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HUMAN EVENTS Exclusive: Coulter Takes on 'Christine Todd Witless'
Human Events Online ^ | February 25, 2005 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 02/25/2005 5:19:01 AM PST by hinterlander

Christine Todd Whitman's book, It's My Party, Too, was published January 27, 2005. Given publishing schedules, that means it was written when the conventional wisdom was that President Bush was going to lose the presidential election.

The November election marked the 10th consecutive presidential election that Democrats have not been able to get a majority of Americans to vote for them. Without a freak event like Watergate or Ross Perot, the Democrats would not have elected a single President since 1964.

In four decades, the Republican Party has gone from a party that was nearly outlawed by Democrats in the seventies to a Party that holds the White House, the Senate, the House, and a majority of state governorships. As the extra little strawberry on top, the opposition party is in complete disarray desperately trying to fake a belief in moral values and to come up with a new stance on abortion that will stop scaring voters. Solely to avoid disappearing as a Party, the Democrats will probably modify their position on abortion before Whitman does.

Whitman's book surveys the situation and concludes that Republicans would have done even better by appealing to pro-abortion Republicans like herself.

This is a little like writing a book to be published immediately after the 2003 World Series, arguing that the Yankees should not let Aaron Boone play. (In Game seven of the American League Championship Series, Boone hit a home run in the bottom of the 11th inning, delivering American League pennant to the Yankees.) This may be the worst timed book since James Glassman and Kevin Hassett's DOW 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting from the Coming Rise in the Stock Market, predicting in September, 1999 that the stock market was about to shoot sky high -- 6 months before it collapsed.

Leaving aside the substantive point of whether Republicans should join Whitman in placing more value on Bambi's life than the life of an unborn human baby, Whitman raises an empirical question. As it happens, she raises it at the precise moment that all the evidence is in and we already have the answer. Like the premise of the book -- Bush is going to lose by appealing to a bunch of crazy Christians! -- Whitman's argument is based on conventional wisdom that is now known to be false.

Her book is a pastiche of superficially appealing factoids that are supposed to demonstrate the vast, untapped demand for "moderate Republicans." The only problem with her arguments is that they immediately fall apart if you know any facts.

Thus for example, Whitman tries to downplay Bush's recent victory by saying: "Yes it's true that President Bush won more votes in 2004 than any other President, and that evangelical voters contributed to that victory," but she says, a "less publicized fact is that the President's 3-percentage-point popular vote margin was the smallest margin of any incumbent President ever to win reelection." She names Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and Harry Truman as re-election champions.

Let's review her own examples to see how social conservatives might have affected those elections.

Democrats Clinton and Truman both ran against precisely the sort of Republicans Whitman insists would sweep the nation. In fact, Clinton almost ran against Whitman herself!

Bob Dole ("Tax Collector For The Welfare State") tried to woo "moderate Republicans" by announcing in July, 1996 on both the "Today" show and "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" that he might choose a running mate who supported abortion rights -- including Christie Todd Whitman. "That may distress some people," Dole said, but we "need to win the election."

Dole spent the next few months flirting with another pro-choice Republican, Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania, and calling for weakening the Republican platform on abortion. Whitman was widely quoted at the time praising Dole for his proposal to put a "declaration of tolerance" in the platform.

Now she cites Dole's crushing loss as proof that moderate Republicans could help the Republican Party.

Truman also ran against just the sort of "moderate Republican" ticket Whitman says we need more of. At the top of the ticket was Thomas Dewey, a Wall Street lawyer, internationalist and governor of New York. He defeated the more conservative "Mr. Republican" Robert Taft in the primary. Dewey's running mate was the liberal Republican governor of California, Earl Warren, who later achieved fame as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on billboards across America that proclaimed: "Impeach Earl Warren." The Dewey-Warren ticket was the high water mark of the "moderate Republican" theory.

As for the Republicans who won re-election with larger margins than Bush, Richard Nixon ran as a strong cultural conservative in 1972 appealing to "you, the great, silent majority of my fellow Americans" against a Democratic Party that stood for "Acid, amnesty and abortion."

I assume it's jejune to discuss whether Ronald Reagan was a "moderate Republican." In addition to being portrayed as a religious-right kook throughout his presidency, Reagan galvanized evangelical Christians to become involved in politics in a major way, transforming American politics. (Liberals no longer describe Reagan that way because he's no longer President and he's dead.)

Reagan was the first president to speak at the very un-"moderate Republican" Conservative Political Action Conference. (Trivia question: Does anyone remember the Ripon society? It's completely vanished, except for occasional appearances as "the Log Cabin Republicans.")

Reagan was also the first president to write a book in office. That book was a passionate defense of the life of the unborn called Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation. Not having the benefit of Whitman's book, Reagan's book was published only seven months before the 1984 election. Reagan went on to win the largest electoral landslide in history in the very election Whitman cites in order to argue that Bush could have won a larger percentage of the vote if only he had reached out to "moderate Republicans."

Whitman's book is useful only as a sort of "Scared Straight" program for Republicans. If you believe these sophistries, you could end up locked on the wrong side of history. Thanks for the advice, but we Republicans like ideas that work, not ideas we've been told for 25 years will work, but never have.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: ann; book; bookreview; coulter; gop; itsmypartytoo; liberal; moderate; party; republicans; review; rinowhitman; whitman

1 posted on 02/25/2005 5:19:02 AM PST by hinterlander
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To: hinterlander

2 posted on 02/25/2005 5:20:58 AM PST by hinterlander
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To: hinterlander
This may be the worst timed book since James Glassman and Kevin Hassett's DOW 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting from the Coming Rise in the Stock Market, predicting in September, 1999 that the stock market was about to shoot sky high -- 6 months before it collapsed.

James Glassman:

That was a cheap shot!

(Sobs profusely at Coulter's barb. Scurries off of thread. Fondly remembers short-lived "TechnoPolitics" show that ran briefly on PBS stations during the mid-90s.)

3 posted on 02/25/2005 5:26:04 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: hinterlander
Like the premise of the book -- Bush is going to lose by appealing to a bunch of crazy Christians! -- Whitman's argument is based on conventional wisdom that is now known to be false.

So are we to assume that Whitman et al are an insignificant entitity?

4 posted on 02/25/2005 5:31:09 AM PST by stopem (Support the troops yellow ribbon purse-key-holders.)
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To: stopem
So are we to assume that Whitman et al are an insignificant entitity?

Not insignificant, just, well, clueless.
5 posted on 02/25/2005 5:33:28 AM PST by hinterlander
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To: hinterlander

Any questions, Christie? Fine - you can leave now.


6 posted on 02/25/2005 5:40:09 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: hinterlander
Two Coulters in one week! Thanks for the post.

I lump Whitman with another Republican apologist, Arlen Specter, who yesterday said Republicans are equally to blame for the judicial nominations impasse.

7 posted on 02/25/2005 5:45:32 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: stopem
"So are we to assume that Whitman et al are an insignificant entitity?"

Well, it's her party too, and she can cry if she wants to.

8 posted on 02/25/2005 5:50:15 AM PST by Enterprise (President Bush thought Wead was a friend. Turns out he was just a big fat tape worm.)
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To: hinterlander

but we Republicans like ideas that work, not ideas we've been told for 25 years will work, but never have.


Ann rocks!!!


9 posted on 02/25/2005 5:54:11 AM PST by JoeSixPack1 (@100mph, you have no friends.)
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To: hinterlander
It seems Whitman's implication is that moderate Republican didn't vote for President Bush. Then, who did moderate Republicans vote for?

Yes,Republicans and some Democrats voted for Bush - Democrats and some turn coat Republican voted for Kerry - but the majority voted for their respective candidates.

Whitman's positions seems a little naive, if not dumb. However, one can guess that she is talking to her specific constituency.

10 posted on 02/25/2005 5:55:22 AM PST by RAY (They that do right are all heroes!)
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To: agrace; courtjester59

coulter/whitman ping


11 posted on 02/25/2005 5:56:05 AM PST by lightingguy (Sorry, I got distracted)
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To: hinterlander; Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ..

Coulter Ping...........


12 posted on 02/25/2005 5:58:18 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: stopem

"So are we to assume that Whitman et al are an insignificant entitity?"

Only significant when they themselves are elected, at which point they become full-fledged RINOs.

So I guess the lesson is: tolerate moderates if you must, try to convert them to true conservatism if you can, and don't take them seriously or give them power until they do.


13 posted on 02/25/2005 5:59:35 AM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: RAY

I'm a moderate Republican...and I voted for Bush.


14 posted on 02/25/2005 6:15:14 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: hinterlander

Wotta numbskull.

15 posted on 02/25/2005 6:16:21 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: hinterlander

I missed Ann at CPAC because the room was so full I couldn't even get in. :(

I always enjoy her columns but she made a couple of errors here. 2004 was the 7th election, not the 10th, in which the Demo candidate got under 50% of the vote. Carter managed to eke out 50.1% (hard to believe!) in 1976.

She says President Reagan's 1984 victory was the largest electoral landslide in history. Close but I think FDR had a slightly larger margin in 1936.


16 posted on 02/25/2005 6:20:38 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: RAY
Her "specific constituency" is the MSM.

As with McCain, she believes the NYT editorial page should run the country.
17 posted on 02/25/2005 6:24:54 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: RAY
Whitman's book was written under the assumption that President Bush would lose the election.

She had to go back and change some of the book prior to publication when her wish did NOT come true.

Shame on her!

18 posted on 02/25/2005 6:30:01 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: stopem
-----So are we to assume that Whitman et al are an insignificant entitity (sic)?----

Hopefully, yes.

What Whitman doesn't get is that what she says sounds plausable in theory, but in reality does the opposite.

Her people drive the faithful (real conservatives) out of the party & attract none of the Dems that she thinks they will. What she fails to understand about Dems is that party loyalty supersedes personal good sense. They ain't comin' over, regardless.

Example: A friend of mine was going totally ballistic last year. Howard Dean on steroids. I posed a hypothetical question to him: "What if Bush were to wholeheartedly endorse every liberal cause you favor, and disavow every conservative principle you dislike?"

His response? "I hate the SOB no matter what; I'm never voting Republican".
19 posted on 02/25/2005 6:31:10 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60's.....you weren't really there.)
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To: Rummyfan

I lump Whitman with another Republican apologist, Arlen Specter, who yesterday said Republicans are equally to blame for the judicial nominations impasse.


7 posted on 02/25/2005 5:45:32 AM PST by Rummyfan




You know it's comments like that, that make we want those pictures of him and a choir boy in counciling to go public.

He may bery well be the original manchurian candidate.


20 posted on 02/25/2005 6:41:52 AM PST by Area51 (Illegal Immigration: 20 Million Mexicans can't be wrong.)
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To: WestTexasWend
So I guess the lesson is: tolerate moderates if you must, try to convert them to true conservatism if you can, and don't take them seriously or give them power until they do.

I agree with that!

21 posted on 02/25/2005 7:22:36 AM PST by stopem (Support the troops yellow ribbon purse-key-holders.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
"I hate the SOB no matter what; I'm never voting Republican".

They hate George W. Bush so much because he looks, acts, and talks like most of America.

They are not the "I hate Bush party", they are the "I hate America" party.

Ms. Whitman, Arnold, Rudy and the rest should take the Democratic party back from the kooks. Then we could return to a serious, and civil, debate on social issues.

22 posted on 02/25/2005 7:36:38 AM PST by dinasour (Pajamahadeen)
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To: WestTexasWend

No wonder the Lefties so hate Annie, she backs up her reasoning with facts. There's also some good advice for Conservies: CW's...book is useful only as a sort of "Scared Straight" program for Republicans...believe these sophistries, you could end up locked on the wrong side of history.


23 posted on 02/25/2005 7:36:57 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero)
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To: hinterlander

Nice find on this article. Thanks.

I think it should be posted again whenever the RINOs start making noises about how we need to get more moderate.


24 posted on 02/25/2005 7:18:20 PM PST by Dan Evans
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To: hinterlander
Ping for my favorite quotes:


"Without a freak event like Watergate or Ross Perot, the Democrats would not have elected a single President since 1964. "

This is a two-fer--not only does she make a point that Demos are unsuccessful, she slams the "freak event" Ross Perot.

"As the extra little strawberry on top, the opposition party is in complete disarray desperately trying to fake a belief in moral values and to come up with a new stance on abortion that will stop scaring voters. Solely to avoid disappearing as a Party, the Democrats will probably modify their position on abortion before Whitman does. "

While slamming Demos, she backhands Whitman again.


"This may be the worst timed book since James Glassman and Kevin Hassett's DOW 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting from the Coming Rise in the Stock Market, predicting in September, 1999 that the stock market was about to shoot sky high -- 6 months before it collapsed. "

I remember those days. I looked at the P/E ratios (100:1 to 300:1) and figured what their earnings had to be to justify them and I stayed away from them like they were radioactive. Even Microsoft.

"Leaving aside the substantive point of whether Republicans should join Whitman in placing more value on Bambi's life than the life of an unborn human baby, Whitman raises an empirical question. "

A classic Coulterism--condemning Demos for their positions by showing how ridiculous they are.

And I've gotta go--that's it for now.
25 posted on 02/26/2005 12:47:37 PM PST by Forgiven_Sinner (God is offering you eternal life right now. Freep mail me if you want to know how to receive it.)
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To: Forgiven_Sinner
Just a pic before I go . . .

26 posted on 02/26/2005 1:14:15 PM PST by Forgiven_Sinner (God is offering you eternal life right now. Freep mail me if you want to know how to receive it.)
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To: hinterlander

thanks...almost missed this one.


27 posted on 03/03/2005 6:17:54 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: stopem

"So are we to assume that Whitman et al are an insignificant entitity?"

Not insignificant - just not worth the price of their patronage either. As Coulter points out, when you appeal to this supposedly "moderate" entity, you lose a much larger entity - the pro-life wing of the party.

Whitman's "moderate" position on abortion is to VETO a partial-birth-abortion ban that passed by a large margin. Excuse me, but if legalizing killing babies as the head crowns is "moderate", what's "extreme" going the other way? Killing them on their -second- birthday?

Qwinn


28 posted on 03/03/2005 6:30:10 AM PST by Qwinn
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