Conservatives waking up to the news Thursday could probably use this.
The Ted Cruz-led fight to defund Obamacare might have not have succeeded this time around but it will help Republicans in the long run, self-described “conservative ayatollah” Ann Coulter told Piers Morgan on Wednesday.
That’s because it branded them even more as the party determined to get rid of a law a majority of the country hates, Coulter said.
“I think the last three weeks have been magnificent,” Coulter said, flying in the face of conventional wisdom, as always.
Appearing on Morgan’s show to plug her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal over 3,” Coulter said the defunding fight and government shutdown helped define Republicans in a way that will pay off at the polls in the future – in what it stands for, and what it’s against.
Without the defunding fight and the government shutdown, “we would not have been talking about Obamacare the last three weeks,” Coulter said
“It’s very clear the Republican Party is the party that stands for revisiting Obamacare.”
Morgan, a creature of the liberal establishment of ever there was one, seemed to have trouble seeing the point, noting recent polls that show the Republican brand suffered in the fight.
Coulter said that will turn out to be a plus.
“The Republican Party is not just allowing the Democrats to say, ‘we passed this bill …,’ “ she said. “This makes it very clear the Republicans are not just moving on.”
(In her latest column, Coulter details the reasons Obamacare needs to be overturned and belittles libs who claim it’s now “settled law.”)
Coulter also praised the Senate leaders of the GOP fight, Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, as examples of the way forward to future GOP electoral wins at the congressional and presidential levels — once Obama is out of the picture.
And to make those wins more likely, Coulter said tea party activists need to be more realistic about demanding ideological “purity” from candidates running for statewide seats in states like Delaware, where the electorate isn’t conservative enough to support a tea party candidacy.
“We need to win elections,” she said.
“As long as we don’t run Todd Aiken, we’re doing just fine.”
Check out Coulter’s interview with Morgan here. After Wednesday night, it’s a real pick-me-up.