The PJ Tatler

Ann Coulter Triumphant: 'We've Killed off Rockefeller Republicans'

“you owe me and you’d better be as right-wing a President as I tell people you will be!”

— Ann Coulter on Hannity last night recounting her exchange with Mitt Romney

That’s the quote The Blaze and Mediaite are jumping on to highlight — a pundit who has taken a lot of hits for her defense of Romneycare insisting to the candidate that he really does pursue a conservative course once in government. One dares even imagine how sharp Coulter’s barbs would be for a President Romney devolving back into Massachusetts Moderation.

Another one that’s more important though is the quote I chose for the headline. “We’ve killed off Rockefeller Republicans” Coulter declares, pointing out that Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum have little ideological differences and juxtaposed with John McCain are much more conservative.

And particularly relevant to Coulter is the issue where we’re getting a genuinely conservative candidate: illegal immigration.

And on that point, there’s an aspect of the issue that seems to be neglected in the discussion. Why is our broken immigration system not also considered in an economic context? How much stronger would our economy be if we did not have to pay the costs of dysfunctional immigration laws and inadequate enforcement?