It was only natural for some of us to immediately invoke the historical gravity of the seven Lincoln-Douglas senatorial campaign debates that expressed their profound and nation-wrenching differences on slavery. Fortunately, neither Coulter nor Maher, comedians on different pages, has announced any interest in running for the U.S. Senate. We can only hope they never will.
This latest venture into rhetorical survival is, of course, box-office puffery. By now, anybody with a wisp of interest in politics already knows where Coulter and Maher come down on the issues without an expensive front-row theatre seat. Besides, Maher has often said that he likes Coulter and that (Heavens!) they are good friends. I'm sure the feeling is mutual and the beer was especially refreshing after the show.
But this is only the beginning of the little side shows by the sponsors, aptly Madison Square Garden Entertainment. Next up is James Carville vs. Karl Rove, May 27, with Charlie Rose as the ringmaster. Or Arianna Huffington vs. Tucker Carlson, April 1.
I think we're being hustled, folks, and will say no more unless we find out that Maher proposed to Coulter over a glass of Guinness. But I'm jaded. I get my kicks from pro football and will leave the media wrestlers to their own transparent show-biz schemes. Maybe an Australian tag-team match with Limbaugh, O'Reilly or Matthews pawing in the corners?