May 1st, 2009
02:09 PM ET

Time 100: Ann Coulter on Sarah Palin

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Ann Coulter
For Time

Sarah Palin was arguably the most influential person in 2008, but no one notices because she wasn't influential enough to overcome the deficits of her running mate and win the election.

Until Palin, 45, burst onto the scene, Obama was headed for a Nixon/McGovern landslide. Palin may not have changed the election result, but she killed what otherwise would have been a rout.

John McCain was so preposterous a candidate (at least on a Republican ticket) that Palin was responsible for far more votes than the usual vice-presidential candidate. The biggest red flag proving her popularity with normal Americans is that liberals won't shut up about her. Palin is a threat to liberals because she believes in God and country and family — all values liberals pretend to believe in but secretly detest. There's a reason there's no "Stop Olympia Snowe before it's too late!" movement.

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  1. Ashley Bell

    regarding "Lampe's" comment, just as there was a standard for the first African-American President, there is going to be one for the first female. Im sorry, Palin does not meet that standard, and as for Hilary Clinton, she was absolutely a great candidate, the major thing working against her was the fact that her husband already served in the White House. Lets look at the facts and see what women are really "hating." I am a young woman, only 20, and believe me, my mother HAS taught me to believe that women can be whatever they want to be.

    May 1, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  2. Chris

    Ann, please run for VP with Sarah Palin. I want to make sure The Daily Show and other late night comedians have good material.

    Seriously, I am one of those people with Republican views on many financial issues, but I am pro-choice, believe in gay marriage (I believe the gov't should be completely out of marriage), want reasonable gun control, and am just average religious. Fundamentalists scare the hell out of me – regardless of their religion. As for demographics, I make $250K/year and am a 37 yr old male with a 7yr old son, and live in Colorado. I voted for both Clinton presidencies, George Bush in 2000, and Gore in 2004. The leaning to the right started to scare me right after Bush got into office. I guess you could say I'm a moderate, and the Republican Party moving to the right just steers me to the only alternative, Dems.

    May 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  3. Carol B. in MD

    I agree with Viki and some of the other posters. Most people are tired of polarizations or histrionic pundits.Also, isn't Coulter a fine, tolerant, Christian spewing, "9/11 harpies...blech"or "commies...blurg." Maybe Benny Hinn can help her. Good luck to Palin if that's her future spokesperson.

    May 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  4. Ian Daly

    Ann who?

    May 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  5. David inSan Diego

    I love it when Ann Coulter is out there selling her books. Her ideas document the disintegration of any sense of integrity in the Republican't party. The more Coulter, Palin, Limbaugh, et al are in the media, the more secure a long Democratic reign is. You go girl!!

    May 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  6. Lampe

    I am totally blown away by all the Hatethat is still coming from women. First you all let The Democratic Party disrespect probably the best female candidate for POTUS (HRC). Then you continue to bash a women, who is trying to accomplish what no other woman has every achieved, the highest office, or second highest office in the land. I really hope that if you have daughters, that you are instilling in them that no matter how women hate other women, that (MAYBE) someday they can be anything they want to be.

    May 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  7. Tobie

    Go away Ann and take Rush with you!

    May 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  8. Connie Dittrich

    I haven't mentioned um.... who? Oh, right Sarah Palin's name in almost five months. There is so much other important news in the world and so many other real issues to think about and try to resolve in my day-to-day life that Sarah Palin is the least of my worries. Thankfully Barack Obama won the election of 2008 by having a clear vision for our country. And the "liberals" who voted for him together with the many cross-over Republicans understood that the times demanded his leadership. These conservative talking heads like Ann Coulter are trying to keep SP in the limelight because they have no one else and NOTHING going for them. Only a few of the enlightened ones understand they need to start over - from scratch, and AC is not one of them.

    May 1, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  9. Janie from Louisiana

    Agree fully with Ms. Coulter in the Time article. Sarah Palin should have been and should become the nominee for President for the Republican party. She displays all the values and ideas and passion of the true Republican party. Truly hope she runs. She is as polarizing as Hillary Clinton used to be, and this will give Democrats a great advantage! Praying for her to win the nomination for president by Republicans in 2012!

    May 1, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  10. Tasha

    hahahahaha Ann Coulter.

    I learned a while ago that she does nothing but release hot air when she speaks. She is the most dangerous kind of conservative there is, the Radical-Ignorant-Hatemonger. I can't imagine how anyone could possibly take her seriously. People like her and Palin are the reason that the Republican party is where it is now. There's a huge schism right now, and it's only widening as time goes on. It's terrible for Republicans, but I guess good for us. 🙂

    May 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  11. LUVSTJ

    If Palin and Coulter define "normal Americans", please sign me up on the abnormal list. And Ann, please know that libs aren't scared of Palin. (That conjecture made my day!). As a matter of fact, we hope and pray that you will run her again in 2012. Please, please run her again. There's no better way to ensure a second term for Obama. "PALIN for PRESIDENT – 2012"...A ticket Dems can believe in.

    May 1, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  12. Riley

    Ann Coulter can't say anything without taking a shot at liberals. Is that all she is? I would like to see some depth in an article, not just childish nanny-nanny-boo-boo.

    May 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  13. Jenn

    Does she really think people are going to fall for this??? Just because she claims more people voted for McCain because of Palin, that doesn't make it remotely true! Most of my family is republicans and some of them actually decided against voting, rather than voting for that hick once she was added to the ticket (they would never vote for a democrat). Ann, get over yourself and stop acting as if you putting a positive spin on this ditzy woman is going to change anything, for her or the republican party!

    May 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  14. Ashley Bell

    This might be one of the worse written stories. Instead of generalizing all liberals, do a little research and realize many strongly believe in God, they just believe in the rights of the Average American as well. These views held by Coulter are so out-dated its ridiculous. It's 2009 Ann.

    May 1, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  15. Ed Davis

    If Sarah Palin is the Republican's savior they are in big trouble. Ann Coulter should move on.

    May 1, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  16. Alan

    Ann Coulter can be abrasive at times, but what she said above is true. Often what she says is right on, but she can be a little annoying when she is talking about it. The Republicans become marginalized when they continue acting like Democrats. Right now we have two awful parties that if people took a step back and looked would recognize they are one in the same. Arlen Spector is a great example. He claims he left the Republican Party because the Republicans were moving too far to the right. But the Republicans have spent too much time trying to be like Democrats and their base isn't voting for them. When there is a real Republican Conservative on the ticket that changes everything. Arlen Spector was going to have his butt handed to him in the primary and he knew it. So he became a Democrat because it's not about party or people, it's about POWER and Control. It's those very people that need to be thrown out of Washington once and for all.

    May 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  17. Viki Anderson

    hmmm God, Country and Family...I totally believe in all three. What I don't believe in is Sarah Palin or Ann Coulter for that matter. And I don't need her to tell me what "values" I do or don't believe in. What a crock, why does anyone give her opinion any "value"? I know I don't.

    May 1, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  18. Dawn West

    Ann Coulter is the epitome of everything that currently ails the Republican party. Her radical far-right wing views are not representative of moderate, thoughtful Americans. She is downright vitriolic and at times even hateful. Her divisive views are surely very much a turn-off to most centrist Americans.She is a vile person. She does nothing to help the GOP. She only stirs up the psychopathic fringe of the party. She is a joke.

    May 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  19. elaine

    Ann Coulter ... where to begin! every time i read something from this woman i am stunned. do people really listen to and believe the things she says? for the record, i am a card carrying, bleeding heart,tree hugging liberal. i do not believe in god, but i believe in your right as an individual to believe,(or not believe).check on Jefferson's take on the constitution,(you know,Thomas... one of our founding fathers). i love my country and am extremely thankful for being lucky enough to have been born here.but, in the words of another great man,"where you're born should not decide, whether you live or whether you die." And she says liberals don't care about family?? she should talk to some gay, lesbian. transgender, and bisexual people, the ones that are fighting for the right to have a family, the right to be treated with the same amount of respect and dignity that she is given in spite of her obvious ignorance and lack of compassion.

    May 1, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  20. Lampe

    Ann, is entitled to support Gov. Palin if she wants. No one stopped all the starry-eyed people showing their LOVE for Obama. And, I honestly believe that she is a threat to some people. Why else would people find it necessary, to bash her and her family every chance they get? I have seen stories on here about people who have nothing to do with Gov. Palin, yet many throw her name into it, just to bash her. I just don't get it. If she is not a threat, why do so amny hate her?

    May 1, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  21. Lee Cannefax

    Palin is about as big a threat as a candidate as Coulter would be. ZERO except for the millions the NRC would place behind Palin. Coulter says McCain was a disastrous candidate? Wait until Palin runs and bares the full breathe of a 2 year nonstop out in the public run for the WH. Now we’re talking landslide. The Dem’s can’t wait.. Hope Coulter is Palin's VP running mate...

    May 1, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  22. Jeffrey

    "values liberals pretend to believe in but secretly detest" – how preposterous. How dare Ann Coulter presume to know what anyone – liberal or conservative believes about anything. Why this woman gets one ounce of attention is beyond me.

    May 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  23. Bill Skeat -- Athens, WV

    Ann Coulter shows the danger of bleach continually coming in contact with the skin. She is one of the reasons that so many people that espouse Republican values do no not support that party. if they are not careful, they will be marginalized to the point of not being able to come back as a political force. They"ll just be known as the party of loonies.

    May 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm |