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The Coulter Gambit

By Rick Pearcey

Feb. 1, 2008 -- Yesterday author and commentator Ann Coulter upset the political world by asserting on “Hannity and Colmes” that she would “vote for” and “campaign for” Hillary Clinton if the former First Lady wins the Democratic nomination and the GOP picks Sen. John McCain as its standard-bearer for President in the November elections. Coulter argued that Clinton is more conservative than McCain in several respects.

What to make of this?

WMAL Radio Host Chris Core calls Coulter’s remarks crazy, Nation magazine calls her campaign for Hillary “diabolical,” and an ABCNewsblog says it’s “ludicrous.”

We will let Coulter defend her thesis.

Meanwhile, consider this: She has served notice to the GOP establishment that the conservative and evangelical vote is not to be taken for granted, is not to been seen as a foregone conclusion in favor of a particular political party, and that all those who calculate that conservatives and Christians have no possible place to go but to a Republican nominee whose positions and instincts raise significant and deep concerns may want to check their flanks and rear.

The lion Aslan of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia is good but not safe. He can’t be tamed. Maybe the best politics is like that too.

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Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report (archives).


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