Sarah Palin appeared before the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce in September 2006 and indicated support for the bridge [B.E.'s note: Senator Ted Steven's controversial earmark to nowhere"] project. "This link is a commitment to help Ketchikan expand its access, to help this community prosper," she stated, according to the Ketchikan Daily News.
But, two years later, Senator Ted Stevens now faces a tough re-election race and better not estrange Sarah Palin, so the WashingtonPost.com reports this evening that he's covering for Palin:
"She was never really behind this," Stevens said today, reminding reporters of his impassioned defense of the project in 2005: "I defended it in the Senate. She did not support that. She did not support that."
"I don't remember her ever campaigning for it. As a matter of fact, she was very critical of it at the time. And she took the money and did not use it for the bridge, so you're wrong, as far as I'm concerned," Stevens said today.
Sarah Palin's RNC rhetoric suggested that she has taken on the likes of Ted Stevens. However, this clip from July 2008 suggests otherwise. Here she clearly states that she opposes earmarks because Obama and McCain do [19 second soundbite]:
Now take one minute to listen to Palin praise Stevens, endorsing him ("I have great respect for him") as she and Stevens review their relationship before the camera:
And finally, from "The Best Defense Is A Good Offense Dept.", we have today's headline from LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP):
-- John McCain and Sarah Palin criticized Democrat Barack Obama over the amount of money he has requested for his home state of Illinois, even though Alaska under Palin's leadership has asked Washington for 10 times more money per citizen for pet projects. [my emphasis]
This post is about integrity and honesty and a lament that they don't co-exist very well with ambition.