It's becoming the defining moment of Sarah Palin's rise to national prominence, and it's a flat out lie.
Despite significant evidence to the contrary, the McCain campaign continues to assert that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told the federal government "thanks but no thanks" to the now-famous bridge to an island in her home state.
The McCain campaign released a television advertisement Monday morning titled "Original Mavericks." The narrator of the 30-second spot boasts about the pair: "He fights pork-barrel spending. She stopped the Bridge to Nowhere."
Gov. Palin, who John McCain named as his running mate less than two weeks ago, quickly adopted a stump line bragging about her opposition to the pork-barrel project Sen. McCain routinely decries.
But Gov. Palin's claim comes with a serious caveat. She 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.
Palin not only favored the bridge, she fought for it.
"We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge," Gov. Palin said in August 2006, according to the local newspaper, "and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that's so negative." The bridge would have linked Ketchikan to the airport on Gravina Island. Travelers from Ketchikan (pop. 7,500) now rely on ferries.We know McCain's TV ads are filled with lies...
The ad is misleading because it appears to justify the [stopping the bridge] claim with a newspaper article on the screen. "PALIN FLIES HIGH AS A REFORMER," says the headline from the Anchorage Daily News that scrolls onto the screen as the announcer says "she stopped the Bridge to Nowhere."
Many viewers will get the impression that the Anchorage Daily News article backs up the claim. But that's TV sleight-of-hand. The article merely says she "ordered her administration to seek fewer congressional earmarks" after the bridge became a symbol of pork-barrel spending. There are no other details about the project or her role in ending it.
What's I find really telling is that Palin is repeating the lie herself in her stump speeches -- thereby forever defining herself as just another lying Republican
And how telling it is that this tough, moose hunting woman would be so submissive that she'd choose to allow the McCain campaign to continue to push a gross falsehood -- and then have the gall to frame herself as an agent of change.
Republican lies and women who follow the lead of her male handlers. Looks like more of the same to me.
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