When John McCain trotted out Sarah Palin yesterday, she claimed she was qualified to be Leader of the Free World because she opposed a $400 million Alaskan pork barrel project called the "Bridge to Nowhere" which would have linked tiny Knik Arm and Gravina Islands to the mainland (they already had a fine ferry service).
There's only one little detail Ms. Palin left off of that story: It's not true.
In fact, Sarah Palin supported the Bridge to Nowhere because it was pure pork that Alaska could get through earmarks.
The Anchorage Daily News of October 22, 2006 carried a Question-and-Answer on her position on the Bridge to Nowhere less than two years ago:
5. Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?
Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now--while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.
And as for Sarah Palin's supposed "war on corruption," it seems to be a pretty tepid war.
Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens, currently under indictment for bribery and corruption (along with his son and most of the rest of the Republican Party in Alaska) put out a press release yesterday saying:
"Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) today applauded Senator John McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate on the Republican ticket.
And as for the notion that Palin is some sort of Republic Party reformer, it's pure nonsense. She was standing butt-cheek-to-butt-cheek next to Ted Stevens just 20 months ago, with four feet and her snout planted firmly in the feed trough of American politics.