… you might just want to do a background check, first.
This is amazing. Absolutely amazing. As a first-term governor whose most extensive governmental experience came as the mayor of a town with 6,500 residents, you might want to at least be accurate in your most oft-repeated claimâ€”in this case, that you fought with all your might to oppose the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. Alas, like too many politicians, Democratic and Republican, MC Palin seems, well, full of shit.
Yo Flav, read on:
Perhaps the brain was still a little fuzzy from the shock of McCainâ€™s new VP pick, Alaskaâ€™s own governor Sarah Palin.Â Perhaps it was still stuck in the endless loop of wondering – why? why? why?Â Whatever the reason, it took more than 24 hours for Palinâ€™s first big untruth to register with me.
Today, while I watched her hop out of the â€œStraight Talk Expressâ€ bus, and giveÂ the second reading of her acceptance speech, one of my fellow viewers said, â€œYou know, I donâ€™t remember her opposing the Bridge.â€Â And it hit me.Â I donâ€™t remember that either.Â A quick double-check with the third member of our watch party confirmed our confusion.Â We all live here.Â We all watch the news, read the paper, and pay attention to the local political circus, but none of us connected Sarah with her claims of rebuffing the controversial earmark.Â If you werenâ€™t watching, hereâ€™s the quote from her speech:
â€œI championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress â€”Â I told Congress, â€˜Thanks, but no thanks,â€™ on that Bridge to Nowhere. â€˜If our state wanted a bridgeâ€™, I said, â€˜weâ€™d build it ourselvesâ€™.
Check out these entries from theÂ Ketchikan Daily News:
â€œPeople across the nation struggle with the idea of building a bridge because theyâ€™ve been under these misperceptions about the bridge and the purpose,â€™ said Palin, who described the link as the Ketchikan areaâ€™s potential for expansion and growth.
Palin said Alaskaâ€™s congressional delegation worked hard to obtain funding for the bridge and that she â€˜would not stand in the way of the progress toward that bridgeâ€™.
â€˜We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something thatâ€™s so negative,â€™ Palin said.â€
Ketchikan Daily News 9-28-06
Alaska Senator Ted Stevens (currently under indictment) and Representative Don Young (currently under investigation) were the bridgeâ€™s two biggest proponents.Â But they were unable to convince Congress to fund the infamous bridge from Ketchikan to Gravina Island at the levels it had hoped.Â Now, instead of Alaska paying $160Â million, the cost to Alaska skyrocketed to $349Â million.
After federal funding had been slashed, Palin was asked if she was still in support of funding the project.Â She said:
Yes. I would like to see Alaskaâ€™s infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later.Â The window is nowâ€“while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.
Well that assistance never materialized, and Alaskaâ€™s congressional powerhouse is tumbling like a house of cards.Â Senior Senator Ted Stevens is under indictment on seven felony counts.Â Representative Don Young is under investigation and has spent more than a million dollars of his campaign fund on legal feesâ€¦and he hasnâ€™t even been indicted yet.Â And although Stevens just won his primary bid handily, Young is hanging on by his fingernails while a recount is performed to determine the winner of his contest.Â His challenger?Â Sean Parnell, Palinâ€™s Lt. Governor and also the head of the Division of Elections that is in charge of recounting the votes for his own race.Â You canâ€™t make this stuff up.Â The third member of the delegation, Lisa Murkowski, was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat by her own father, Senator Frank Murkowski who left the senate to become the governor that Sarah Palin defeated in the 2006 primary.Â (Are you keeping up with me?)Â I could keep going, but those are the highlights.
So, if Congress had gone along and coughed up what Stevens and Young had asked for, guess whatâ€¦.that bridge to nowhere would have become a reality during the Palin administration.Â She supported the bridge every step of the wayâ€¦until the funding was cut.Â So we decided to say, â€œThanks, but no thanks.Â If we want a bridge weâ€™ll build it ourselves?!â€Â Â Is that like the failed earmark version of â€œYou canâ€™t fire meâ€¦.I quit!â€
The fact that â€œThanks, but no thanksâ€Â wasÂ theÂ money line for her debut as Vice Presidential candidate, and yet is a total fabrication, makes the mind reel.Â Is there no fact checker on McCainâ€™s staff?
One other thought: Much has already been said that, come debate time, Biden must tiptoe around Palin, just so he doesn’t look like the bully. I sayâ€”bullshit. This isn’t an election for town librarian or head dog walker. This is vice president of the United States. If people think a woman can’t take a debate with gusto and heart, well, she shouldn’t be on the stage.