Sarah Palin: Her Bold — and Untruthful — Claim

Did McCain's people even research the basics of his pick?

McCain supposedly likes Palin because she "stopped the Bridge to Nowhere." Palin's claim:

And 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. Well, it's always,
though, safer in politics to avoid risk, to just kind of go along with
the status quo. But I didn't get into government to do the safe and
easy things. A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why the ship is

Five minutes on Google gives you the truth:

Republicans Sen. Ted Stevens and U.S. Rep. Don Young championed the
project through Congress, securing more than $200 million in funds for
the bridge between Ketchikan, on Revillagigedo Island, and Gravina

Congress stripped the earmark – or stipulation – that the money be used
for the airport, but still sent the money to the state for any use it
deemed appropriate.

The state took about half for other projects around the state, and has set aside about $113 million for the Ketchikan bridge.

She didn't say "Thanks, no thanks." She kept the money.

The rank hypocrisy and lies get worse. Turns out Ms. Palin was for the bridge before she was against it. And that maybe she wasn't such a crusading maverick after all — she isn't really against earmarks, she's just against them when there is a little too much scrutiny.