Coulter politics 101
February 12th, 2011
06:04 PM ET
11 years ago

Coulter politics 101

Washington (CNN) - Conservative syndicated columnist Ann Coulter came to the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday with her customary soapbox and her lecturer's cap.

"Here's a lesson of history: Do not allow Democrats anywhere near foreign policy. Not even to keep them away from domestic policy. It's a mistake to ask those who don't even like democracy to defend it," she said.

Coulter delivered a litany of conservative one-liners at CPAC during a speech that, at times, felt much like a classroom lecture, complete with a question and answer session.

CPAC is the largest annual gathering of conservative-minded activists, which this year is extra-important because it's the first cattle-call of potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

"The big news this week is liberals favor democracy in the Middle East," she began, "Liberals could not have been less interested in democracy when we were taking out the guy who gassed his neighbors…when we went to take out Saddam Hussein."

"But now liberals are shocked and appalled to discover there's a dictator in the Middle East."

And for Coulter, lessons on how to operate in Egypt should be taken from the examples of Iraq and Iran. "It's not as clear what the outcome is in Egypt," she said, "It was clear in Iraq and we had American servicemen there to ensure it went accurately…"

"Iraq and Iran are very similar because their people are sane, their leaders are insane, in the latter case you don't want to take out sane leaders and allow democracy in," she said. "In Iran there had been an election, the moderates won and Ahmadinejad stole the election, there hasn't been an election in Egypt."

"Why do we want to be stirring up trouble in that country? We can't do that in every country… you don't go around disturbing countries where you have a loyal ally."

Criticizing President Barack Obama for turning over "our entire health care system to the DMV," she slammed both foreign and domestic policy under "liberal" leadership.

And when asked why the U.S. should support Israel knowing that there are jailed dissidents and journalists, she joked, "What do you mean? I think there should be more jailed journalists."

But federal spending was a serious matter, and Coulter lectured, "We have this problem in our democracy that we keep voting people in who give grants…unless you vote for people who will cut spending, spending will not get cut."

Coulter offered up a prediction for 2012 when prompted, saying "If you don't run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee," an answer that was met with boos from the audience.

She offered up a stinging critique of Democrats when asked to speak about CPAC's controversial inclusion of the conservative, gay and lesbian group GOProud, saying "Liberals want to use gays as a cat's paw to attack the family because liberals want families destroyed… because then you have loyalty directly to the state."

Initially balking at the request to name her least favorite Democrat by responding that it was "like naming my least favorite disease," Coulter revealed "I can't hate Jim Webb, he served our country… he's such an honorable man… Bobby Rush, former black panther. John Lewis, a terrible, terrible liberal now, but a hero for freedom rights, he's one that's hard to hate because of his proud history."

And on inclusion, Coulter had this to say, "I am as born-again evangelical Christian as they come… the gay argument is why do conservatives act like our sins are worse then their sins…and no, of course not… I would like gays to be part of conservatism just the way women are without there being a special designation for it, that's what I'd prefer."

"The left is trying to co-opt gays and I don't think we should let them, they should be on our side."

This may be due in no small part to Coulter's affinity for gays with whom she shares "a lot in common." "We like the same music, we like the same cocktails, and we like a lot of the same men."

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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Nadeem

    I can never understand why conservatives let loons like this speak for them. The left does not seem to have similar loons. Egypt was a good thing. A dictator is gone without loss of American life or treasury. Be happy.

    February 12, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. Byrd

    Coulter Politics 101: No prerequisite. Open for all with K – 3rd Grade mentality. SIgn up now and get free admission if you're the first to successfully lasso and get a bridle and bit on the instructor.

    February 12, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. carrotroot

    Ann is putting her head in the sand about gays. You cannot say "Economic Freedom for all" if you push a social policy which denies those very same economic freedoms to gays.

    February 12, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. kyle

    The GOP seems to be packed with hateful psyco women.

    February 12, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Mickey, NY

    This guy has no idea what he's talking about. It's obvious this is a man in drag, so why is he speaking at CPAC? He has a bigger Adam's Apple than Don Knotts!

    February 12, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Debbie

    Hey CPAC, you forgot about Ann & Michelle!

    February 12, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Meowth

    She definitely did not get the message about toning down inflammatory remarks. I also found the whole "Liberals want families destroyed" line of thought hilarious. What a silly person.

    February 12, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. trashcup

    I certainly would taking all my advice from Ann Coulter. Actually I think she's a transvestite – low voice, manly characteristics, big hands – oh and BIG MOUTH. Another right wing whacko making her money from making ridiculous comments about anything and everything. If she hates America so much, don't let the door hit you in the ass when you are leaving it. Leave, Just leave, or maybe just go up to Wasilla – surely there's a manly man up there that loves transvestites!


    February 12, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. nd

    Ann do us all a favor and speak for the PEOPLE and not for you and your party. you dont give a shit about what a f'd up mess G W Bush and Diick Cheney made of this country. Colin Powell quit...why? Cause he was their for the people and to serve for the people not only in the USA but people of the world and he was duped and caught in the middle of Your Parties lies. Saddam was a POS and when we had his fat ass in 1991 G H W bush didnt let us finish the job. Politics and the Republican agenda (basicaly all politicians agendas themselves and theirn party). One day the people of this country are going to grow up and quit being led by their nose by You and BOTH political parties. IN 2012 VOTE YOUR PET DOG IN AS A WRIT5E IN. Make the idiots of the Republican and Democrat political parties LISTEN FOR ONCE!!!!

    February 12, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Tired of the nonsense

    Since Republicans are the American Taliban and the worst domestic enemies of American democracy, why should anyone listen to Coulter?

    February 12, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. ArmyCSM

    Another one of those bitter, hateful, caustic, lying, jocko eat cats, out of touch, rethug crazies. American are fed up with this kind of polictics. Listen up Palin, Bachman, and Coulter.

    February 12, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Randy

    Another whack job coming out she is go away Anne your fifteen mins of fame are up my dear.

    February 12, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It has to really hurt right wingnut bagger morons like Coulter; when they wanted to force a democracy in Iraq made up of Muslims, we have spent ten years, at the cost of 4400 American soldiers, hundred of thousands of of Iraqi civilians killed, and our taxes have paid over $1.4 trillion for this Bush/republican unnecessary war. To think the same thing was done in Egypt in 18 days at no cost to us.

    February 12, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Joe

    I am an independent and wonder how people like her are even given a voice by the Republican/Conservative establishment. She is either an actress or is just plain nuts. Probably a bit of both. Most likely she realized that being a lawyer was hard work so she decided to just create a television character who spews vitriol and gets paid lots of money. I am a 1L and am thinking making millions screaming on television and writing crappy books is financially lucrative but too bad I have a moral conscience.

    February 12, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Rob Wolfe

    This is evidence of something I have suspected for a long time. Ann Coulter is a performance artist. There is no way that she could possibly believe all of the things that she is quoted as saying here.

    February 12, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. chris24

    i can't imagine anyone with a brain bigger than a peanut would listen to this
    self-centered bigot. if she was in charge of foreign policy, we would be at war
    with every country on the planet.

    she sells books, not an approach that can work in the real world.

    please god, let the far right leave the union right away and take sh**brains like
    her with them (and leave the rest of us alone-forever) (please, please...)

    February 12, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Name king

    This woman is one of most extreme tea bagger of them all, I wonder which people sit down and lesson to this ultra righty lunatic, I thought the tea bagger were scary, but this loony is straight terrifying, imagine any president taking her advise, it would be an imediate Egypt revolution in America.

    February 12, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. iloveit99

    "It's a mistake to ask those who don't even like democracy to defend it" Ann Coulter wouldnt know hypocracy if it bit her in the ass.

    February 12, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. Ansukok

    Can someone remind me why her opinion is even relevant? She is nothing but a pundit, and has nothing to show for herself but that. Put up or shut up Ann Coulter, stop being a Monday morning quarterback.

    February 12, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Xenon

    "CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct" .... Maybe they should start by teaching your staff that! Rebecca Stewart does exactly what she accuses Coulter of doing .. hate rhetoric.

    February 12, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Jackie Treehorn

    She wants to put journalists in jail and thinks that it's democrats who don't like democracy. Hilarious.

    February 12, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. MattGMD

    I keep expecting Coulter's head to spin around like Linda Blair in 'The Exorcist.;

    February 12, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Ron

    Ann – Here's the difference why liberals support the revolution in Egypt versus the war in Iraq. In Egypt the people led and achieved their own objectives. In Iraq, we decided what the people wanted. I think you'll find the former works out the best. But you're too arrogant to admit that, aren't you?

    February 12, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. lgny

    Ann Coulter is what she is.... a very pretty stand up comic whose schtick is to toss red meat to angry conservatives. The goal is not to build a better world, just toss juicy one-liners to the audience to fire them up.

    Such a pathetic bitter woman.

    February 12, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  25. Amazed at GOP Blindness

    Apparently the GOP has selective memory recall, and it isnt any more evident that Ann Coulter's comments about the 1980-1988 Iraq vs Iran War. It was the Reagan/Bush Presidency that gave Iraq the Tech to build WMD's(Chemical Biological, and possibly Nuke). it was the Reagan/Bush Presidency that ignored the fact that Hussein used Chemical WMD's on the Curds. The only time the GOP payed attention to Hussein is when he tried(and failed) to invade Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

    February 12, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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