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. J in Baltimore

    Good to see Ann running her mouth again. I guess she forgot all about those times after 9/11 when she spoke about the peoples of the Middle East she apparently so reveres that we should remove the heads of their leaders and convert them all to Christianity. Oops. I'm sure that's what the Egyptians need – more military to tell them what to do. Because that's worked SO well in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    February 13, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. Duane in st.Pete FL

    I love Ann!!!!!! It's so true, libs just bad mouth the USA, so why would you expect them to defend it?

    February 13, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. ACS-2134294

    Coulter is quoted as saying...
    -"Liberals want to use gays as a cat's paw to attack the family because liberals want families destroyed"

    My question to her is, "Ann, how is the family thing working out for you?"

    February 13, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. Sensible Joe

    Ms. Coulter's words and behavior show that she neither understands nor practices Christianity or democracy. As for her dig at liberals, she ought to be honest and admit a historical fact: conservative Americans have long financed and coddled dictators in Egypt and elsewhere around the globe. Her revisionism doesn't hold water in the face of reality.

    February 13, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. E1atoM

    The champion of the Sheman Man Haters Club says, "... and we like a lot of the same men." NOT!!! But then is she man or woman? What is it?

    February 13, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. Patty

    What planet does this woman live on? Thankfully we have an intelligent President who has repaired the disasterous foreign policy left to him by a republican White House.

    February 13, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  7. W.G.

    I noticed her head looks a little flatter . It must come from that rock she lives under .

    February 13, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. nic

    ann coulter grosses me out.

    February 13, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  9. TEE

    Liberals don't scare me, but BORN AGAIN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS should be watched very closely, just as we do the Klan, Skin heads, and all other hate groups...Any group that tells you that they follow a specific religious/political path, & believes that everyone who doesn't follow their path, is said to be unamerican, a socialist, is going to ruin this country, and just disrepectful to others should be feared. The worst part of all is they call themselves CHRISTIANS. Hate isHate is Hate......I suggest you stop calling yourselves christians. There is nothing christian about what you say or what you do......

    February 13, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  10. Save your money.

    We are spending over $40 BILLION on middle east this YEAR. Just say no to republicans.

    February 13, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  11. Anonymous

    She is one sage, witty and incisive person, are real asset and ICON for American thought and heritage preservation.

    February 13, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  12. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    As far as her comments on foreign policy, she's just trying to make Sarah Palin sound good. Coulter is John Bolton without the mustache.

    The reason her view on gays is making the social conservatives uncomfortable is because "she" is actually a very wimpy "he" and she does not want anyone to know her real name Andrew Coulter.

    February 13, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  13. JOHN C

    ANN is one witty, sharp and incisive person who is a great asset to American poltical thought, heritage presevation and positive change.

    February 13, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  14. CoolGayDad

    Oh so now the conservatives want us? Do they think we are stupid? Conservatives and christians are the enemies of our community, our families and our civil rights. Good luck Coulter, breaking your neck that is.

    February 13, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. Alan

    Excuse me, I have to go throw up now.

    February 13, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. diridi

    half naked does not bring votes, nor not talk all rubbish...nation is now going in right direction....economically, after biggest mess by GOP....

    February 13, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  17. ron

    This ugly female bigot has to shut her big mouth.

    February 13, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. johnnyleen

    I didn't think evangelical Christians drank cocktails.

    February 13, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  19. Dnick47

    As usual this woman is off the wall spewing forth hate and division. It would come as no surprise to me for her to be found out as gay – no, nopt at all: more "family values" via GOP

    February 13, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  20. jdunc

    Ann Coulter, democracy advocate? Right wing, narrow ideology does not support democracy. When you have to believe as I believe is the mantra, that is not democracy. When helping the poor and middle class with affordable health insurance is a bad thing to do, that is not democratic. If you want to level the playing field offer all Americans affordable health insurance and a quality education, make that a right! Then, come talk to us about the American dream. Hate speech and limited freedoms do not create the America I want for our children and grand children. Ann Coulter is simply a good capitalist getting rich off republican biases, hatreds and greed.

    February 13, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  21. Melvin

    There goes another conservative fruit cake. It seems that Conservatives only attracts people like her , all rhetorics with no solutions.

    February 13, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  22. Rod from Indy

    This same idiot who said she wished they'd take away the right for women to vote so no Democrat would be elected again, but now says she's glad some are in her party, and spews hate against gays every day but now wants them in her party. That's the whole thing about the GOP: Do whatever it takes to win- America be damned!!! Notice she didn't even use the word America, just attack, attack, attack. Pathetic.

    February 13, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  23. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    This woman is nuts. I think it is sad that the Republican party looks up to people like her. We need a new GOP if this is the best you have to offer.

    February 13, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. VelvetLedbetter

    That'll do pig . . . that'll do . . .

    February 13, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  25. MGerry

    Ann Coulter has much more in common with the LGBT community. After all, she is transgendered, right?

    February 13, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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