Palin and Earmarks

Sarah Palin was against the Bridge to Nowhere? Well, not so much. Steve Benen explained:

“…I championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress — I told Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that bridge to nowhere. If our state wanted a bridge, I said we’d build it ourselves.”

The McCain campaign has been flagging this pretty aggressively this afternoon. It’s a shame, then, that Palin wasn’t exactly telling the truth. As TNR’s Brad Plumer explained, Palin actually supported the funding for the much-derided bridge project.

That’s not a good start for her very first public appearance as the Republicans’ VP candidate.

It seems that her main claim to truthfulness is that, after the federal earmark was revoked, she didn’t spend state money on it. There’s also no particular evidence for the claim that she’s anti-earmark in general, and indeed, Democrats are already flogging a campaign ad she cut featuring an endorsement from Ted Stevens.