Ann Coulter: McCain nomination would make me a 'Hillary girl'
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Friday February 1, 2008 |
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It seems as though the latest game among some conservative pundits is to play "can you top this" in seeing how far they can go to proclaim their distaste for Senator John McCain.

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew media attention to himself last week when he suggested he might not support McCain if he became the Republican nominee. Now Ann Coulter has upped the ante, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity that if John McCain is the Republican nominee, she's supporting Hillary Clinton.

"If he's our candidate, then Hillary's going to be our girl," Coulter asserted. "Because she's more conservative than he is. I think she would be stronger on the war on terrorism. ... I absolutely believe that. ... I will campaign for her if it's McCain."

Coulter went on to enumerate the areas in which she finds Clinton preferable to McCain, saying, "He has led the fight against -- well, as you say, interrogations, I say torture -- at Guantanamo. She hasn't done that."

"He did support the war," objected Hannity.

"So did Hillary," Coulter shot back, dismissing Hannity's suggestion that Clinton has promised to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq. "When George Bush said at the State of the Union Address that the surge is working in Iraq, Obama sat on his hands, Kennedy sat on his hands -- Hillary leapt up and applauded."

"She lies less than John McCain," Coulter continued. "She's smarter than John McCain, so that when she's caught shamelessly lying, at least the Clintons know they've been caught lying. McCain is so stupid he doesn't even know when he's been caught."

"John McCain is not only bad for Republicans," concluded Coulter, "he is very, very bad for the country."

Conservative bloggers in general reacted to Coulter's remarks by calling her an "idiot" or a "lunatic." However, one commenter at a conservative blog may have been more perceptive in offering the suggestion that "it is possible that Coulter said this to cause trouble for Hillary."

It does seem that Coulter may have been deliberately smearing Clinton on the torture issue. Despite claims last fall that she had been vague on the matter, Clinton clearly said at that time, "I think we have to draw a bright line and say 'No torture abide by the Geneva conventions, abide by the laws we have passed.'" A year earlier, Clinton had decried torture in announcing her opposition to the Military Commissions Act.

A full transcript is available here.

This video is from Fox's Hannity & Colmes, broadcast January 31, 2008.