Ann Coulter has a tendency to be alarmist. And she tends to rhetorical overreach.
The result is: people read her columns and books. They pay attention to her ideas. Often they form strong opinions about her views, but if that’s what it takes to become a celebrity intellectual, that’s what it takes.
In her column today, Coulter calls out the Republican Party for failing in its most important task: winning elections. She might have been doing a postmortem on the debacle of 2012, but she is aiming directly at this year’s Senate races.
When it comes to politics, conservatives need to learn one thing from liberals: All that matters is winning.
Or, as it says in the Bible:
Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; render unto God the things that are God’s.
Different arenas have different rules. Different arenas have different kinds of success.
You do not get involved in politics to demonstrate your superior virtue. You do not run for office in order to make a point. A noble defeat is still a defeat.
What are the Democrats doing right? First, Coulter says, not a single incumbent Democrat faced a primary challenge this year:
(Take a moment to notice something, Republicans: No incumbent Democrat had to deal with a primary challenger this year. That's one reason why Democrats win more elections than their insane ideas would seem to dictate. Liberals understand that you can't do anything if you don't win, so Democrats don't stage primary fights against other Democrats.)
Republican candidates have been forced to expend rhetorical ammunition attacking other Republicans. The 2012 Republican presidential candidates were a case in point. Or better, a disgrace in point. Mitt Romney, who excelled at assaulting his fellow Republicans in candidate debates turned weak-kneed when it came time to criticize Barack Obama.
Coulter continues to identify the danger lurking in Libertarian candidates, the ones who are most likely to siphon off Republican votes:
The biggest current danger for Republicans is that idiots will vote for Libertarian candidates in do-or-die Senate elections, including Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Colorado. (That's in addition to the "Independent" in Kansas who's a Democrat.) Democratic candidates don't have to put up with this crap -- they're even trying to dump the official Democrat in Kansas to give the stealth Democrat a better shot.
When we're all dying from lack of health care across the United States of Mexico, we'll be deeply impressed with your integrity, libertarians.
Libertarians like to think of themselves as too pure, possessing too much integrity, too much love of freedom to dirty themselves with raw political calculation.
Extremism, even in the pursuit of liberty, is a vice. Especially when it discredits your candidacy and your party and drives voters into the welcoming arms of the opposition.
The result: some Libertarians are making the Republican Party look like a house divided against itself. They need to learn to put party above ideology.
Or, as the Bible says:
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: