Wearing flip-flops in Alaska

 

Maybe not so different from all the rest after all.
She likes the earmarks, and she flip-flops on issues.

Maybe she really is John McCain’s “Soulmate”. (His words not mine.)

From Newsweek:

From early in her career, Palin got ahead by working the system as well if not better than others. She hired a Washington lobbyist and won $27 million in earmarks for tiny Wasilla. Then she worked to get big federal money for the state. Though she now says she stood up to those who wanted to build the $223 million “Bridge to Nowhere” (which actually involved two bridges), she was once a strong supporter. Responding to a questionnaire in 2006, Palin said she wanted the projects done “sooner rather than later … while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.” At the time, another prominent politician had called people living in the area of one of the proposed projects “valley trash.” That gave Palin an opening. Campaigning in the area, she used some of her trademark humor to make her pitch: “OK, you’ve got valley trash standing here in the middle of nowhere,” she declared to residents of Ketchikan. “I think we’re going to make a good team as we progress [with] that bridge.”

As Alaskan corruption scandals grew, and the Bridge to Nowhere became synonymous with out-of-control federal spending, Palin switched positions. In an astonishing pivot, she began using the rhetoric of the projects’ opponents. Now she talks as if she always opposed the funding. She used one of her stock lines in her nomination acceptance speech: “I told the Congress, ‘Thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.”

http://www.newsweek.com/id/157696/page/1

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