Usually a debate involves an exchange of opposing views.
But not at CPAC.
On Saturday, pundits Ann Coulter and Mickey Kaus debated immigration reform.
Except that it wasn’t a debate.
Yes, both Coulter and Kaus offered their opinions with conviction and energy. Yet their alignment was omnipresent.
Both oppose the prospect of amnesty, both oppose bipartisan immigration reform, and both believe that either option would lead America to a very dark place. Or, in Coulterspeak, a very brown place.
Still, the real issue with this discussion wasn’t Coulter’s opinions. Rather, it was how Coulter encapsulated CPAC more generally — illustrating how serious policy discussions remain an uncomfortable paradigm in conservative-conservative dialogue.