For the first time in 18 years, Ann Coulter was not invited to speak at CPAC.
CPAC Finally Rejected Coulter, despite many factors in her favor:
Longevity. Coulter has spoken at every CPAC conference from 1998-2014.
Coulter is the author of ten books (nine were best-sellers) with an eleventh book to be released this June.
Coulter is the legal correspondent for Human Events, author with Regnery, and a speaker for the Young America’s Foundation, the Claire Boothe Luce Policy Institute, and the College Republicans, all represented at CPAC.
Many of Coulter’s powerful friends were speakers at CPAC and associated with the leadership at CPAC.
Still, CPAC snubbed Coulter. Why?
Why CPAC Rejected Coulter
After 9/11, Coulter’s CPAC appearances were continually mired in controversies of Coulter’s own making. Her provocative rhetoric became extreme. She regularly employed elimination rhetoric. Coulter seemingly sought to upstage CPAC at every turn.
One year, a host of conservative organizations and bloggers threatened to boycott CPAC if Coulter was invited to speak. Coulter was rejected as a speaker but, through slight-of-hand, spoke anyway. In both 2013 and 2014, Coulter was invited at the last minute, due to aggressive campaigns by Coulter to appear. (Friends in high places have always come to her aid.)
Coulter’s antics continued in 2014, with Coulter coordinating a phony debate, disparaging poor people, issuing death threats, and falsely claiming to have been raped.
But in 2014, Coulter crossed a non-negotiable red-line: Coulter publicly betrayed CPAC.
Within weeks of her appearance at CPAC 2014, Coulter boasted of scamming CPAC. She bragged about this “really so brilliant” scam to thwart CPAC’s agenda “despite CPAC’s best efforts.”
Nicely done, Ann.
Such is Coulter’s ego that she believes – after scamming CPAC – that CPAC would be obligated to invite her to speak in subsequent years.
Coulter’s Ego Wounded
As a self-absorbed narcissist, Coulter feels entitled to speak at CPAC, no matter what she has said or done in the past. That sense of entitlement has been apparent for more than a decade.
Last year, Coulter was irate that she was invited to only a debate (even though she was able to pick her debate partner, her friend, Mickey Kaus). Coulter did not want to settle for a debate. She wanted to give a speech.
Coulter then took the grace extended by CPAC and “scammed” them.
This year, justifiably uninvited, Coulter extended her wrath toward CPAC.
Coulter on the Offensive
Coulter told the Washington Examiner: “I wasn’t invited. I might just show up anyway just to piss them off. I could be the Bibi Netanyahu of CPAC.”
Why would Coulter want to piss off CPAC? Ego? The woman scorned? A vengeful nature?
Did you notice, Coulter places herself and her situation on par with that of Bibi Netanyahu?! Coulter likens herself to the Israeli Prime Minister, renowned for his courage, his eloquence, and his principled character.
(Instead of accusing CPAC of conspiring to silence her, Coulter should have acted like a lady and either demurred to answer or acknowledged the wealth of talented professionals available to speak at CPAC. As for CPAC, ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp responded with grace: “Ann Coulter is welcome at CPAC. We come up with the agenda. There’s so many speaking slots; you go through who would be a good fit. She’s a great fit here. She’s welcome to be here.”)
But beyond that, Coulter’s tweets also reveal her own denial of reality and her self-absorption.
In the top tweet, Coulter mocks CPAC, a sure strategy to elicit their future support.
In the next tweet, Coulter boasts of her popularity, not a particularly endearing trait.
In the third tweet, Coulter again claims that the reason for her exclusion from CPAC is amnesty. This is a red herring. This year, CPAC repeatedly addressed amnesty. Many of the speakers, including presidential candidates, spoke of amnesty. Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio were specifically queried about their views on immigration.
Coulter also tweeted what she had emailed to the Washington Examiner: “I’ll be the Bibi Netanyahu of CPAC!”
Even though she considers herself indispensable to CPAC (and CPAC indispensable to her standing as a great conservative leader), Coulter was missed only by herself.