McCain’s “Pork Lists” Included Palin Projects

Makes you wonder if McCain has even been paying attention to his legislative work:

For much of his long career in Washington, John McCain has been throwing darts at the special spending system known as earmarking, through which powerful members of Congress can deliver federal cash for pet projects back home with little or no public scrutiny. He’s even gone so far as to publish “pork lists” detailing these financial favors.

Three times in recent years, McCain’s catalogs of “objectionable” spending have included earmarks for this small Alaska town, requested by its mayor at the time — Sarah Palin.

Of course, this wouldn’t bea big deal, if the McCain campaign weren’t touting her anti-earmark credentials. Even then, I suppose, they could be forgiven for not knowing, but Palin certainly can’t. When she said she told Congress “thanks but no thanks,” on the bridge project, she knew that she had campaigned in favor of it, and subsequently kept the federal money that had been earmarked for it. That she would either not set the record straight, or indeed that she would just deliver suchan abjectly false line as the centerpiece of her “policy” introduction, demonstrates a truly alarming willingness to ignore the truth altogether.