Many political pundits have been wondering if Sarah Palin’s spotlight is fading due to her indecision on whether to enter the Republican primary. Anne Coulter is one of them. On Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” fill-in host Laura Ingraham asked Coulter if Palin can maintain her status as a tea party favorite if she continues to delay her decision to run in 2012.
Ingraham also stated that eventually Palin’s tease has to deliver or just go away.
“Maybe not,” Coulter replied. “Newt Gingrich carried it on for 15 years and I kind of think that might be what we’re getting here, largely because of the polls. I mean, you just showed the Fox News poll. Gallup took a poll - I don’t know - five, six months ago, showing that … 65 percent said they would never definitely, positively, ever vote for Sarah Palin.”
With numbers like hers, Coulter said its unlikely Palin would run. Both women agreed that Palin was good at galvanizing crowds but seems to lack substance on some important issues.
Coulter also made the statement that conservatives are hesitant to criticize the former governor for fear of backlash.
“Most Americans don’t want Sarah Palin for president,” Coulter continued. “But she’s become sort of the Obama of the tea party. She’s just ‘The One’ to a certain segment of right-wingers. And the tiniest criticism of her – I think many of your viewers may not know this – no conservative on TV will criticize Palin because they don’t want to deal with the hate mail. You say her voice is a few octaves too high, or perhaps Michele Bachman’s speaking voice is more modulated, and you will be inundated with enraged emails.”
“I got sick of it with Newt Gingrich, too: Fish or cut bait,” Coulter said, ”Because you are ginning up this group of Americans who will not even consider anyone else. You know, we used to all love Sarah Palin – conservatives like me – for her enemies. I’m starting to dislike her because of her fans … I think she’s bright, but her good points do not seem to be in the direction of running for president. I sort of wish, just like Newt Gingrich: Just run so we can get this over with.”
Coulter went on to lament what most conservatives have already thought of Palin as a potential candidate: unelectable.
“There is an incorrect statement that is often made by – by many conservatives out there. Yes, it's true that liberals will accuse some Republicans of being unelectable, just because they don't want to face those Republicans. But that doesn't mean there's no such thing as unelectable.”
“There is such a thing as electable. And Republicans and conservatives ought to be focused on that like a laser beam, because I agree Obama has a glass jar and we've got to get this guy out if we want to turn the country around.”
In a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, Obama, despite falling approval ratings, still trounces Palin in a match up 53 to 41.