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. NAM

    She is without a doubt the most reprehensible excuse of a woman walking the planet. And quite frankly, I believe 'she's' really a man. Have you seen that Adam's Apple?

    February 12, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. sonia

    Does anyone really care about Ann Coulter? Similar to: "Does anyone really care about Sarah Palin or Christine O'Donnell?"

    February 12, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  3. john harrison

    if the republicans ever want to become the majority party for more than one election they need to be more inclusive as to gays and minorities who share the basic conservative philosophy. we all know gays and lesbians and why shouldn't they be included

    February 12, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. guest

    "The left is trying to co-opt gays and I don't think we should let them, they should be on our side." after this comment did she say ...nah nah na nah nah...nah nah na nah nah. I'm telling the teacher on you.

    February 12, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. Dennis

    Did I ge this right? We love democracy when it serves us, but not when it doesn't? So democracy is just an occasional tool of American foriegn policy? GWB can play the democracy card, for Obama can't? Oh, the inconveneince of principles.

    February 12, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. bobcat1a

    All Coulter has is one-liners. She has epithets and ad hominems for anyone who doesn't parrot her hateful spew but nothing remotely resembling a coherent positive agenda.

    February 12, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  7. Jack

    Palin, Bachman, Coulter, O'Donell: It's sreally tough to decide who will win the dumb-bell award.
    But everyone of them are trying to show that they are expert on anything under the sky...

    February 12, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  8. Kara

    She calls herself a christian then bemoans her failure to hate democrats and refers to them as a disease.
    is this the civility in discourse that the country and it's children deserve?
    How can these people denigrate such a large portion of the voting public and still expect to be elected?
    Who exactly do they think they are?
    What a hideous human being.
    This is what republicans act like when they are in power. I suggest the voters look, listen and learn.

    February 12, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  9. Seattle Voter

    Ann Coulter should not make comments about subjects she simply doesn't understand.

    February 12, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  10. guest

    This is the exact definition of "false equivalency"

    February 12, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  11. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Nice to see she still disdains facts............

    February 12, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  12. Steve

    I shouldn't be surprised at Coulter's non-sensical statements. But the fact is that she's anti-gay... even if it's just to keep herself relevant. Social conservatives (Coulter counts herself among them) oppose all sorts of rights for gay people, including marriage equality. Gays should be on the side of the people who villify them, disenfranchise them and codify discrimination against them into the Constitution? Put down the diet pills and vodka Ann, it's time to get reconnect with reality.

    February 12, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  13. mdyer

    Ann Coulter is fearless and wonderful. Go Ann!

    February 13, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  14. KathyC in Minnesota

    Now I know where Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin get their political pointers from...Ann Coulter. The QUEEN of VITRIOL and all that is UGLY in the world.

    February 13, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  15. Rdepontb

    "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"... err, animals, once they started hootin' and hollerin' about how bad our Presidency is. Ann's got to keep her book sales up and her speaking engagement fees up. She seems bent on aping cousin Beck's blasphemous-to-Republicans positions and principles. Both have become shameful shriekers and ranters; take a break, folks, and re-think what can work FOR us, not AGAINST us.

    February 13, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. Patty

    Coulter is the most shrill, egotistical femal on the political scene ..... second only to Palin. Too bad these two D***s don't get together and live happily ever after.

    February 13, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  17. dapace

    Her comments about Democrats, her fellow Americans, in this story show what a hateful, disgusting person she is.

    February 13, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  18. Annie is Crazy !

    Annie nobody cares what you think ! BTW The two of the longest war's in our history were started by Bush who is a Republican, Iraq and Afghanistan , if anybody should stay away from foreign policy it should be the republican's ! The only thing interesting was her Gay reference . I think Annie let her little secret out of the bag , I think she might be a closet lesbian ! She knows that's a no-no with conservatives that's why she prefaced her comment with the evangelical talk because she knows the conservatives would disown her ! Annie that's a tough crowd to sell Gay right's to , being that they actively try to take away right's from gay's constantly !

    February 13, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  19. AmericanSam

    As one of those Liberals, I'd like to distinguish between Egypt and Iraq. In Egypt there were people rioting in the streets demanding a Revolution. In Iraq, there were not. Egyptians stood up for themselves and earned their government. We brought our own idea of how government should be to Iraq. See the difference?

    February 13, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  20. MJ

    As she fades further and further into obscurity!

    February 13, 2011 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  21. BeverlyNC

    Ann Coulter is your typical lying Republican. They love to make up stories and the more insane and conspiracy-sounding the better. After all, like Palin, she has books she wants to sell and Glenn Beck has a show he needs to keep on the air. The truth does not matter to any Republican. It's all about greed, power, and self-importance. They don't give a damn about America or any American – unless of course they are rich and can help them personally. Never trust a Republican.

    February 13, 2011 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  22. paul

    I think Ann Coulter is fabulous and she shoud run for president. Forget Sarah Palin.

    February 13, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  23. apple pie

    CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post...... then they say Your comment is awaiting moderation

    February 13, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  24. B

    man she is scary. how can you take anything seriously that allows her to speak?

    February 13, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  25. B

    She is the worst of the worst, more nuts than Palin if thats possible..

    February 13, 2011 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
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