Ann Coulter may be finding that her second fifteen minutes of fame is not going to last much longer. The outspoken Conservative ran headlong into the growing division within the Republican Party as she went before some 1000 libertarian students and outspoken libertarian John Stossel at the International Students for Liberty Conference in DC. Stossel brought in not only a Libertarian, but Liberal and a Conservative to the debate.
Coulter got into a heated debate with Stossel and the students on social issues. Not surprisingly, Coulter was not above a little light misogyny in there as well. Things did not start well for Coulter when she was challenged over the Iraq War, and she said it was justified because Saddam Hussein was “definitely looking for uranium from Niger” despite the fact that this has been proven demonstrably false time and time again.
Coulter was also dismissive of the push to legalize marijuana. She then stated:
“This is why people think libertarians are pussies. . .We’re living in a country that is 70-percent socialist, the government takes 60 percent of your money. They are taking care of your health care, of your pensions. They’re telling you who you can hire, what the regulations will be. And you want to suck up to your little liberal friends and say, ‘Oh, but we want to legalize pot.’ You know, if you’re a little more manly you would tell them what your position on employment discrimination is. How about that? But it’s always ‘We want to legalize pot.’”
Stossel then dropped a bombshell and asked her “Why can’t gays get married?”
Coulter’s stock answer harkens back to the days when racists said that Blacks and Whites could get marries so long as they married within their race. She said “Well, they can. They have to marry a member of the opposite sex.” After the booing began, she retorted “This is another one where you’re just sucking up to liberals when there are big fights.”
Stossel responded by saying “No, we believe the individual should be left alone.”
Coulter, who believed so strongly in the necessity of marriage that she did not marry until late in her fourth decade of life, stated “Marriage is the most important institution to civilize young people. I’d make divorce a lot more difficult. Liberals want to destroy the family.” The students continued to jeer.
One student, during the Q&A session, asked her, to a standing ovation, “How is it any of your business what I choose to put in my body if I’m not affecting anyone else?”
Coulter snarkily replied “First of all, for alleged individualists, you’re very mob-like. Second of all, it is my business because we are living in a welfare state … Right now, I have to pay for, it turns out, coming down the pike, your health care. I have to pay for your unemployment when you can’t hold a job. I have to pay for your food, for your housing. Yeah, it’s my business!”
Here’s the video: