Sarah Palin continually amazes me. You would think, as a long time political operative, she would understand that responding to well-deserved bad press will only draw more attention to it. And yet......Palin still does so, this time, she took on ABC News, or more specifically, Jake Tapper at ABC News.
Tapper is a conservative who can be counted upon to point out conservative and liberal faults, and thus is that exceedingly rare reporter, the one who struggles to report in an unbiased manner.
Palin's Back to Lovin' Her Some Earmarks
March 12, 2009 9:55 PM
Not only are earmarks a bipartisan affliction, but the double-talk and hypocrisy surrounding them are as well.
After spending sigificant time and airspace bashing the earmark process as the running mate of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin requested an unspecified number of earmarks in the omnibus spending bill, Jonathan Stein and David Corn report at Mother Jones.
One hundred earmarks worth $144 million are headed for Alaska, Taxpayers for Common Sense says. That works out to $209.71 per state resident -- more money, per capita, than any other state.
"We have drastically, drastically reduced our earmark request since I came into office," Palin told ABC News' Charles Gibson last year after he pointed out that Alaska received $231 per person in earmarks in 2008.
"The abuse of earmarks, it's un-American, it's undemocratic, and it's not going to be accepted in a McCain-Palin administration," she said. "Earmark abuse will stop."
Palin went on to call it "an embarrassment that abuse of the . . . earmark process has been accepted in Congress. And that's what John McCain has fought. And that's what I joined him in fighting."
Palin then made the egregious error of contacting ABC News to complain, and in return, she got this from Tapper(bolding is mine):
Alarmed, I asked McAllister how Palin was "literally" injured. Was she okay? Was she infirm?
"I didn't say physically injured," he wrote back. "Certainly her reputation was injured by the erroneous reporting."
In any case, the point is, Gov. Palin as a vice presidential candidate claimed that she "championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending of Congress."
And yet, she has asked for and is still asking for -- and receiving -- tens of millions of dollars in earmarks -- pork barrel spending that does not go through the normal appropriations process.
Including, you might be interested to know, moneys for alcohol bootlegging interdiction and North Pacific fisheries programs.
Her former running mate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., requests no earmarks.
That's a fiscally conservative position.
We've never hesitated to point out political mixed messages, on earmarks or other subjects, whether they come from Democrats such as President Obama (read HERE or watch HERE) or Republicans such as Gov. Palin.
We will continue to do so.
Have a great weekend, everybody.
Be sure to read the entirety of Tapper's response which details the letter received from lt. gov Bill McAllister---very amusing.
A comment posted on Huffpost:
What is so offensive about the process is the abject hypocrisy of those who piously claim no association with or opposition to earmarks but seek and/or take the money anyway.
You paying attention Sarah? You've got our attention, unfortunately, and in return we're keeping score. Sound like a good deal?
Brilliant move, Palin.
Finally, Palin on earmarks in September 2008:
PS....note to Jake --- DAMN IT! Now Palin is going to start ranting again about "bloggers sitting in their parent's basement in their pajamas". Just sayin'......
Image courtesy of The Huffington Post.