- The Washington Times - Friday, April 18, 2014

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016.

She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.”

Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault.

“I think too much blame, not only in this case, but on many cases and this is an important point, is put on the candidates for not being the attack dogs,” she said, Breitbart.com reported. “That is the job of people in the media, the conservative media, because the candidate himself — the Democrats don’t have to worry about this because they have the entire mainstream media being their opposition research and attack dogs and defenders. And so the candidate, like Obama, can just look charming and laugh things up and he comes out and says, ‘Oh, I think it’s terrible they’re attacking Sarah Palin’s family.’ “

A core criticism of Mr. Romney — at least from the tea party types and from many on the right — was that he wasn’t conservative enough.

Ms. Coulter’s Thursday campaign for Mr. Romney wasn’t that shocking, given that she made similar statements earlier in the month during an interview on MofoPolitics.com with Howie Carr.

Then, she said in answer to a question about who she supports for president: “I’m planning on giving Mitt Romney a little more time to rest — flying out, kidnapping him and depriving him of sleep, food and water until he agrees to run again. … I think he was a fantastic candidate.”

During that same interview, Ms. Coulter also called Sen. Ted Cruz “a disaster on illegal immigration,” RealClearPolitics.com reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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