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Ann Coulter at CPAC
National Center for Public Policy Research ^ | 2-4-07 | Amy Ridenour

Posted on 03/04/2007 2:59:04 PM PST by SJackson

Ann Coulter at CPAC

I'm sorry to see that Ann Coulter once again made certain news coverage of CPAC would be focused upon her instead of upon the conservative movement's goals and principles.

The National Center for Public Policy Research is one of very many co-sponsors of CPAC, and has been for some years. After Ann Coulter's offensive speech last year, we telephoned the organizers and strongly suggested that Ann Coulter's behavior was harmful to, and unrepresentative of, the conservative movement. We said we were considering pulling out our co-sponsorship because of Ann Coulter's "raghead" comment, and asked them to not invite Ann Coulter to speak in CPAC 2007, or, at the very least, only invite her if she was told to can the offensive speech, and explicitly agreed to do so. I had 90 percent decided to stop our co-sponsorship for CPAC 2007, but the sponsor seemed to be taking our concerns about Coulter's 2006 remarks seriously and with what seemed to us to be appropriate sympathy, so the National Center co-sponsored CPAC again this year.

(I am, by the way. under no illusion that CPAC's main sponsors lose sleep over possibly losing the National Center's co-sponsorship. We do pay a fee to co-sponsor, and all the fees paid by all the co-sponsors together do add up to quite a tidy sum, but I'm sure any one co-sponsor is quite expendable.)

As has been widely reported, Ann Coulter not only once again went out of her way to use a nasty epithet, she pushed her offensiveness up a notch, using a word that is even more universally reviled than the derogatory term she hurled last year.

So, CPAC's sponsors either invited Coulter back without first getting her pledge that she would speak without using demeaning epithets, or they obtained her pledge, and she broke her word.

We'll ask.

It would be better, in my opinion, to not have a CPAC at all than to have one that presents conservatism as a hostile, people-hating ideology. We conservatives have enough trouble overcoming the false things that are said about us without paying for a platform upon which we shoot ourselves annually in the foot.

Some of my past commentary on Ann Coulter can be found here and here.

Here's a roundup of other conservative (and moderate) commentary on the Coulter situation:
"With Friends Like These... (re Ann Coulter)," JonQuixote

"CPAC is Shocked--Shocked!--by Ann Coulter's Remarks," Jon Swift

"Coulter Screams for Attention, Again - Losing Whatever Supporters She Still Had," Patterico

"Ann Coulter Doesn't Speak For Me," Wizbang

"Coulter Said What? (Bumped)," Captain's Quarters

"The Shame Of Ann Coulter," The Moderate Voice

"Ann Coulter at CPAC," Betsy's Page

"Ann Coulter calls John Edwards...," Right Thoughts

"Count Me Out," Lone Star Times

"Ann Coulter Calls John Edwards The 'F-word'," Gay Patriot

"Coulter Needs A Rehab," Riehl World View

"Apologizing for Ann Coulter," MyDD

"On Ann Coulter, John Edwards, and Civility," historymike
P.S. A hostile liberal blogger issues a challenge to conservatives:
Reality: [Ann Coulter] is your biggest star. The people you claim to speak for feel she speaks for them much, much more than you do -- and they're right. She is modern conservatism's id -- she's the one who says what the rest of you would say if you didn't feel it would cost you your standing as reasonable, responsible people.

Want to prove me wrong? You cut her off. You boycott the sponsors of TV shows that still invite her on as a guest. You show up at her book signings and campus appearances and hand out flyers quoting her nastiest bon mots. You boycott CPAC next year if she's invited, and demand that others do the same. Or if you have a problem with boycotts as a matter of principle, at the very least urge your fellow conservatives, on college campuses and elsewhere, to stop extending invitations to her, given the profound harm you say she does to your movement.

But you won't do that, will you? In that case, shut the hell up, hypocrites, and acknowledge that while Coulter may be the bad apple in the family, your door is always open to her.

TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: anncoulter; conservativefox; coulter; cpac; edwards; johnedwards; superbabe
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To: BunnySlippers

Sorry, DU is for you. Thanks for playing

21 posted on 03/04/2007 3:25:51 PM PST by always vigilant
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To: SJackson

Honestly, it may have been a stupid comment, but the truth is if Ann Coulter didn't exist the Left would have to invent her. They troll these events LOOKING for a slip-up by a conservative, some off-the-cuff remark they can turn into a tempest. They are not going to cover the important, core issues at CPAC no matter what.

22 posted on 03/04/2007 3:26:32 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: SJackson

Did anyone actually hear Ann. She was making a point not about gay people; but politically correct people.

23 posted on 03/04/2007 3:27:48 PM PST by freekitty
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To: BunnySlippers

"It was a dumb comment, not funny and she shouldn't be invited back to CPAC."

You're correct on all three counts. Congratulations!

24 posted on 03/04/2007 3:28:55 PM PST by popdonnelly ([Democrats] are jubilant at our disasters and are cast down when the rebels are defeated -Sept. 1862)
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To: misterrob; Rodney King
Sorry Rodney - I responded to the wrong poster.

This is what Mister rob linked to:

Another stock shocker expected (Further Stock Market Declines For This Week?)

25 posted on 03/04/2007 3:29:27 PM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: popdonnelly
"It was a dumb comment, not funny and she shouldn't be invited back to CPAC." You're correct incorrect on all three counts. Congratulations! There, I fixed that for you.
26 posted on 03/04/2007 3:31:14 PM PST by bluecollarman (awaiting tag line inspiration...)
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To: SJackson

27 posted on 03/04/2007 3:31:57 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: SJackson

Could you please explain to me why there has to be ONE MORE ARTICLE POSTED about Ann's remark?

After all this, the end result will be that anyone who hears Edwards' name again is going to automatically think "faggot."

Hmmm....on second thought, maybe it's all to the good...

28 posted on 03/04/2007 3:32:53 PM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: SJackson
She's not a bigot. I don't see what the uproar is over a joke.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

29 posted on 03/04/2007 3:34:32 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The more ink conservatives spill over this non-issue, the better the libs like it. Forget it and move on.

30 posted on 03/04/2007 3:34:35 PM PST by TheConservator (Confutatis maledictis flammis acribus addictis. . . .)
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To: Rodney King

Big friggin' deal. Coulter IMPLIED the "Breck Girl was a British cigarette!

31 posted on 03/04/2007 3:35:25 PM PST by Renegade
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To: Enterprise


32 posted on 03/04/2007 3:36:15 PM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: misterrob
400 replies with overwhelming in favor of Ann's right to do and say as she pleases. Anyone who didn't agree was a troll, PC type, RINO, uptight, false conservative, etc.

Don't forget to remind every one that those turning on Ann are sick.

They have a RINOVIRUS.

33 posted on 03/04/2007 3:36:28 PM PST by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: freekitty
I laugh over this when I remember how the dims and rinos have no problem with US SENATOR Bwarney Fwank running a gay bordello at his home.

We're not supposed to talk about that, you know--wouldn't be prudent, wouldn't be pc.

35 posted on 03/04/2007 3:39:41 PM PST by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment rights--buy another gun today.)
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To: SJackson

Wonder if they'd cut off Bill Mahr when he wishes that Dick Cheyney was killed recently. Seriously, the Left will resort to name-calling much more quickly since they usually are out of facts first.

36 posted on 03/04/2007 3:40:03 PM PST by Tallguy
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To: R.W.Ratikal

John is a metrosexual who appears to be obsessed with his looks and hair, but I don't think he's a homo.

From reading Ann's works, I take it she really soft metrosexual types so I don't think it was much of a strech for her label him a faggot.

37 posted on 03/04/2007 3:40:41 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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LOL@ GOP types who continue to let the left and the DNC define the debate.

First it was Catch an Illegal Immigrant day now we must rebuke this, please! Since we let them frame the debate we should fight their fire with ours.

And the conservative pundits who are so critical of her more than likely suffer from jealousy...

For Michelle Malkin, Our Lady of the Internment Camps, to be acting all high and mighty is funny.

38 posted on 03/04/2007 3:41:49 PM PST by Def Conservative
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To: misterrob
Her "faggot" joke was not just a distraction from all the good that was highlighted and represented at the conference. It was the equivalent of a rhetorical fragging--an intentionally-tossed verbal grenade that exploded in her own fellow ideological soldiers' tent. - Michelle Malkin

You just hit the nail why I prefer Michelle over Ann. The former is focused and articulate, while the latter argumentative and bombastic. I however like Ann's books. She's impeccable when citing her sources.
40 posted on 03/04/2007 3:41:59 PM PST by SpaceBar
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