WASHINGTON, March 16, 2016 — Conservative lightning rod, author and syndicated columnist Ann Coulter is a pariah even among her fellow right-wingers.
Coulter has not been invited to address the Conservative Political Action Conference for several years, despite her popularity among past attendees.
The reason is her full-throated condemnation of Republican supporters of “comprehensive immigration reform,” i.e., fast track citizenship for illegal aliens, and her recent support for Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.
“[GOP] voters have been waiting a really long time for a candidate who would put Americans first. Not donors, not plutocrats, not foreigners, and certainly not foreign plutocrats (i.e., Fox News),” Coulter wrote in a February column.
“Trump is the first presidential candidate in 50 years who might conceivably: (1) deport illegal aliens, (2) build a wall, (3) block Muslim immigration, (4) flout political correctness, (5) bring manufacturing home, and (6) end the GOP’s neurotic compulsion to start wars in some godforsaken part of the world.”
That does not sit well with the ringmasters of the conservative movement, an enterprise that has, since the time of Ronald Reagan, become a “big-tent” movement whose agenda is indistinguishable from that of Democrats on matters of illegal immigration, government health care, federal spending and the nation’s debt.
Big-government “conservatism” is all the rage among Republican Party elites and their small circle of media pundits. If they could, these elites would disinvite GOP Trump voters from the Republican Party just as Coulter was disinvited from CPAC.
Tuesday, those voters gave Trump their 99 delegate votes (45.7 percent) over Marco Rubio (27 percent) in the latter’s home state of Florida. Sunshine State exit polls found “62 percent of Republicans feel betrayed by their own party,” Fox News reported.
“America is in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami,” said Rubio while announcing the suspension of his presidential campaign, “and we should have seen this coming. People are angry and people are very frustrated.”
The old left/right paradigm is dead.
It gave up the ghost between the years 2010 and 2015. It was during this time that Republican voters gave “conservative” GOP lawmakers control of Congress. Since then, these politicians have given the “transformative” President Obama pretty much everything he has requested.
But sincere conservatives should take heart. It was Ronald Reagan who abandoned the left/right paradigm as far back as 1964. In his great speech, “A Time for Choosing,” he said:
“You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well, I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left and right. There’s only an up or down … the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.”
And Trump appears to be the ascending choice of disgruntled Republican voters who are tired of a failed ideological label and its failed ideological promoters.
“Conservative pundits keep assuring clueless [television] viewers that Trump is not a ‘real Republican,’” wrote Ann Coulter in a column. “I know he’s a real American. Those used to be the same thing.”