the D.C. elite than they would like to admit.

I´ve observed ideas and phrases hatched here (by those smarter than me) bleed through to the Sunday morning shows more than once.

Keep up the good work.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ramona, 10/22/2013 8:12:37 AM     (No. 9576551)

Thank you to Posters #4 and #5 for calling out the resident Rovettes, who have yet to display any evidence for the success of their Go-Along-to-Get-Along approach to governance (otherwise known as "coalition building").

The gig is up. Conservatives are way past being intimidated by the dire threats and warnings of those who spray Poo-Pourri and think the rest of us won´t notice that they´ve made a deposit in the porcelain throne.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 13 - Posted by: philsner, 10/22/2013 8:17:10 AM     (No. 9576562)

When I think of Orin Hatch the first thing in the picture is his ridiculous starched collars. To these so called "conservatives" the Senate is really just about them,

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 10/22/2013 8:30:32 AM     (No. 9576583)

Jim DeMint recently announced support for Mitch McConnell´s primary challenger. Predictably, the Republican establishment´s opposition research is now beginning to flow against DeMint, led by GOP apparatchiks like Jennifer Rubin and abetted by posters in this site.

During the last election, we called it the Great Romney You-Know-What-Hurling machine. It exists solely to attack real conservatives. It´s owned by people like Karl Rove; it´s run by ersatz conservatives like Jennifer Rubin.

And it is definitely full of it.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ivehadit, 10/22/2013 8:33:00 AM     (No. 9576586)

Day by day, Ted Cruz´s hero stature grows. Because he did the right thing. Because he made the media cover the perils of obamacare. Because he knew they never would without being forced to do so. Because he believes in honoring his promises. And because he is a good man.

Oh, and he made the democrats OWN BIGTIME this cruel and inhumane creature called obamacare.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: web, 10/22/2013 8:53:04 AM     (No. 9576608)

"Heritage claimed that immigration is bad for the U.S. economy." In what way is illegal immigration good for our economy? We have a affordable housing shortage, our schools are overcrowded, we have high unemployment, our streets are in gridlock, emergency rooms and food stamp offices are filled with illegals, who take billions in benefits and send much of it back to Mexico. Get rid of 30 million illegal aliens and most of these problems are solved.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: grampus, 10/22/2013 8:56:32 AM     (No. 9576616)

Ditto to #8.

Also, note to DeMint: Bad hair coloring can make you look older and phony, not younger and smarter.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 10/22/2013 8:58:33 AM     (No. 9576619)

Ah, the Indian Maiden once again graces the forum with substantive and always tasteful commentary. It´s obvious she carefully reads the posted pieces before offering an opinion. We are blessed.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: redgrains, 10/22/2013 9:10:47 AM     (No. 9576636)

Karl Rove and his fellow travelers like Rubin are THE existential threat to confronting 0´s lawless syndicate.
Rove, if you will, is 0´s enabler and has , or can get, the money to make life much worse for Ted Cruz and others who resist the cozy power hierarchy that talks--and does NOTHING.
As some have said here...Rubin is a Rove tool.
Rove is a VERY, very dangerous OZ...pulling strings to attempt to attack and dispirit WTP.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 10/22/2013 9:28:10 AM     (No. 9576661)

Having once myself been the unlucky recipient of #12´s ire on this forum (yes, Ramona, I am still taking my "stupid pills" {;-), I feel uniquely qualified to nominate #12 for Post of the Day. Without sarcasm.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/22/2013 9:39:37 AM     (No. 9576679)

The only time Orin Hatch is conservative is at election time, after which he goes back to saying he opposes democrats, but never votes that way, and always confirms the liberal judges and appointees because the president has a right to have who he wants. Using Orin Hatch as the news source leaves this article devoid of any credibility.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: The Advocate, 10/22/2013 9:41:51 AM     (No. 9576684)

Rubin´s reference to DeMint as a "partisan attack dog"- pure projection.
Orrin Hatch should have been defeated.
His long friendship with Ted Kennedy betrayed his supposed Conservatism.
He and McConnell have been in DC too long.
Immigration is good for this country-ILLEGAL immigration is destructive.
The Senate immigration bill and Rubios sell out should remain in the circular file.
Cruz/Carson or Carson /Cruz 2016-restore America.
No more Bushes.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: tisHimself, 10/22/2013 9:50:58 AM     (No. 9576699)

Ramona, nice to know that the usual C students not only fail to comprehend your point, as evidenced by her usual inability to respond to anything in a substantive fashion or with an original thought, but Cleary aren´t well read so as to pick up on anything else.

Beezus and Ribsy are huge fans.

Game ball to you.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 10/22/2013 9:56:10 AM     (No. 9576707)

WaPo is chock full of so-called conservatives who are as bad as leftwingers when it comes to handing out unwanted advice. I doubt that the folks at Heritage can be led by the nose, by DeMint or anyone else. That´s leftwing conditioning talking. How about some legitimate analysis instead of the endless arguments about angels dancing on the head of a pin?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Bohallx, 10/22/2013 9:57:43 AM     (No. 9576714)

Just more ticky tacky mindless twaddle from Jennifer Rubin.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Hard Nard, 10/22/2013 9:59:24 AM     (No. 9576715)

Wasn´t Hatch big buddies with Graham and McCain?

That would explain a lot....

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Reply 27 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 10/22/2013 10:11:19 AM     (No. 9576733)

When DeMint was in Congress actively recruiting conservatives to run for office, I contributed to him every time he asked. I have contributed to Heritage for years and was delighted when he became its head. I was also pleased when he started Heritage Action and have contributed to that.

I believe in Jim DeMint. As Lincoln said about Grant, "I cannot do without this man. He fights."

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Coy860, 10/22/2013 10:34:12 AM     (No. 9576774)

Orrin Hatch is not to be trusted, and is only conservative when he is running for re-election. A snake in the grass.
I like DeMint and am confident he will be successful.
Every day another good guy is put up for target practice. Stop playing the liberals game.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Rakasha, 10/22/2013 10:36:45 AM     (No. 9576779)

Rule number 2:

You must systematically destroy any person, place, or thing that excites conservatives.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: noparallel, 10/22/2013 10:41:52 AM     (No. 9576790)

"Jenny", Heritage isn´t the RNC. It´s a conservative group. Something you know nothing about.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: ramona, 10/22/2013 11:17:47 AM     (No. 9576867)

Thanks to Poster #23 who "gets it." Ellen, Austine, and Otis are lurking out there somewhere and I expect we might hear from them soon.

Honestly, after the last two presidential campaigns I simply got fed up with the elite, blind loyalty of the pro-Romney faction (a man whose lifestyle I admire and for whom I voted, albeit given the dreadful alternative my only other choice was to not vote). I began to see, like many others here, the extreme shallowness of their supposed conservative views. I would have so much more respect for these types if they could ever be honest enough to say "Here are the Conservative points with which I disagree." Instead, they ridicule true, thinking Conservatives who don´t meet their Ivy-League/Rockefeller Republican social credentials.

Poster #20, I sincerely apologize for the stupid remark. I still make mistakes, every day!
Ramona (still) the Pest

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 10/22/2013 11:41:58 AM     (No. 9576912)

It stings, doesn´t it, Orrin?

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Reply 33 - Posted by: ADNova, 10/22/2013 11:59:25 AM     (No. 9576939)

I admire Cruz´s and some of the hard right´s passion. Unfortunately, there simply aren´t enough people who, in their terms, "get it" to ever win more than a house seat.

Demint and the firebrands need to get ready for 8 years of President Hillary Clinton. Maybe the Cuccinnelli shellacking in VA will teach them a lesson more than Sharon Angle, Christine ODonnell, Todd Akin, or Richard Mourdock did but I doubt it. If the Tea Party wants to build a conservative ground swell I´m afraid it´s going to have to happen at the state houses. The Tea Party candidates simply aren´t ready for prime time.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 10/22/2013 12:34:30 PM     (No. 9576989)

"It speaks volumes that a generally center-left think tank will publish the important scholarly contributions of a conservative attorney on a key national security matter, but Heritage will not."

I haven´t read the piece in question, but ...

Brookings is "generally" center-left? "Generally"?

Also, does she realize what she has said? There are two ways of looking at how this "speaks volumes".

JR´s opinion piece smells like "strategery".

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Reply 35 - Posted by: fritzilou, 10/22/2013 12:48:33 PM     (No. 9577010)

Faux conservative columnist, Jennifer Rubin, continues her attack on all things truly conserfative. Her preferred candidates are of the same ilk that have gotten us into 17 trillion deficits and 90 trillion unfunded mandates we must pay for ad infinitem. And what else: more debt to come, because the Republicans were powerless to turn off the spigot. Jim DeMint is getting the message out and deserves our support.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: jglas, 10/22/2013 3:44:33 PM     (No. 9577280)

Sounds like the Tea Party is making serious inroads to some of the establishments favorite parts. I hope so. I sincerely want to see the "someday we´ll replace your form of big government with our form of big government but meanwhile let´s all just get along" replaced by "we´re going to replace your big government with our small as we can make it government and revoke Obamacare."

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Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
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WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

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