‘In Palin’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign, she supported the building of the Gravina Island Bridge connecting to Ketchikan which was later nicknamed the “Bridge to Nowhere” due to the island’s population of 50. Palin ran on a “build-the-bridge” platform, arguing that it was essential for local prosperity, saying in August 2006: “We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge, and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative.”

After Palin became governor in 2007, the $223 million Congressional earmark for the bridge was criticized nationwide as wasteful federal spending. Congress replaced the $223 million bridge earmark with a $223 million infrastructure grant for Alaska to use in its discretion. Palin then reversed herself and canceled the bridge project but kept the $223 million federal grant for the state “because the money would otherwise have to be returned to the federal government.” Mike Elerding, Palin’s campaign coordinator in Ketchikan, says, “She said ‘thanks but no thanks,’ but they kept the money.” According to Palin’s communications director Bill McAlister, the bridge “isn’t necessarily dead”; it may still be built with “a less costly design.”‘

From Wikipedia


‘In Columbia, Mo., this week, Mr. Biden urged a paraplegic state official to stand up to be recognized. “Chuck, stand up, let the people see you,” Mr. Biden shouted to State Senator Chuck Graham, before realizing, to his horror, that Mr. Graham uses a wheelchair.

“Oh, God love ya,” Mr. Biden said. “What am I talking about?”’

From NYT

To be fair to both..

‘While running for Governor of Alaska and asked about the teaching of creationism along with evolution in public school science classes, Palin answered: “Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important, and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both”. When interviewed the next day, she stated that while open debate between the two ideas should not be prohibited if it came up in discussion, creationism did not specifically need to be part of the curriculum.’

From Wikipedia again

‘“For anybody who’s gone to Joe Biden events and watched how voters connect with him,” Mr. Wade said, “there’s a pretty big gap between the expectations of the elite media who seem to crave scripted, blow-dried drones out of central casting instead of regular folks who want to see some honesty and candor. They appreciate it that he takes the voters seriously and doesn’t take himself too seriously.”‘

From NYT again

One wonders who McCain would have picked if Obama chose Hillary Clinton instead for his running mate…

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