Watching K-Lo normalize Coulter is about as edifying as watching them contrive a liberal as a prolifer.
As for Republicans having to denounce her: Mitt Romney spoke before her and his line was (I paraphrase from memory): I'm glad to see Ann Coulter will be on next. We need more moderate voices. That was a smart line — a little red meat for the Coulter fans while keeping some distance, acknowledging she's prone to say things that are out there (no pun intended).
She left off where Romney said "That's good".
What bothers me so much about her column — as Ann Coulter as it was — was that it takes away from some good things that were said yesterday. And — like him, buy him, or not — it stands in such contrast with the tone that Romney takes — a respectful tone in talking about such sensitive, painful, but fundamental issues
There's nothing respectful or sensitive about Romney. He's a mean-spirited liar with ambition for himself.
But that's beside the point. For the sake of selling Flip Flop, Kathryn Jean Lopez is willing to characterize bigotry and hatred as innocuous public relations. Her spin is, how tragic it is that all the hubbub is drawing attention away from Romney.
The dolphin was silly, but very campaigny — above board and totally expected. But CPAC got out of hand (again) when, as Governor Romney made his way around the Omni Shoreham (in the exhibitors section), a dozen or so Brownback supporters followed him yelling "Flip Flop." Again, it's a campaign, things get mean. But a conservative being heckled at a conservative event? In the end we're all talking about the same things, presumably on the same team — all thinking the movement and the audience are at least important enough to warrant an appearance. Well, obviously Sam Brownback doesn't think Mitt Romney that way. But I also presume Sam Brownback can't be a fan of the rude, unnecessary tactic.
Lopez found Coulter's yelling "faggot" at Edwards who isn't, part of political game - and a dolphin and a couple of kids yelling "flip-flop" at Romney who is, a rude and unnecessary tactic.
Is there any wonder why conservatives permeate the stink of duplicity?