Ann Coulter’s speeches at CPAC are simultaneously the least surprising and the most headline-ready parts of the conference. Every year, the lines to get into
Ann Coulter’s speeches at CPAC are simultaneously the least surprising and the most headline-ready parts of the conference. Every year, the lines to get into the ballroom start more than an hour before the speech; every year she dishes out six or seven one-liners that horrify liberals. Ted Kennedy was “spilling drinks in his grave,” and Keith Olbermann was a “girl,” and Obama was the “least dangerous person named Hussein.” You’ll see the video on blogs — all of it got huge cheers. The biggest cheers? When a fan gushingly asked whether Coulter had “ever dated a liberal.”
“They weren’t liberal for long,” she said.
The closest thing to dissent came when one fan whined about the presence of anti-war libertarians at the conference.
“We learned that soy beans were the answer to Afghanistan,” he said.
“I think bombs are the answer,” said Coulter.
The libertarian presence in the room was fairly small — Sam Swedberg, the Campaign for Liberty volunteer who played sumo Janet Napolitano on Thursday, told me that if Coulter fans, not Ron Paul fans, had been in the room yesterday, there wouldn’t have been such lusty booing of anti-gay activist Ryan Sorba. But Coulter indulged the few libertarians who chanted “End the Fed.”
“I’m just curious about this movement over there for ending the Fed,” she said. “Yes, end the Fed.” Later: “If Ron Paul is behind it and it has nothing to do with foreign policy, I’m for it.”
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