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. Colorodan

    Wow, that was a tour de force by Coulter. Except that things were better when Clinton was President, then they got worse when the Republicans took over and now they are getting better since Obama is President. Now, I'm no genious, but.....

    February 13, 2011 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  2. John

    So us liberals don't like democracy? What a farking retard this woman is! Hey honey I am a vet and a liberal democrat and I am just as American as any far right wing Republican!

    February 13, 2011 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  3. Jim

    Wow. Just when people had almost forgotten the Wicked Witch of The Right, she comes storming back talking about things she can't possibly begin to understand or be informed about. What a dim-witted airhead. At least she's hotter than Sarah Palin. She sure is DUMBER!

    February 13, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  4. Jim

    She had to be born again because she didn't get it right the first time?

    February 13, 2011 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  5. Sheldon Robidoux

    This woman has the most distorted view of things and the most poisonous tongue around. She's not helping Christians by claiming to be one of them and she's certainly not helping the country. Before suggesting more journalists need to be in jail maybe she should get her own house in order. Iraq is an example of a success? She needs to go over there and live a while. The longer the better. On a positive note, if the Republicans keep embracing that kind of hate, democrats will be able to gain back ground.

    February 13, 2011 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  6. Paul Ernest Show

    Honestly, I see an irrational woman who is profiteering from outlandishness and shock. A rambling voice parading as a conservative. She can't even manage a city of two families and yet she wants to discuss how we gloriously went to Iraq with our servicemen and women to take out a dictator and cause the death of over 100,000 Iraqis. If these Iraqis could speak from the graves, I am sure they did prefer to have Saddam as a dictator than die in the process of removing him.

    February 13, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  7. stevetall

    Retarded cheesy-poof.

    February 13, 2011 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  8. D in Cali

    I just don't see why the libertarian party doesn't explode. Socially progressive, fiscally conservative... Best of both parties. Plus it's the LAST thing either party would want.

    February 13, 2011 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  9. GinBR

    This is a sick, vile and evil woman. She has absolutely zero Christ in her and I consider her declaration as a Christian blasphemous.

    February 13, 2011 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  10. chris

    I just can't grasp what she and Beck are getting at. But let me try: She's basically saying that Arab nations are too stupid to vote for their best interests and that regime change can cnly occur with US military intervention. Which is totally ironic seeing how we live in a country full of people constanly voting against their own best interests...and stealing elections.

    February 13, 2011 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  11. Jeff S

    I can't believe this woman still believes she is a conservative, considering her outright support for neocons throughout the years. Also, its kinda creepy that she's apparently attracted to gay men.

    February 13, 2011 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  12. Tom

    I was taught that the difference between liberals and conservatives was that liberals believed in Freedom over Equality and Equality over Order, while conservatives were just the opposite. How can she praise Freedom when she is denouncing Order and call herself Conservative? (Morality is grouped with Order while gay is grouped with Freedom)

    February 13, 2011 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  13. M.K. Kilgore

    Coulter is a witch/bitch that cares nothing about conservatives or liberals, all she is interested in is bull shitting the poor ignorant southern people that are so under educated they vote for Republicans while they have to use out houses and exist on dried beans and turnip greens. I hope drains the dummies dry, and gets richer than she already is.

    February 13, 2011 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  14. Bernard

    Good god, I needed to pop an aspirin after reading some of this.

    "herpaderp i think there should me more jailed journalists"

    Oh wow pardon the not caring about freedom of speech of people who don't support your notions. And I would also comment about how this comment hurts the families of said journalists but we're talking about the same... I can't even say the word without censorship... "lady of the evening" who insulted 9/11 widows for book sales.

    February 13, 2011 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  15. Canuck

    So much hatred in one body. Wow...

    February 13, 2011 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  16. mubarak

    man, anne coulter is hot... she's an ill-informed, self-aggrandizing sot, who has about as much genuine interest in promoting actual reasonable discourse as to how to fix what's wrong with our country as does my left one... but she's good at being hot... sadly, though that's a fairly reasonable accomplishment, to date it's her only one... keep workin' on it... no one for a moment, on either side, when it comes down to it, thinks you are affecting policy... you're a joke. but i don't deny you the right to enjoy your fifteen minutes!

    February 13, 2011 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  17. jjsd75

    This woman is reprehensible. She doesn't speak for the interest of gay people anymore than she speaks for the like-mindedness of women. This excerpt only reiterates how she contorts the facts in order to grandstand to an ignorant fan base who worship her for her looks rather than her pea of a brain.

    February 13, 2011 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  18. Bill

    Let us not forget that it was the Republicans, not the Democrats, who made gay marriage a wedge issue in the 2004 election. The reason gays are being 'co-opted' is not because liberals hate the family, but rather because the Republicans need ploys to distract from their miserable policy failures and so they can keep their Christian, conservative base as loyal as possible. As for liberals wanting Americans "loyalty directly tot he state", funny...I remember the conservatives in the early-2000's that were saying you were either 'with us, or with the terrorists.' Oh, and BTW...many of those dictators Coulter talks about in the middle east were put there by conservative administrations. Now, go drink a can of motor oil you horse-faced moron.

    February 13, 2011 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  19. Rob J

    I love it when people just make baseless claims with no facts to back it up to just rile up hate. Democrats don't like democracy? As for Egypt what would she have had us do, invade Egypt-brilliant? How about offering some real solutions instead of just shooting down people who actually do something. Maybe healthcare is not perfect, so come up with something better. People like Coulter, Palin and Bachmann may rile up the base but most of America is already getting tired of the hate filled rhetoric with no results.

    February 13, 2011 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  20. Mr. Jourard

    What a special lady. A bringer together of people. Open minded. Wise beyond her years. A giver.Non-judgmental. Seeing the common good in all people. What a fabulous human being she is. We can all learn from her selfless search for a unified America.

    February 13, 2011 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  21. mike

    '...It's a mistake to ask those who don't even like democracy [referring to Liberals] to defend it,' she said." This is one sick, sick woman who hasn't an ounce of compassion or decency in her body. To even infer that people who believe differently from her 'don't like democracy' is absurd. Really?! And the fact that Republicans cling to her every hateful word – or probably more likely FEED her the hateful words she uses, merely shows that few in that party have little compassion or decency, either.

    February 13, 2011 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  22. that1guy

    This skeletal, conflicted fascist is once again desperately shrieking for attention. The bell tolled for her & her kind on Friday in Egypt, and although she won't accept it–ever–deep down inside she knows it.

    February 13, 2011 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  23. TM

    Coulter's bak? Ok, who kicked over the slimey rock?

    February 13, 2011 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  24. vincent

    This from a person who wants one party rule

    February 13, 2011 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  25. Gary White

    Ann Coulter is the quintessential moron.

    February 13, 2011 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
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