When egos collide: Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) gets into a pissing match with noted author and historian Douglas Brinkley…at a congressional hearing about drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
Young — who is currently the target of an ethics investigation, again — has a bit of a reputation on the Hill as a pro-corporate, pork-loving lefty-hater:
He was instrumental in the “Bridge to Nowhere.”
Rolling Stone quoted him as saying “Environmentalists are a self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots” who “are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans.”
He downplayed the BP spill by saying that “oil has seeped into this ocean for centuries, will continue to do it…”
When his party asked him to forgo some earmarks so the money could be used to rebuild New Orleans, he reportedly said that Katrina victims “can kiss my ear!”
So we probably shouldn’t be surprised that he hated on a college professor who might actually know something about something.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, I filed a request under Alaska’s open records law, for all—yes, all—of Palin’s gubernatorial emails. Other journalists and citizen activists later did the same. And after many delays—see here and here—the state is finally preparing to release those emails, probably within the next week or so.
In collaboration with our friends at ProPublica and MSNBC (get on Tumblr, guys!), we’ll be posting all of the emails in a searchable archive so you can look them over yourselves. If, you know, you’re into that kind of thing.