So, the latest development in the university speaking fee drama is Congressman Yee releasing some threats he got because of the controversy. I'm not going to link the stuff that was sent to him because it's sick and racist. Anyway, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Left is going to have a field day with this.
1. The Left is happy that Yee got these things. Now he can play victim, because when the Left starts looking stupid, there's nothing that pulls them out of that nosedive like a good case of crocodile tears. It also provides them an opportunity to further stereotype Palin supporters.
2. I don't know any Palin supporters that would ever say things like that. Doesn't mean they don't exist because every group has its crazies, but I've certainly never run across any.
3. The stuff they released is disgusting. No one should ever say it for any reason. But what, you think other public figures don't get similar threats all time? Of course they do. The FBI is a constant presence in Glenn Beck's life. Anyone who's the center of a controversy gets this garbage. I guess maybe I'll take it more seriously when the media starts covering the threats Beck gets.
And if you are a Palin supporter and you sent him anything like that, congratulations; you just handed the enemy a nice big round of ammunition to shell Palin with. Figuratively speaking, of course.
The stuff is disgusting. But the media's spotlight of it is merely an attempt to divert attention. I, for one, will not fall for that trap.
The bigger issue is that Yee is wasting the time and resources of his constituents in pursuit of brownie points from the higher-ups. He represents a state that's going bankrupt in a country that could be soon to follow, and he can find nothing better to do with his time than to use state resources to find out how much Palin is getting paid.
I concur with this guy's view of Yee's actions:
Our state legislators have a $20 billion budget deficit to solve to stave off financial ruin for California and yet Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who recently discovered there was an area of California east of the Altamont, would rather spend his time obsessing over Sarah Palin coming to Turlock. While the house burns, our government argues over the color of the window shades.
This is a perfect example of the dysfunctional nature of Sacramento. Whether you like Palin or not, I think citizens of this region can all agree agree that it is time for Yee to go back to work in Sacramento and deal with the most pressing issues at hand, such as our depression-era unemployment levels. If Sacramento would do its job instead of squandering our tax dollars, perhaps the foundation wouldn't have to privately support the needs of a public institution.
UPDATE - Remember this?