Purity or Strategy: The Debate We Need To Have

Last week, there was one of those mommy-and-daddy-are-fighting moments on Fox News as two powerhouse conservatives debated one of the most important issues facing the right. In one corner, was the dagger-sharp and stunningly beautiful and did I mention beautiful Ann Coulter. In the other corner, was the valiant, good-hearted and, you know, perfectly presentable in his own way Sean Hannity. No one can doubt either the patriotism or the fearlessness of these two. You may sometimes disagree with one or the other, that's fine, but it seems undeniable that both have the good of the country first and foremost in their minds. Plus Ann's really attractive.

You can watch the video to hear the whole thing but the gist is this. Ann thinks we have to stop "shysters" who pretend to represent the Tea Party from luring us into endless primaries against "establishment" Republicans. The thinking behind this (as I've heard her say elsewhere) is that there is only so much campaign money to go around and it needs to be focused wholly on defeating Democrats, winning a Republican majority in both houses and using that majority to "repeal Obamacare, repeal Obamacare, repeal Obamacare."

Sean took a more purist Tea Party line, saying there are some Republicans who "should be defeated," and endorsing the idea that we should primary the RINOs where we can and — my words here not his — we should end the civil war within the Republican Party by winning it for the true conservatives.