Ann Coulter is holding her nose and voting for Mitt Romney. After spending several months of the primary warning that Romney was a loser who would mean certain defeat for the Republicans, Coulter announced her support for a Romney/Cain 2012 ticket on Hannity last night, noting that Romney had been “magnificent” in debates and “you’ve got to go with what you have,” but sounding far more enthusiastic about a Chris Christie 2020 campaign.
With Christie a certain “no” now (and always, but don’t tell the media they wasted the past two months on a non-story), it seems the logical conclusion that Coulter would endorse whoever the New Jersey governor did. The problem with that, however, is that Christie endorsed a candidate Coulter argued would be a surefire loser back in February. That said, when asked who she was supporting in this race, Coulter told Sean Hannity she was “Romney/Cain 2012… with Christie in 2020.” Coulter refrained endorsing Herman Cain for the top of the ticket, she noted, because “he has never held elected office before, and I really want to defeat Obama.”
That said, she mustered up the best defense of Romney she could: “Romney has been magnificent in these debates… you’ve got to go with what you have.” She added, “even the nut candidates [this year] are better that John McCain.” She followed her short answers by noting that after a victory in 2012, “we’ll bring in Chris Christie as our Mariano Rivera” eight years from now.
While Coulter had noted the inevitability of a Romney nomination in her speech at CPAC in February, she had said, explicitly, “if we don’t run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we’ll lose,” so a Romney endorsement from Coulter doesn’t inspire too much confidence. That said, it is probably an endorsement Romney owes directly to Christie, and likely in part to Rick Perry‘s implosion, as well. As far as using Coulter as a barometer of excitement in the American right goes, this can’t bode very well for them.