Video: The pork stylings of Biden

posted at 7:15 am on September 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Joe Biden has had a good time talking about the Bridge to Nowhere, and so far the mainstream media has been happy to repeat his attacks on Sarah Palin for her initial support for the Ketchikan bridge before opposing it as governor. However, CNN finally reports on the support this bridge received from both Biden and Barack Obama, and goes one better. They report on Biden’s pork record, including a project that CNN calls The Bridge to Two Nowheres:

DON LEMON: Senator Joe Biden has said a lot about Sarah Palin and the so-called Bridge to Nowhere on the campaign trail, but there is a bridge in his own backyard that she could be talking about. CNN’s Special Investigative Unit Correspondent Drew Griffin reports.

DREW GRIFFIN: Last week it became part of his stump speech. You believe Senator McCain and Governor Palin are good for America’s road to recovery, Joe Biden says you better check their road map.

JOE BIDEN: I’ve got also a bridge I’ve got to sell you here. Guess what? It’s in Alaska and it goes nowhere.

GRIFFIN: Perhaps Biden believes the Bridge to Nowhere is the symbolic bridge to cross into the White House.

BIDEN: John McCain’s answers for the economy and that we’re in such desperate shape is the ultimate Bridge to Nowhere. It’s nowhere. It takes you nowhere.

GRIFFIN: But hold on Senator Biden. Keeping him honest, we decided to check on 116 reasons in Delaware that one Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska may not be such a good Democratic talking point, because 116 is the number of earmarks Senator Biden asked for this year alone. The total bill to taxpayers more than $342 million. He told our American Morning they are all justified.

BIDEN: Everyone has seen them and we have no Lawrence Welk Museums, we have no Bridges to Nowhere in Delaware. It’s all straight up.

GRIFFIN: Straight up? We went to Delaware to see for ourselves. True, there is no Lawrence Welk Museum, but Biden does want a million dollars for a children’s museum, another million dollars for opera house renovations, hundreds of thousands for this tiny waterfront park, and believe it or not, there’s also a bridge, maybe not to nowhere, but after the tourists have gone this time of year, the Indian River Inlet Bridge can seem like a bridge between two nowheres.

CAROL EVERHART: We need a new bridge and we are so fortunate that this is finally at a place where it’s going to happen.

GRIFFIN: Carol Everhart with the local chamber of commerce says the Indian River Inlet Bridge is a vital link in the tourist trade, connecting the vacation towns of Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach. Without this bridge, she says, 30,000 summer vacationers a day would have to drive an extra 35 minutes. The bridge has some erosion problems and if it ever collapsed, it would cause economic disaster here, Everhart says.

WOMAN: The bridge as it is is currently safe.

EVERHART: So why is Senator Biden asking for $13 million for this bridge now? That’s what Bill Allison of the watchdog group the Sunlight Foundation wants to know.

BILL ALLISON: Actually what Senator Biden is doing is saying that, well, my states bridge gets the priority dollars, even though it’s not a priority project.

GRIFFIN: Now the real twist in this story. Senator Biden must really like bridges, because not only does he want you to help pay to replace this bridge here in Delaware, despite what he’s been saying on the campaign trail, he actually voted for Alaska’s Bridge to Nowhere. Twice. That’s right. He and Senator Barack Obama were among the 93 Senators who voted for the massive 2005 Transportation Bill funding the Alaskan Bridge to Nowhere and thousands of other projects across the country. And when another Senator tried to divert the Bridge to Nowhere money to fix a bridge to New Orleans damaged by Katrina, Senators Biden and Obama and 80 other Senators present voted against the amendment.

ALLISON: Yes, they had a chance to vote specifically against the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska, to redirect the money, and they chose not to.

GRIFFIN: John McCain, who always opposed earmarks, was not in the Senate that day and did not cast a vote. Sarah Palin wasn’t even the Governor yet. So why is Biden raising the Bridge to Nowhere on the campaign trail? Of course we wanted to ask him directly, but his campaign never got back to us. Drew Griffin, CNN, Dewey Beach, Delaware.

LEMON: And just to be clear, Drew based this on the number of appropriations Senator Biden requested for the last fiscal year. Just this week Congress approved the 2009 budget and reportedly there are at least 2000 earmarks in that bill and reporters are still trying to determine what they’re all for.

How much do you want to bet that John McCain will use “The Bridge to Two Nowheres” in the next debate? Sarah Palin may get to it first on Thursday. Certainly, the McCain/Palin campaign has worked with Palin to put these projects at the forefront in her debate with Biden.

Biden may have more to explain on Thursday. Last week, USA Today reported that Biden has $51.5 million in earmarks in the continuing resolution bill meant to keep government operating in lieu of an actual budget, which Democrats don’t want to produce before seeing who wins the presidential election. Obama suspended his earmark requests, but Biden has no such discipline. Of course, he’s also running for Senate and needs to bring home the pork in order to justify his existence.

The Bridge to Two Nowheres, brought to you by the Ticket of Two Non-Reformers.


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Didn’t Obama just neuter any pork barrel arguments by saying in Friday’s debate that the total amount of earmarks was $18 billion, and the size of the bailout was like $700 billion, McCain’s tax “cuts” $300 million, and his new spending $800 billion?

McCain (and we Republicans) need to move off the gotcha pork barrel stuff and hit Obama on other economic issues – tax & spend doctrinaire liberal, class warfare, etc. Otherwise, we’ll lose the election.

Outlander on September 29, 2008 at 7:22 AM

If the current trend continues, I may have to be watching more CNN than Fox…. who’d a thunk it?

CC

CapedConservative on September 29, 2008 at 7:22 AM

Self ownage is the best!

grapeknutz on September 29, 2008 at 7:23 AM

But they frame it as a biden issue…trying to be slick and just throw obama in there.

tomas on September 29, 2008 at 7:25 AM

Is this guy from Scranton?

Fuquay Steve on September 29, 2008 at 7:26 AM

PALIN: Senator Biden, While originally I supported the Bridge to Nowhere, I learned my lesson, and eventually I killed the project. By contrast, you AND Senator Obama BOTH voted for the Bridge to Nowhere twice, including voting against using the money to fix a bridge damaged by Hurricane Katrina. In addition, you pushed for millions for a Bridge to Two Nowheres in Delaware. Senator, that’s not the change America needs, that’s more of the same old Washington politics you’ve been doing for 36 years. Isn’t that right, Senator?

BIDEN: [spits and sputters]

aunursa on September 29, 2008 at 7:27 AM

PALIN: Senator Obama criticised Senator McCain for not once mentioning the “middle class” last Friday night. Senator Biden, I suggest you teach your running mate that the President is not the leader of one constituency or one economic level. Rather, the man elected on November 4th is supposed to be the President of ALL Americans, and is supposed to look out for the interests of ALL Americans, and is not supposed to pit one group against another. That’s not the type of change we need Senator, that’s more of the same.

aunursa on September 29, 2008 at 7:31 AM

If the current trend continues, I may have to be watching more CNN than Fox…. who’d a thunk it?

CC

CapedConservative on September 29, 2008 at 7:22 AM

Yep . . .FOX is hip deep in the Obama tank and sinking,

rplat on September 29, 2008 at 7:34 AM

Pikeway up the Biden gorge.

maverick muse on September 29, 2008 at 7:40 AM

You think FOX is assuming an Obama win and wants to make sure they’re positioned to have access after Jan.?

I can’t tell you how many times I got disgusted and turned it off in the last few days.

anniekc on September 29, 2008 at 7:43 AM

Yep . . .FOX is hip deep in the Obama tank and sinking,
rplat on September 29, 2008 at 7:34 AM

I don’t believe that’s true at all. However, it makes sense as a business reality for Fox to shift to the left a little bit. Obama really hurt Fox News by leading the effort to stage a Democrat boycott of the network through the entire Democrat primaries; Fox’s ratings fell precipitously and the only Democrats they could get on the network were hasbeens from 30 years ago (Pat Caddell, Bob Beckel, etc.) All the other networks had more “current” Democrat commentators who were able to offer better insight.

So then Obama has a meeting with Roger Ailes and company and negotiates the terms under which he’ll appear on O’Reilly. O’Reilly hammered Obama, so it’s not like Obama was able to negotiate a softball interview. But, and I have ZERO evidence to support this, so it’s just speculation, but I suspect Obama may have intimated that “either your coverage of me improves or we’re going to totally shut you out of any news coverage come 2009 with President Obama and full control of both houses of congress.”

Outlander on September 29, 2008 at 7:44 AM

The Clinton machine is alive and kicking, I see. Not that I’m complaining. I was wondering how long they were going to wait before unleashin their stash.

ErinF on September 29, 2008 at 7:45 AM

I’m afraid advisors on the McCain campaign have given Sarah too many do this or don’t do that and that is why she flailed in the Couric and Gibson inerviews. LEt her be herself. But the “pros” think they can Washingtonize her to sell the package. We like the fresh untarnished herself from Alaska.

wepeople on September 29, 2008 at 7:47 AM

Didn’t Obama just neuter any pork barrel arguments by saying in Friday’s debate that the total amount of earmarks was $18 billion, and the size of the bailout was like $700 billion,

Unfortunately for the Republicans, my thoughts exactly.

(btw, I still haven’t heard anyone say where the gov’t is getting the actual “cash” to buy the assets from the banks–raise taxes? print money? borrow from the Chinese by selling them T-bills? The US gov’t doesn’t have that money. Any answers??)

JiangxiDad on September 29, 2008 at 7:47 AM

O’Reilly hammered Obama, so it’s not like Obama was able to negotiate a softball interview

Outlander on September 29, 2008 at 7:44 AM

Oh? Let me see… the response to the Ayers question was “What can I tell you…” and Ted Baxter let it stand. Oh, sure O’Reilly raised his voice and “sounded” like he ranted a couple of times but this interview was clearly nothing that pressured Obama in the least. Compare that to a Palin interview where she is constantly pressed for SPECIFICS and the interviewer constinues UNTIL they get an answer. Hell, even compare it to Baba Wawa and McCain on The View.

CC

CapedConservative on September 29, 2008 at 7:47 AM

That was CNN?

Wow!

TheSitRep on September 29, 2008 at 7:49 AM

McCain has no chance

tomas on September 29, 2008 at 7:50 AM

Wasn’t Biden’s son and/or his firm a registered lobbyist lobbying the committee Biden chairs until about 6 months ago? How does even a democrat explain that one?

horatio on September 29, 2008 at 7:50 AM

If the current trend continues, I may have to be watching more CNN than Fox…. who’d a thunk it?

CC

CapedConservative on September 29, 2008 at 7:22 AM

One problem—-for every pro McCain story, CNN broadcast five negative ones. (Wolfie Blitzer–10-1) This is their fomula for fair and balanced.

Rovin on September 29, 2008 at 7:51 AM

horatio

The original post said that Pork spending is only 18 billion and the bailout 700 billion so it doesn’t matter…

People go yaaaaa you know he’s right…all that stuff we were mad at doesn’t matter. The dexter st. jock school of politics.

tomas on September 29, 2008 at 7:53 AM

One problem—-for every pro McCain story, CNN broadcast five negative ones. (Wolfie Blitzer–10-1) This is their fomula for fair and balanced.

Rovin on September 29, 2008 at 7:51 AM

At least I would be expecting it… I hate getting sandbagged.

As for McCain’s apparent falling out of favor. The man has not campaigned for a week. Obama hasn’t had a negative word spoken about him in that same time. He is already beginning to show the arrogance that was so apparent just before the “Paris Hilton” ad. If that minor shot at him caused him so much consternation, wait until the ads begin to fly again.

Also, who is his voice coach? I notice on his stump speeches ONLY, he drops the consonants from the end of his words… sort of like “Hillary Black Speak”.

CC

CapedConservative on September 29, 2008 at 7:55 AM

I caught a snippet of “analysis” on the news this morning. According to this guy, people who are undecided now don’t care about issues, but rather one’s mastery of the issues. If that’s true, none of this matters, we’re screwed :/

aikidoka on September 29, 2008 at 7:56 AM

(btw, I still haven’t heard anyone say where the gov’t is getting the actual “cash” to buy the assets from the banks–raise taxes? print money? borrow from the Chinese by selling them T-bills? The US gov’t doesn’t have that money. Any answers??)

JiangxiDad on September 29, 2008 at 7:47 AM

This is exactly why world markets are responding negatively to this bailout—there is no real cash or assets. The treasury might as well buy Parker Bros and use their money—there’s no difference.

Rovin on September 29, 2008 at 7:58 AM

I caught a snippet of “analysis” on the news this morning. According to this guy, people who are undecided now don’t care about issues, but rather one’s mastery of the issues. If that’s true, none of this matters, we’re screwed :/

aikidoka on September 29, 2008 at 7:56 AM

One campaign ad showing Senator Obama speaking last week saying one thing and then one from this week say “As I’ve always said…” (and saying the opposite) will clearly show no “mastery of the issues”.

CC

CapedConservative on September 29, 2008 at 7:58 AM

(btw, I still haven’t heard anyone say where the gov’t is getting the actual “cash” to buy the assets from the banks–raise taxes? print money? borrow from the Chinese by selling them T-bills? The US gov’t doesn’t have that money. Any answers??)

JiangxiDad on September 29, 2008 at 7:47 AM

I read an article a couple of days ago.. they are actually operating on a “new” monetary theory that the money supply is infinite… since it’s based on the full faith and credit and all that jazz… seriously. I was dumbfounded.

CC

CapedConservative on September 29, 2008 at 8:00 AM

When the only sound is the silence of the national media . . .

he goes to work . . .

throwing mountains of pork back into his state.

And when it comes to that Bridge to Two Nowheres . . .

It’s Biden Time.

Time for one of the biggest Senate guzzlers you can find:

Biden Low life.

If you want a bridge, he’s got an earmark.

Biden Low Life.

Loxodonta on September 29, 2008 at 8:01 AM

As long as this bail out is dominating the news…Forget this election and work on your survivalist skills. I got my survivalist for dummies yesterday.

tomas on September 29, 2008 at 8:01 AM

One campaign ad showing Senator Obama speaking last week saying one thing and then one from this week say “As I’ve always said…” (and saying the opposite) will clearly show no “mastery of the issues”.

CC

CapedConservative on September 29, 2008 at 7:58 AM

I hope that’s the case.

So many instances to choose from though. Does McCain have enough money for that many ads? ;)

aikidoka on September 29, 2008 at 8:03 AM

So many instances to choose from though. Does McCain have enough money for that many ads? ;)

aikidoka on September 29, 2008 at 8:03 AM

That’s the good part… he hasn’t spent a dime the past week;)

CC

CapedConservative on September 29, 2008 at 8:07 AM

This is surreal,absolutely unbelievable,the bleeding heart
Liberals blamed Republicans on the lack of help to Katrina,
and they have the audacity to vote against the repair work
of the bridge in New Orleans!!

Both Hopey and ScamGaffeBiden are either incredibly stupid,
or think the American voters are a bunch of idiots!
(Just to be clear,I’am not saying Americans are Idiots)

I can’t even grasp,how brazen,corrupt,and fraudulent,and
the sheer contempt the Liberal Democratic Party has for
Americans!

Do Hopeless and FraudGaffBiden know there’s a Presidential
election going on!

This kind of crap would doom any politicians chances in any
election!

This needs a special prosecutor,independant investigation,
and the FBI!

The bailout should be on hold,find out who’s committing all
this corruption,and start handing out the subpoena’s!

Biden,Obama,Pelosi,Dodd, Barney should be relieved of their
duty until its proven that there hands don’t have any little
chickens coming home to roost chicken do do on them!!!!!!!!

canopfor on September 29, 2008 at 8:10 AM

Me thinks, that maybe behind the scenes,this could be the
handiwork of Hillary getting even with her Liberal Party,
for nominating Hopeless!!!

canopfor on September 29, 2008 at 8:15 AM

Wow, actual journalism. Scary.

Seixon on September 29, 2008 at 8:17 AM

AND it ran in prime time.

I expected it to find out it was reported at 3 am.

csdeven on September 29, 2008 at 8:27 AM

With friends like these, the Democrats in New Orleans don’t need enemies.

unclesmrgol on September 29, 2008 at 8:28 AM

I actually live 12 miles from Rehoboth Beach. The Indian River Bridge is DESPERATELY in need of replacing. The currents in the inlet are treacherous and are quickly eroding the supports for the bridge. And it not only connects the Delaware Beaches together but is a link between those beaches and Ocean City, Maryland. It would be a financial disaster if the bridge collapsed.

That being said, I don’t think federal money should go to these projects. If Delaware wants to replace the bridge, Delaware should pay for it.

ukgoods on September 29, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Palin’s done. She’s being openly mocked now. If anyone ever did the same thing to Pelosi, they would pay a high price. Republicans are weaklings; they fail to defend Palin against increasingly outrageous attacks.

I’ve been a Republican most of my long life, and will continue to be, but I have never been more ashamed of my Party due to the leadership’s sniveling cowardice.

jay12 on September 29, 2008 at 8:43 AM

This is a set-up piece; I suggest McCain and Pallin not touch the issue. It may be a bridge to nowhere in the off-season, but I am sure they will start spouting off about the millions of tourist dollars they would lose without it. CNN is only helping the Dems.

Guest1.1 on September 29, 2008 at 8:46 AM

they are actually operating on a “new” monetary theory that the money supply is infinite… ***
CapedConservative on September 29, 2008 at 8:00 AM

This monetary policy is used in such havens of competent government as Mexico and most of Africa. Did you know you can buy a candy bar in Mexico for 80,000 pesos? Soon, you will be able to buy the same candy bar in the U.S. for the low low price of $1,500.

I think the government will be able to finance this with treasury bonds, especially since they’re rolling it out in stages. They may actually sell special bonds just for this – I’m honestly not sure.

Outlander on September 29, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Palin’s done. She’s being openly mocked now. If anyone ever did the same thing to Pelosi, they would pay a high price. Republicans are weaklings; they fail to defend Palin against increasingly outrageous attacks. ***
jay12 on September 29, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Jay, I’m a Republican and was an early proponent of Palin. But I can’t defend her performance in these interviews. It’s atrocious and it’s causing me to lose confidence in her. I could defend Palin’s Couric interview if she was strong except for her piss-poor response to the two gotcha questions. But she botched even the easier, “fair” questions. And her performance on Hannity was not exactly inspiring, and Hannity was bending over backwards to give her every opportunity to wow us.

Pelosi is an idiot, which is why you don’t see much of her in the press. And I think the GOP should mock her every chance they can get. But the fact is, Pelosi isn’t running for VP – Palin is. So Palin is getting the attention, and I’m increasingly getting concerned she isn’t ready for prime time. If that’s true, shame on the McCain campaign for putting her in this position.

Outlander on September 29, 2008 at 8:50 AM

I moved to Delaware in January of ’07.

What they didn’t show on the CNN clip about the Indian River inlet bridge was the two aproaches that have been sitting there since before I moved here.

It’s been a Dhimmicrat boondoggle, cussed and discussed by the locals. I don’t have the figures, but the costs have obviously soared from the original estimates.

The Delaware DOT last year came up with a list of $1,ooo,ooo,ooo (with a “B”) in (mostly unneeded) projects. Instead of telling them to live within their budget, the Dhimmicrat govenor tried to get them the money.

So enters Biden. Instead of finding an alternate to the Indain River inlet bridge, like maybe just fixing the (alleged) erosion around the admittedly safe existing bridge they insist in going ahead with the project.

Now this benefits local business people and the local economy. But it, according to this news story, is going to be done with national, i. e. your, money.

When I first started watching this clip, I thought, “This isn’t the CNN I thought I knew.” But with some disengenuous canera work by not showing the two approaches to nowhere, I realized it’s same-o same-o.

davidk on September 29, 2008 at 8:51 AM

That’s the good part… he hasn’t spent a dime the past week;)
CapedConservative on September 29, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Oh yes he has. I saw McCain ads (I’m in northern Ohio) every night last week, including Weds. and Thurs. nights. This “suspension of his campaign” just meant he didn’t do a few campaign stops. He managed to put in an interview on CBS (which got leaked on Letterman’s show) and he also attended some function for Bill Clinton during the time he was supposed to be in “suspended” mode. It was a stunt.

Outlander on September 29, 2008 at 8:53 AM

ukgoods on September 29, 2008 at 8:29 AM

You commented while I was typing my comment.

They have repeatedly assured us that the existing bridge is safe.

Yes the currents are treacherous. But how much? Shipping, both commercial and pleasure, have used that inlet to the Indian River bay form hundreds of years.

In Florida and many other places, causways have bee build out to islands. I would have to assume that by using similar construction techniques, the supports, where the erosion has occurred, can be built up.

My wife just told me that the approaches that were built for the new bring are being removed because they had settled too much.

Now they are just throwing good money after bad.

davidk on September 29, 2008 at 9:03 AM

openly mocked

This is an Alinsky rules for radicals tactic.

The reason we are so FRUSTRATED with the Repubes (going back to Bush refusing to defend himself during the Iraq war; and now McCain giving reacharounds across the aisle) is that we need to take the freakin’ gloves off like these Obama Alinsky-ites.

I mean, it’s right there in the book. Every tactic the Dems do these days. They seem “irrational” and “un-American” to you and me, but THEY WORK.

If anyone knows a group, an anti-Alinsky group that’s not afraid to fight these tactics with like tactics, let me know.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on September 29, 2008 at 9:04 AM

So Palin is getting the attention, and I’m increasingly getting concerned she isn’t ready for prime time. If that’s true, shame on the McCain campaign for putting her in this position.

Outlander on September 29, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Palin is at least as ready as the Governor of Arkansas was in 1992.

If you believe Palin was a bad choice, it is really a judgement on McCain’s candidacy. McCain is the one who selected her, and the selection of a running mate is the first presidential decision a candidate makes. What you are doing is sounding the death knell for the McCain campaign. But of course you know that already.

jay12 on September 29, 2008 at 9:12 AM

drugs =poor typing

davidk on September 29, 2008 at 9:12 AM

If you believe Palin was a bad choice, it is really a judgement on McCain’s candidacy. ***
jay12 on September 29, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Palin has one last opportunity to turn this around for me — the debates. Otherwise, yes, I’m forced to concede that McCain botched his VP nomination and I’m also forced to concede that it reflects poorly on his temperament and judgment. For now, let’s hope Palin rocks this debate.

Outlander on September 29, 2008 at 9:16 AM

As for Gov. Palin:

What is happening is exactly what they want to happen, throw enought crap and enough will stick that her desirability will diminish.

No, she is (was) not ready for the savagery of the national politic. But she has the fortitude and character to overcome, and with experience she may well be (and I think will be) the next Margaret Thatcher.

She needs our support and prayers.

davidk on September 29, 2008 at 9:19 AM

This ad writes itself.

Scene: Photos of giant beachfront mansions in Rehoboth, rich-looking people having cocktails around a swimming pool.

Voice: “Rehoboth Beach. Playground for the wealthy Washington, D.C. elite. When these people wanted a faster route to get to their beachfront mansions, who did they turn to? Joe Biden. He got a $13 million federal earmark to build a new bridge so his rich friends wouldn’t have to drive their Mercedes so far.

And that’s not all. Biden took millions of your tax money to pay for an opera house. And a museum. So his wealthy Washington friends would have more to do on their weekends.

Is this the change we need?

John McCain says NO. McCain has sought NO federal earmarks in 26 years. No to taking your tax dollars to pay for amusements for the rich. McCain will work just as hard as you to to protect your hard earned dollars. Rein in wasteful government spending. Stop sending $700 billion a year to foreign countries for oil. Lower gas prices. Affordable halth insurance. THAT’s the change we need.”

rockmom on September 29, 2008 at 9:29 AM

I happened to catch this over the weekend. I was flabbergasted, they actually reported on this? Although they could have run the same report Obama vs. McCain, and didn’t. Maybe that is asking to much? Anywho I see now why CNN is not considered as left as MSNBC. Didn’t CNN report as fact that Palin faked her pregnancy to cover up her daughters? Reports like thios on Biden keep them in the “middle”

Theworldisnotenough on September 29, 2008 at 10:13 AM

yeah…better months late than never

wildweasel on September 29, 2008 at 10:14 AM

NJ Beaches > Deleware Beaches < Virginia Beaches.

They should slam down McCain/Palin = 0 direct Earmarks

Obama + Biden = God Knows

Rbastid on September 29, 2008 at 10:22 AM

How much do you want to bet that John McCain will use “The Bridge to Two Nowheres” in the next debate?

McCain/Palin had better be careful here since McCain didn’t even show up to vote on the appropriations. It’s not good enough for him to say that he would’ve voted “no” on the Bridge to Nowhere had he have been in the Senate that day.

Still, Obama and Biden’s hypocrisy must be made clear to the American people.

CliffHanger on September 29, 2008 at 11:41 AM

However, I agree with other commenters that McCain should point to his overall record opposing earmarks, which is impressive and contrasts greatly with that of Obama and Biden.

CliffHanger on September 29, 2008 at 11:43 AM

I’m not sure I understand the origins of the anti-Palin sentiments in this thread. She has been viciously attacked by O!’s operatives, supporters, and the media and has weathered it with class. She did a couple of interviews, which most folks agree were not disasters, even in the versions edited by the media outlets, and she has made no major gaffes. The best her opponents can do is try to parse off the cuff remarks (such as about Pakistan) as some sign that she disagrees with McCain.

Face it, we know she disagrees with McCain on issues, including energy. That’s why many conservatives like her.

Contrast Palin’s performance with Biden’s and I think Palin wins hands down. She has delivered enthusiasm for the ticket, made inroads in voter groups where McCain was weak, and supported her nominee’s positions. Biden has made many gaffes, large and small, including contradicting Obama and the campaign on the email ad and clean coal, to name just two. The man is a buffoon. He made a patently ludicrous comment about FDR reassuring the public about the stock market crash on television, for pete’s sake. He has brought no enthusiasm for the ticket, rather he has highlighted Obama’s deficiencies.

I smell plastic grass. Palin is not a problem, she’s an asset.

Y-not on September 29, 2008 at 11:43 AM

“This is CNN.”

Are you sure?

Tzetzes on September 29, 2008 at 6:31 PM