The Pork Wars, Part 3

By Natalie Gewargis

Sep 9, 2008 10:00am

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin co-byline an oped in the Wall Street Journal  on the Fannie/Freddie bailout.  But perhaps of more interest is the Journal’s take on Palin’s position on pork and the Bridge to Nowhere: "Record Contradicts Palin’s ‘Bridge’ Claims," is the title of the story.

Palin "endorsed the multimillion dollar project during her gubernatorial race in 2006. And while she did take part in stopping the project after it became a national scandal, she did not return the federal money. She just allocated it elsewhere….

"Why is this one issue such a big deal? Sen. McCain’s anti-earmarks stance has been paramount to his campaign. The Arizona senator has blamed everything from the Minneapolis bridge collapse to Hurricane Katrina on Congress’s willingness to stuff bills full of pork barrel spending. As such, Gov. Palin’s image as a ‘reformer’ is part of the storyline the McCain campaign needs to complement the top of its ticket. Her quip about passing on the bridge and ‘building it ourselves’ has been a staple of her stump."

Obama, the Journal says, requested $311 million in earmarks last year. "In comparison, Gov. Palin has requested $750 million in her two years as governor — which the AP says is the largest per-capita request in the nation."

- jpt

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