“Uplifting.” That’s what one young woman in attendance replied when asked her opinion on the “Evening with Ann Coulter” sponsored by the Christian Coalition of Georgia. The event took place Saturday at the Cobb Galleria in Marietta. There were more than 700 people in attendance by my count, and most felt precisely the same way as that young woman.
The event began with host Sadie Fields, state chair of the coalition, introducing a number of local legislators, volunteers, and friends of the coalition. She then introduced three conservative representatives from Georgia: Tom Price, Phil Gingrey and Lynn Westmoreland. Each presented what one might call a “warm-up” speech, setting the tone for the featured guest.
Price and Gingrey gave excellent speeches summarizing the good work the U.S. House of Representatives has completed, not the least of which is the legislation to secure our southern border. Price remarked that Coulter “always has something good to say,” and that she must be doing something right because “the left doesn’t like her at all.” Westmoreland was particularly eloquent. He received resounding applause when he remarked, “We do not need to awaken the day after Election Day to find Nancy Pelosi is now the speaker of the House.” He received the second of three standing ovations when he reminded those in attendance that “they should never be ashamed to be called a conservative or a Christian.”
Radio talk-show host and Fox News contributor Mike Gallagher gave an inspiring introductory speech before the featured guest came to the podium. Fresh from an “off the record” meeting with President Bush and other members of the media on Friday, he reminded the audience just how important the Christian-conservative base is to the Republican Party. When he mentioned the recent Rosie O’Donnell comments comparing so-called “Christian radicals” to Muslim fanatics, the audience quickly voiced their displeasure. Mr. Gallagher closed with a few remarks praising Coulter’s wit, wisdom, fearlessness, optimism and sense of humor.
Finally, the featured guest took center stage, and it’s safe to say, she did not disappoint. Coulter was crisp, witty and at her razor-tongued best in describing the “left” in this great country. Her remarks, while deadly serious, were peppered with her signature jabs at liberals. She focused on the U.S. Constitution and how, despite the efforts of conservatives to work within the system to affect change, many in the judiciary continue to overstep their constitutional authority. She remarked that more than 40 million abortions had taken place since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, yet the American public has never been afforded the opportunity to vote on the issue. Further, she alluded to the hypocrisy of the left at calling abortion clinics “women’s health centers” and “family planning centers” and their penchant for calling an unborn baby a fetus. She asked, “Have you ever heard an expectant mother say “honey, the fetus kicked me again?” How about sending out invitations to a “fetus shower.” These are a couple of examples of how the left de-humanizes the unborn in support of that mythical constitutional right to abortion on demand.
Coulter displayed her sharp wit and sense of humor when an audience member asked what her thoughts were on the current situation in the Middle East. She replied, “I’d scoop up and remove all the children and send in the daisy cutters.”
Coulter supports a fence on our southern border and recommended the Republican Party consider Rep. Steve King from Iowa for the presidency in 2008. Coulter had the audience members hanging on her every word. She was at her sarcastic best and those in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her rhetoric.
At the close of the event, Coulter signed copies of her new book, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” for any member of the audience who cared to brave the very long line.
I thought it would be a good idea to ask a few of those waiting, what, exactly, it is about Coulter they like. Here are a few of the quotes I received, not in any particular order:
- “She is the conservative warrior of our time.”
- “She knows exactly what she’s talking about and she gives it to you straight.”
- “She is America’s moral compass. Our elected officials should pay heed when Ann speaks.”
- “I love her wit and candor. She exposes the hypocrisy of the left and the Supreme Court.”
- “She doesn’t pull any punches. I think she should run for President!”
- “I believe Ann possesses a profound wisdom about people. She single-handedly puts the conservative agenda on the table for all the world to see. She is to the conservative movement what Lenny Bruce was to comedy. She’s a trend-setter”
- “She’s got more guts than most men I know. She’s not afraid to say what’s on her mind.”
And finally, my personal favorite:
- “She’d never answer my question by saying it depends on what you mean by it.”
Judging by the comments from these good people, I’d have to say Coulter has a well-deserved, well-earned fan base. On a personal note, I’m very pleased to have met her, and I’d be pleased to have her visit Georgia on more regular basis. In fact, I’d like to say hurry back!