10 September 2008

Chiming in on the "Bridge to Nowhere"

This really is puzzling.

Why, despite very public evidence to the contrary, does Governor Palin continue to assert (daily) that she “told the Congress, Thanks but not thanks to that ‘Bridge to Nowhere’”?

Seriously, doesn’t the McCain campaign worry that such a blatant truth skew is going to come back and bite them? Or do they think we’re all so unthinking that we’ll just automatically accept their “truthiness” over the media’s plenteous research? (Actually, this might be the case).

The McCain campaign did finally respond, rather indignantly (and with an attempt to divert attention to Obama. More puzzlement: why respond with "well, Obama voted for those funds" when your candidate's "Maverick" status is at stake?).

As numerous media outlets have pointed out, the truth seems to be that she canceled the project when politically convenient; the Governor kept the federal funding for the bridge and used it for other state projects. For just a few more examples of factchecking the Governor’s claims, see “McCain and Palin castigate the earmarks she seeks” (AP), The Plank, and PolitiFact. And here’s the Anchorage Daily News, which says of Governor Palin’s position on the “Bridge to Nowhere”: “She was for it before she was against it."

And this kind of says it all:

Photo taken in 2006 while campaigning in Ketchikan, AK. The zip code "99901" belongs to that town, the location of the planned "Bridge to Nowhere."

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