On February 7–9, conservatives from around the country will gather in Washington, D.C. for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). This year, one of the darlings of the far right’s oft-distasteful and unpleasant punditry will not be invited:
She’s always been outrageous, but when conservative Ann Coulter talked of 9/11 “rag heads” at the 2006 Conservative Political Action Conference and linked the slur “faggot” to Sen. John Edwards in a 2007 speech, CPAC’s organizers decided to cut her from the list of speakers at the February 7–9 conference expected to draw 6,000.
At CPAC 2006, Coulter referred to Muslims as “raghead[s].” At CPAC 2007, she said she couldn’t “really talk about” then-Democratic presidential candidate and former Sen. John Edwards because “you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot.’” Watch it:
Coulter may not be a part of the formal CPAC program, but rest assured that the presence of this “great American” will still be felt.
A few of Coulter’s supporters found a way for her to appear at the conference. Five of this year’s CPAC sponsors — the Young America’s Foundation (YAF), Human Events, Townhall.com, Citizens United, and Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute — have decided to hold a “Q & A session” with Coulter that “is not part of the general sessions.”
YAF president Ron Robinson said “it’s unfortunate that Ann Coulter is not speaking at CPAC” because she is “a powerhouse for young people” and “one major reason that CPAC is so successful.”