The Wingnut Case for Mitt

So many conservatives have spent so much time bashing Mitt Romney as a “moderate,” a “RINO,” as (to use Rick Perry’s term) “Obama Lite,” and so forth, that you might miss the fact that there are card-carrying wingnuts who actually favor his candidacy. One of those is Ann Coulter. Much as I hate to link to her site, she’s done a piece rationalizing her Mitt-o-mania that’s worth noticing, under the title, “Only One Candidate Is Right On the Two Most Important Issues.”

One, of course, is “repealing ObamaCare” before much more of it can be implemented, and on this one Coulter uses the conventional argument that Mitt’s more electable than anyone else.

But the bulk of her argument is devoted to the proposition that Romney really, really hates undocumented workers, and will raise heaven and earth to get rid of them:

Taxes can be raised and lowered. Regulations can be removed (though they rarely are). Attorneys general and Cabinet members can be fired. Laws can be repealed. Even Supreme Court justices eventually die.

But capitulate on illegal immigration, and the entire country will have the electorate of California. There will be no turning back….

And yet, almost all Republican presidential candidates support some form of amnesty for illegals in order to appeal to the business lobby…..

Only Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney aren’t trying to sneak through amnesty for illegal aliens. Both support E-Verify.

Numbers USA, one of the leading groups opposed to our current insane immigration policies, gives Republican presidential candidates the following grades on immigration: Paul, F; Gingrich, D-minus; Huntsman, D-minus; Santorum, D-minus; Perry, D; Romney, C-minus; and Bachmann, B-minus.

And that was before Romney said last week that Obama’s drunk-driving, illegal alien uncle should be deported!

Having established that Bachmann and Romney are the only two acceptable candidates for true conservatives, Coulter sadly concludes that the “wonderful” Bachmann has never won a statewide race (part of her argument against Paul and Gingrich), and thus, Mitt’s the One.

I fully expect “movement conservative” types, with the possible exception of scattered evangelical Mormon-haters, to support Romney if he’s the nominee. He’s tugged his forelock to them just enough this year, and although they doubt he’d be another Goldwater, they’d definitely settle for another Reagan or W. When the time comes, remember Coulter’s assurances that he’s mean and nasty enough to become a pleasant surprise for the Right.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.