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Conservative Ann Coulter to speak in Steamboat

Ann Coulter

— Conservative political pundit, bestselling author and nationally syndicated columnist Ann Coulter will be the featured speaker at a February event in Steamboat Springs.

Rick Akin, co-founder of The Steamboat Institute, confirmed Thursday that Coulter has agreed to be the keynote speaker of a Feb. 17 dinner event in the Champagne Powder Room in the Thunderhead building at the top of Steamboat Ski Area's gondola.

The topic of Coulter's 30-minute talk has not been decided, but Akin said it's likely to focus on the 2012 presidential race. It will be followed by a Q-and-A session.

"She's exceedingly entertaining," Akin said. "She can't utter a sentence without making you laugh.

"She uses biting humor almost ceaselessly. If you're on the end being bitten, it's probably not as amusing as it is to everyone else."

Those typically bitten by Coulter are Democrats and liberals, as she makes clear in the titles of her New York Times bestselling books like "Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right"; "Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism"; "Godless: The Church of Liberalism"; and "If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans." Her latest book is titled "Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America."

Akin acknowledged that while some residents will "jump for joy" about Coulter's appearance in Steamboat, others will be even more upset than when Karl Rove was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Freedom Conference.

"There may be some protests, and that's fine," Akin said. "People have the right to express their opinion, and I have no problem with that."

Tickets to the Feb. 17 dinner cost $125 if purchased by Jan. 31 or $150 if purchased thereafter. VIP tickets, which include a reception at 6:30 p.m. and a chance to meet Coulter and have a photo taken with her, are $250 if purchased by Jan. 31 and $300 thereafter. Sponsor tables are $2,200 and include eight VIP tickets and signed copies of her new book. Anyone who would like to sit at Coulter's table during dinner can pay $1,000 for that VIP package.

Registration is available at http://www.steamboatInstitute.org.