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New McCain Palin Ad: The Original Mavericks

by @ 4:43 pm on September 8, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, John McCain, Politics, Sarah Palin

The McCain/Palin campaign has a new ad out that clearly demonstrates what the strategy from now until Election Day will be. Nowhere is George Bush mentioned. The only time the Republican Party is mentioned is as the entity that both Senator McCain and Governor Palin fought against to promote their respective reform agendas. If it works, it just might be the key to victory unless Obama can somehow convince voters that McCain/Palin is realy just Bush/Cheney, Act III:

There is, of course, one falsehood in the aid which I’ve noted before; Sarah Palin did not publicly oppose the Bridge To Nowhere until after Congress had already decided to cut off Federal funding.

Here’s what she said less than a year ago about the project:

“Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport, but the $398 million bridge is not the answer,” said Governor Palin. “Despite the work of our congressional delegation, we are about $329 million short of full funding for the bridge project, and it’s clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island,” Governor Palin added. “Much of the public’s attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here. But we need to focus on what we can do, rather than fight over what has happened.”

That doesn’t really sound like a rejection of the project to me, so much as it was an admission that the effort to get taxpayers in the rest of the country to pay for it had failed and Governor Palin was unwilling to use state funds on a bridge that would only benefit a small number of people. In other words, she didn’t say no to federal funding of the bridge, she said no the bridge after federal funding had been cut-off. That’s not fighting the “Bridge to Nowhere”, it’s admitting defeat in your efforts to get the American taxpayer to fund a road project.

But will McCain/Palin’s less-than-honest statements about the Gravina Island Bridge project really have that big of an impact on the election ?

Marc Ambinder doesn’t think so:

[T]he ad claims that Palin “stopped the Bridge to Nowhere,” which is technically true but functionally false. No blowback, though: the electorate doesn’t seem to penalize campaigns for deliberately distorting the record of their candidate and their opponent. It’s probably an artifact of twenty years’ worth of campaign advertisements and has something to do with the way consumers process news

In other words, people except politicians to lie so the fact that they do doesn’t really hurt them that much.

In the end, I doubt that this will go very far for two reasons. First of all, I can’t believe that people in Ohio are going to care all that much about a cancelled bridge project in Alaska. Second, the Democratic Party is hardly in a position to criticize Republcians over earmarks, pork, and wasteful spending.

Sarah Palin is clearly fibbing when she recounts her so-called opposition to the Bridge to Nowhere, but I don’t think it matters to anyone.

H/T: Donklephant

4 Responses to “New McCain Palin Ad: The Original Mavericks”

  1. Cindy says:

    The earmarks for Alaska did not come from Palin. She is not in DC, yet. Obama requested and thereby must own up to his earmarks. If Obama truly increased the democratic number of of voters, why is he tied with McCain? Republicans could, were encouraged by conservative talk show hosts to, and did vote for Obama just to stop Hillary. The DNC knew this and did not adjust to combat such mischief. Obama will never carry the red states he won in the primaries, even with CNN and other media being in the tank for him. MSNBC staff has even taking to fighting each other on the air. Now, neither party gets good government!

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