The New York Times has appropriately characterized the Republican Party's open records request on University of Wisconsin Madison history professor William Cronon's emails a "political fishing expedition" designed to intimidate critics.
It is vengeful, a misguided attempt to silence critics of the Walker administration.
It is ironic that the party whose leaders broke the state's open records laws to strip public employees of their right to be represented by a union would now employ that very law to try to silence its critics.
The editorial is linked here.
Cronon's own brilliant response is linked here. It is very long, but well worth the read.