UPDATE @ 11:53 PM: NBC’s Chuck Todd just said “The speech was very thin on substance. I thought what was interesting is they were very careful not to have her talk about things that she hasn’t dealt with right now.” You think??? John McCain wants Palin to be vice president of the United States but his campaign wont let her talk about substance because she can’t talk about substance. That’s comforting.
Ballsy move to lie to America during one’s introductory speech. But, that’s what Palin did tonight. AP said Palin “stretch[ed] the truth. She lied:
PALIN: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending … and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.”
THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.”
She’s been lying about the “Bridge to Nowhere” for days now. She’s like George Bush — just keep repeating the lie.
From the August 31st Anchorage Daily News:
Palin touts stance on ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ doesn’t note flip-flop
By TOM KIZZIA
Published: August 31st, 2008 12:01 AM
Last Modified: August 31st, 2008 03:06 AM
When John McCain introduced Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday, her reputation as a tough-minded budget-cutter was front and center.
“I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere,” Palin told the cheering McCain crowd, referring to Ketchikan’s Gravina Island bridge.
But Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.
The Alaska governor campaigned in 2006 on a build-the-bridge platform, telling Ketchikan residents she felt their pain when politicians called them “nowhere.” They’re still feeling pain today in Ketchikan, over Palin’s subsequent decision to use the bridge funds for other projects — and over the timing of her announcement, which they say came in a pre-dawn press release that seemed aimed at national news deadlines.
“I think that’s when the campaign for national office began,” said Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein on Saturday.
How many times can Palin repeat this lie before it really starts working against her.
My guess is that the McCain campaign think its attacks on the media will prevent the political reporters from actually covering Palin’s lies and mistakes. The jury is out on that.