Palin’s Bridge to Nowhere Claim — A Lie, It Appears

Incredible editorial from her home state newspaper (second largest in the state):

(A)s the governor herself acknowledged in her acceptance speech, she
never set out to be involved in public affairs. She has never publicly
demonstrated the kind of interest, much less expertise, in federal
issues and foreign affairs that should mark a candidate for the
second-highest office in the land. Republicans rightfully have
criticized the Democratic nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, for his lack of
experience, but Palin is a neophyte in comparison; how will Republicans
reconcile the criticism of Obama with the obligatory cheering for
Palin? Or will everyone just be forced to drop the subject? That’s not
a comforting possibility. Although no one has the perfect resume and
experience isn't everything, it is an important quality to weigh.
Palin, if elected vice president, would ascend to the presidency if
anything should happen to McCain, who turned 72 today.

There was also some pandering right from the start. “I told Congress
`Thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere,’ ” Palin reported to
the crowd in Dayton, Ohio. “If our state wanted a bridge, I said, we’d
build it ourselves.”

But the state kept the bridge money. That’s because Alaskans pay
federal gas taxes and they expect a good share to come back, just like
people do in every other state. We build very little by ourselves, and
any governor who would turn that tax money down likely would be turned
out of office.