The Bridge to Sarah Palin’s lies
September 10, 2008 5 Comments
This “Bridge to Nowhere” issue seemed kind of boring until Sarah Palin started lying about it.
via TPM, here is Chris Matthews going to town on Palin’s claims about the “Bridge to Nowhere” and the stunning spectacle of the misleading statements continuing to be told, even after the media did the most basic investigation and found Palin’s story to be misleading and untrue:
TPM has details:
Congress put the kibosh on the Bridge to Nowhere back in November 2005. Since Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) was then head of the Senate Appropriations Committee he was able to force a compromise in which the earmark for the bridge was killed but Alaska got to hold on to the money — some $442 million of federal tax dollars.
Fast forward to November 2006. That’s when Sarah Palin was running as a staunch supporter of the Bridge to Nowhere — that is, after the feds had themselves already said ‘No Thanks.’
In 2006, the Democrats took over both houses of Congress. So by the time Palin got into office it was clear that not only was the first Bridge earmark killed but that Congress was not going to be ponying up any more money. That meant that Alaska was going to have to pick up the tab all on its own. So since she couldn’t pay for it with the federal pork barrel, in September 2007, Palin officially halted the project which was then a state project since Congress had said ‘Thanks. But no thanks’ two years earlier.
She couldn’t say ‘No Thanks’ because Congress had already said ‘Forget It’.
and via local Alaska news station KTUU via TPM:
Is this really the best the McCain campaign can do? Do they really have so little to say about Palin’s record that they have to keep repeating debunked claims?
It is disconcerting that the McCain campaign continues to make false claims about this issue. If the campaign is this shameless now, it is terrifying to think what would happen if McCain is elected President.