While I prefer sticking specifically to local politics, learning that local Republicans invited (and paid $25,000 to) Ann Coulter to come to Modesto to speak has me shaking my head. And when I discovered she was being brought to Modesto’s Centre Plaza as a political pundit and not to the Gallo as a comedian I started chuckling.
Then I see my favorite quote machine, County Supervisor Jim DeMartini, hard at work. I realize Jim has a dislike for liberals in a general political sense and while bragging about how the local GOP raised $25,000 privately (Ms. Coulter’s speaking fee) at the drop of a hat, he belied concern over losing money by confidently saying “we’ll make money on it.”
Anyone can go to the Local GOP’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, after all tickets are going for a paltry $125 to $10,000. Coulter is promoting her book “In Trump We Trust” and signing copies.
Even the Bee Provided Their Own Donation: No, to my knowledge they didn’t make a donation or a ticket purchase but they did help DeMartini sound a little less crazy when they deleted a couple of lines from their hard copy delivered paper that were in their online version.
Republican politicos from around the country have been suggesting people protesting their town hall meetings were paid protesters and agitators from out of town. Supervisor DeMartini decided to sound tough and said “PAID PROTESTERS AND OUT OF TOWN AGITATORS-WE’RE NOT EXPECTING TROUBLE BUT WE’LL HANDLE IT IF IT HAPPENS.” Jim, I think you’ve been drinking the kool-Aid but the Bee did you a favor by NOT printing this, but then again that’s just me speaking.
We’ve seen people, yes protesters, from around the country showing their drivers licenses to officials and cameras proving they were from the immediate area where the meeting was being held. Will protesters here hear the question, are you from around here? And then be required to supply their drivers license to be believed?.
You’re welcome to have Ann Coulter, Queen of the Crazy Quotes, come to Modesto to speak but I think it speaks more to what divides us than what will bring us together. But considering the current political climate maybe that’s why they’re bringing her here.
$10,000 dollars to rub shoulders with Ann Coulter? There I go shaking my head again.