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. Michael

    When did conservatism become an excuse for abject stupidity?

    February 12, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. wgf

    This is basically what a conservative sounds like these days; Demonize your opponent by attributing false characteristics and beliefs to him - because you really can't win based on the merits of your arguments. To say that liberals don't like democracy is banal drivel.

    As for democracy in Iraq and Egypt.... Let me point out that democracy in Egypt was attained in 18 days, without any assistance from the United States, and without the cost of thousands of American lives and hundreds of billions of American dollars. (Which, for some reason, self-proclaimed fiscally minded conservatives had no problem spending.)

    So maybe the conservatives shouldn't be too proud of the Iraq war. I'd say Egypt disproves the neo-conservative belief that American might is necessary to free the Arabian people. Maybe all we really had to do was wait. Oh, and by the way, we also didn't turn any Egyptians into terrorists by providing our "help" (in the form of mass death and destruction) as part of the Egyptian revolution. So good for us.

    February 12, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. zman

    All this time I thought Palin was the the Bimbo Queen Idiot....See Sarah, with bit more reading and education like Ann,you too could be a DumbAss.

    February 12, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. cj

    What an awful human being. (if you can call her a human being). 🙁

    February 12, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. JD in Moraga, CA

    Using the term "nut case" to describe this bigoted, ignorant harridan gives a bad name to nut cases everywhere.

    And as a gay man, I can tell you that we're not being "co-opted." We just happen to agree with those who say we deserve the same rights as everyone else – something this hag will never be able to do.

    February 12, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. jim

    why is it, that, even big name conservatives don't accept facts?

    February 12, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |

    You gotta love Ann, she nails arguments with laser-like logic, facts and humor. There is no equivalent on the Lib or Dem side.

    February 12, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. Tina

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

    I didn't hear ANYONE, liberal or conservative, complaining about Mubarak until last month. Good grief, I liked Ann so much better when her jaw was wired shut.

    February 12, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. Larry

    Given that adams-apple Annie has always appeared to me as being a female impersonator, her comment "We like the same music, we like the same cocktails, and we like a lot of the same men" makes a lot of sense, but not in the way she probably meant it.

    February 12, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Eric

    Coulter is a panderer who only cares about raking in the $$$ she manages to squeeze from those who are dim enough to appreciate what she peddles. She doesn't care about anything beyond that. And there are so many like her...willing to sacrifice the welfare of the nation through driving up the level of stupidity said dim will embrace. Conservatism in today's America is an ugly, vile proposition and it is degrading to all of us. It expresses some of the worst in us and to tie it to religion is even more revolting. We can do better.

    February 12, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Angela

    How can a person who's had it pretty good from all appearances possibly be so filled with hate and rage? If that's the face of conservatism, God help us all.

    February 12, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. dave

    she is more than a few cheese burgers shy of a good body plus your brain likes at least a little fat to operate correctly! who cares what she thinks anayway she is just like palin who will say or do anything to get a book or tv deal. i remember rush saying he would leave the country if health care pasted and he also said that all drug users should be locked up. well he is still here and he is not locked up either! that makes 3 people who will say anything for a buck!

    February 12, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |

    Watch out for her, she has the ego to think she can run things too.

    February 12, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. taildragon

    More wisdom from my favorite martian, who feels 'good' democracy can only come from the barrel of an American gun. Ah Iraq, such fond memories, dropping a trillion dollars invading a country that didn't used to be a breeding ground for terrorists, and which we have no idea how it will look politically in ten years. Then there's Egypt, whom we propped up for thirty years, home to several infamous terrorists (including 9/11), yet she's scared to death that the Egyptian people overthrew their dictator. True, there's no guarantee that we'll be BFF's with the new Egypt, but other countries that fought for independence turned out okay. The USA comes to mind.

    February 12, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. deb

    Is it really already fruitcake season?? Really? Let's pass her along a little more....she's not nutty quite enough yet–a bit stale maybe but a few more nuts and we reach Sarah Palin levels.

    February 12, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. Lenmsith

    She has to make money someway. And, this is the way she does it. She knows not what she is saying, but stupid people will pay big bucks to hear another stupid person make big bucks.

    February 12, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. TheTeacherThePreacher

    Yes. she's right, because we all recognize the foreign policy genius of Republican icons like FDR (WWII), Truman (Contained USSR, Korea), JFK (Cuban missile crisis)...Oh wait, I meant Republican icons like Nixon (Vietnam escalation, Laos), Reagan (Iran-Contra, Granada, barracks bombing) and GWB (no more need be said).

    February 12, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. Sarah in Texas

    Ann Coulter is an awful human being. Her divisive zingers bring no intelligent value to any side of any issue..

    February 12, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. valwayne

    Good for Ann Coulter. Gay Americans are suffering just like the rest of the nation from Obama's left wing extremism and massive corrupt wasteful spending and debt. The majority of gay Americans would side with the Republican party against the damage Obama is doing to the country if the party will let them?.

    February 12, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. dem forever in nc

    She must have a new book coming out. This is when she crawls out from under her rock to spew her hate and venom. She's just another right wing, two bit hack ( ie.Beck) ;looking to make a fast buck. Shut up Ann, nobody cares what you think. She's laughing all the way to the bank thanks to the stupid, loonies that hang on her every word. Obama 2012!!!!

    February 12, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. Shannon

    Ann, you are a has been, and your same old tired line about Democrats is as worn out as you are.

    February 12, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. fred

    Ann Coulter's behavior is bizarre. She's on her own planet.

    February 12, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. Thatguy371

    It's great that this twit isn't in the headlines much. Hopefully things stay that way.

    February 12, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. CBR

    It is difficult to read anything by Ann Coulter. Her deep-rooted dislike of anyone who does not agree with her is somewhat puzzling. Her need to put down others is always part of any of her speeches or writing.

    After reading this article i realize that she does not have a good grasp on foreign policy,. Her comparison of Egypt to Iran and Iraq shows that she is not ready to talk about foreign policy. She is an attractive woman who uses her femininity to its best advantage. However, those interested in foreign policy would be wise to listen to other conservatives and to let Ms. Coulter keep her opinions to herself.

    February 12, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. Ben Gleck

    Ann Coulter is an idiot. Period. I'll fess up to being a total liberal, but there are plenty of conservatives I like. I don't like idiots on any side. She's right out.

    February 12, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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