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Coulter's No-Brainer

If there had been any debate about whether Ann Coulter had already jumped the shark, I don't think there is anymore. She's a performance artist who injured her brand by going to far - like a juggler who moves from beanbags to knives and then, spurred on by the excitement of the bigger crowds drawn to feats of increasing danger, moves to flaming torches and then chainsaws before eventually losing concentration and lopping off a hand. No more serious juggling for you - the show is over.

Her comments were so fantastically gratuitous and off the mark they had the weird appearance of being calculated - as if she was daring conservatives to stand up and smack her down. They have - and in some ways she did conservatives a favor by making it so easy for them. It was a free-pass and a no-brainer for almost everyone.