Silky Pony: I'll take "speeches on poverty" for $55,000, Alex

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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