Monday, September 08, 2008


Our Source Was the New York Times

In a campaign ad by Senator Obama, which you can see here at Instapundit, but which I can't find on YouTube, Senator Obama tries to slow the Republican momentum with what the ad calls a lie about Governor Palin and the infamous bridge to nowhere.

However, before there was reason to try to rewrite history, before Barack Obama called Sarah Palin a liar, here is what the New York Times said about this very subject:

Gov. Sarah Palin ordered state transportation officials to abandon the ''bridge to nowhere'' project that became a nationwide symbol of federal pork-barrel spending. The $398 million bridge would have connected Ketchikan, on one island in southeastern Alaska, to its airport on another nearby island.''Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport,'' Ms. Palin, a Republican, said in a news release, ''but the $398 million bridge is not the answer.'' She directed the State Transportation Department to find the most ''fiscally responsible'' alternative for access to the airport.

So who's lying now?

UPDATE: It's still too early to pay attention to the polls and we don't know what the relative voter turnouts will be anyway; so we shouldn't be too happy about the post convention (and Sarah Palin) bump, but Mike in Prague, a good guy of the left, said that the intrade market (where people actually risk actual money, their money I presume) is a better index for the future anyway. Obama is still ahead there but the trend lines have been marvelously good. Since the end of August, Obama has gone down 9 points and John McCain has gone up 8. That's a 17 point swing in 8 days. If you're an Obama supporter, all I can say is: Ouch. Let's see where it goes from there--51 to 48, right now, rounded off.


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