Silky Pony: I’ll take “speeches on poverty” for $55,000, Alex

posted at 10:24 am on May 22, 2007 by Allahpundit

Yes, yes, Rudy charges much more for his lectures — but Rudy’s not a self-styled class warrior, is he? We know from our moral tutors on the left, per their fascination with the chickenhawk meme and their delightful practice of outing closeted Republicans, that hypocrisy is among the gravest sins and justifies virtually any political punishment you can devise for it.

Let’s see how they do with this one. Given their anguish over multimillionaire common man Michael Moore enjoying a deee-luxe apartment in the sky on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and a private school education for his daughter, I’m not optimistic.

The candidate charged a whopping $55,000 to speak at to a crowd of 1,787 the taxpayer-funded University of California at Davis on Jan. 9, 2006 last year, Joe Martin, the public relations officer for the campus’ Mondavi Center confirmed Monday…

The earnings — though made before Edwards was a declared Democratic presidential candidate — could hand ammunition to his competition for the Democratic presidential nomination. The candidate — who was then the head of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina — chose to speak on “Poverty, the great moral issue facing America,” as his $55,000 topic at UC Davis…

That could cause both parents and students to note some irony here: UC Davis — like the rest of the public University of California system — will get hit this year by a 7 percent tuition increase that likely hits many of the kids his speeches are aimed at helping.

We wondered if this is Edwards’ going speaking rate, and how come he didn’t offer to do it gratis for a college, particularly a public institution.

For some reason, people keep asking him on the campaign trail about that mansion of his that’s big enough to encompass one of the two Americas he’s always yammering about. His answer: “So would it be better if I had done well and now I didn’t care about people who are struggling?” My answer: No, it’d be better if you led by example, liquidated 75% of that $40 million nest egg you’re sitting on, and showed us proles how someone committed to redistribution and income equality means business. Exit question: Could he eke by on only $10 mil?

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Hypocritical windbag.

flipflop on May 22, 2007 at 10:33 AM

You should see the prices they are taking for Gore and Clinton appearances here in Norway. Sheesh.

Seixon on May 22, 2007 at 10:35 AM

1998 Chrysler, good condition, runs great, $50 obo. SilkyPony 555-1212

Limerick on May 22, 2007 at 10:35 AM

In which of the 2 America’s does $55k for a speech belong?

Wade on May 22, 2007 at 10:41 AM

Not surprised, don’t care. The Libs aren’t going to care, so why point it out to them?? Hypocrisy is a way of life for libs…

tickleddragon on May 22, 2007 at 10:41 AM

Wow…. so he made in one speech, from taxpayer dollars, more than the average American makes….


Romeo13 on May 22, 2007 at 10:42 AM

Silky Pony needs to ride off into the sunset…forever.

WisCon on May 22, 2007 at 10:47 AM

Is this the true definition of oxymoron?

Charging $55,000 for speaking about Poverty.

Well? Yup, I thought so!

I honestly don’t have a single problem with him charging WHATEVER he wants to charge. Just don’t give everybody your hypocritical “two America’s” speech anymore.

HarryStar on May 22, 2007 at 10:50 AM

Exit question:

Since there is such debate as having Moral Clarity to be able to talk about an issue, how can he possibly talk about poverty???

Would he have been better to have 3 homeless persons standing in front of the college, REALLY speaking about poverty and dividing up the speaking fee with them???

HarryStar on May 22, 2007 at 10:52 AM

The fee doesn’t matter. What matters is that he FEELS the pain of the struggling class.

common sensineer on May 22, 2007 at 10:52 AM

common sensineer on May 22, 2007 at 10:52 AM

Nah… whats important is that he makes US THINK he feels the pain of the struggling class…

Romeo13 on May 22, 2007 at 10:56 AM

I bet he spends more than $55,000 per year on hair products.

moonsbreath on May 22, 2007 at 10:57 AM

What a duplicitous a**hole.

drjohn on May 22, 2007 at 10:59 AM

$55,000 dollars for (1) speech? WOW! And to think that will only buy poor Edwards Scissorhands (137) $400.00 dollar haircuts. This guy just keeps coughing up one hairball after another….

soulsirkus on May 22, 2007 at 10:59 AM

See, there’s 2 Americas. One, where Americans donate the money they can to charities, to help the poor. Then, there’s the America where Presidential candidates charge students $55,000, to talk at their school about poverty. Edwards happens to live in the latter.

amerpundit on May 22, 2007 at 11:01 AM

Of course could have the moral authority of Ron Paul..

From CQ Weekly: The Earmark Dossier of ‘Dr. No’ By David Nather
Mon May 14, 2:45 PM ET

There isn’t much that Rep. Ron Paul (news, bio, voting record) of Texas thinks the federal government should do. A self-avowed libertarian, “Dr. No” says he votes against any program he believes is not specifically authorized by the Constitution. As a longshot 2008 Republican presidential candidate, he has promised to get rid of the income tax his first week in the White House.

Apparently, though, earmarks are okay. According to new disclosure forms the House has just started using, Paul is the sponsor of no fewer than 10 earmarks in the water resources bill that passed the House last month. All would benefit his district, which stretches along the Gulf Coast between Galveston and Corpus Christi.

His wish list includes two projects to improve the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, at a combined federal cost of roughly $32 million. There’s also the sunken ship Paul wants the feds to remove from Freeport Harbor. And he wants the feds to take charge of maintaining the Pix Bayou Navigation Channel. There’s also a feasibility study for flood, hurricane and storm damage control projects along the coast. And there’s the mysterious “project in the vicinity of Galveston Bay.” (The bill provided no other details.)

It turns out, though, that for all his scourging of government excess, Paul never has been much of a crusader against earmarks. As he put it in a floor speech last year, “earmarks . . . are a symptom of the problem, not the cause. The real problem is that the United States government is too big, spends too much, and has too much power.”

William Amos on May 22, 2007 at 11:03 AM

Combined with his hedgefund windfall, he’s almost at a cool half million on his poverty tour.

I have to learn some kind of scam like that.

JammieWearingFool on May 22, 2007 at 11:19 AM

Leaders make rules and set the example.
Politicians make rules and exempt themselves…

Catseye on May 22, 2007 at 11:24 AM

Do as I say, not as I do.

natesnake on May 22, 2007 at 11:37 AM

Strange how all these redistribution types always opt to pay the minimum taxes and place their wealth in trusts that sometimes include off shore accounts.

Screw those hypocritical jerk-wads.

natesnake on May 22, 2007 at 11:40 AM

Hey, knock it off about the $55,000 for the speech.

It doesn’t write itself after all. I need speechwriters and consultants who have to prep the content so that it reaches the needed audiences.

I have to manage my appearances closely, and that takes time. And time means money.

/is it needed?

lawhawk on May 22, 2007 at 12:03 PM

Exit question: Could he eke by on only $10 mil?

Only if he shaved his head.

Kid from Brooklyn on May 22, 2007 at 12:32 PM

UC schools, the stages where conservatives are attacked and harrassed…and where liberals hit pay dirt.

Bet no conservative stormed his stage.

right2bright on May 22, 2007 at 12:47 PM

UC schools, the stages where conservatives are attacked and harrassed…and where liberals hit pay dirt.

Bet no conservative stormed his stage.


And brings Palestinian terrorists supporters to campus and shuts down the Zionist speeches/events.

Of course no conservative charged the stage, we believe in free speech. Liberals don’t

Defector01 on May 22, 2007 at 12:59 PM

In which of the 2 America’s does $55k for a speech belong?

Wade on May 22, 2007 at 10:41 AM

And a $400 haircut, and a 28,000 square foot house?

First thing: I don’t like his hair all that much. It’s the cut every white 5th grader in North Carolina gets, and it isn’t worth more than $10.

Second thing: can you really wrap your mind around the notion of a 28,000 square foot house? I mean, walk around your place for a few minutes, do a little math.

I live on a 40,000 square foot lot, just under an acre. It takes me hours to mow the grass on a John Deere tractor; my dogs live like kings in a fenced back yard of more than 20,000 square feet. People I know can’t believe how big the yard is (trade-off: the house is tiny).

His house is 70% of that lot.

Jaibones on May 22, 2007 at 1:07 PM

Definition of a Democratic voter: someone who lacks a sense of the absurd.

ahem on May 22, 2007 at 1:18 PM

I would have spoke for half that and I would have said something “more interesting and controversial”* than he would have.

Controversial in a non-PC yet absolutely true about poverty way.

Tim Burton on May 22, 2007 at 1:48 PM

The name and title on his business card:

Mr. John Edwards, a.k.a Silky Poney
The Absolute Moral Authority on Hypocrisy (TAMAOH), also Presidential Candidate

The acronym sounds like a leftie cult and they love nothing more than an “absolute moral authority” on anything.

p.s. Don’t question them on anything.
p.p.s. He is irrelevant.
p.p.p.s. Madonna, from her 15-bath castle, has written “Hey you” to hook up with Al Gore’s lecturing on how we should live to save the world from us.

Entelechy on May 22, 2007 at 2:53 PM

The second America are the ones that are concerned about WT7 and the conspiracy that goes along with it.

He did say he’d look into it. Satisfaction guaranteed! ♠

Kini on May 22, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Edwards may be on to something…

Why, I can think of no better authority than Edwards when it comes to poverty- look at the financial hardships he has to endure every day. Perhaps next he should charge 55 grand to discuss the benefits of tort reform to curtail the activities of ambulance-chasing personal injury attorneys.

Other Democrats can follow suit:

Bill Clinton can get big money speaking about the benefits of marital fidelity.

Hillary can speak of the need to be open, honest and consistant.

Murtha can give speeches denouncing corruption in Congress; Diane Feinstein can be co-speaker.

Ted Kenedy can give a seminar about the health benefits of staying thin and abstaining from alcohol.

Hollowpoint on May 22, 2007 at 3:14 PM

Exit question: Could he eke by on only $10 mil?

Nah. probably not. But he won’t get the nomination because of choices like this – us “regular people” do see through it.

Bradky on May 23, 2007 at 7:22 AM