FIORINA: Sarah Palin as governor stood up and said, I know earmarks are corrupting. We must ask for less of them–
STEPHANOPOLOUS: But she still requested them.
FIORINA: As governor she did not. [...]
MCCASKILL: Sarah Palin has been an earmark queen in Alaska. That’s the facts.
It's nice to see the Ref's finally sarting to call the fouls, but amazingly - Fiorina was undaunted in her unending stream of lies.
The facts are that although Sarah Palin's Administration did cut some spending over her two years in office she has requested over $750 Million which was the largest per-capita earmark spending in the nation - BY FAR.
This isn't just a little white lie, that both McCain and Fiorina have been repeating. It's a Whopper!!
I know there are many that argue that we have been spending too much time on Palin, but she has been employed by the neo-cons to stand in contrast to Obama - and it's important that we point out that the comparison is completely bogus.
In her defense of Palin, Fiorina made several false claims about Obama.
Fiorina: The facts are that Sarah Palin Rejected the money for the Bridge to Nowhere [V. No, She didn't!] The facts are that Barack Obama, in his short tenure, has made more request for Earmarks, than Sarah Palin ever has.[V. Almost, but he didn't actually receive anywhere near that much] We need to ask Barack Obama if he's ever stood up against his party, has ever took [sic] a tough position...
Sometimes it's truly amazing how these people seem to buy into their own blather - but it's with this last mockingly posed question that Fiorina truly steps into the poop.
Let's just ignore the fact that Barack Obama stood up against the Iraq War - which was supported by most democrats - in the first place, and that he certainly went against the left of his party with his FISA vote, the real answer to this question is the fact that as a Rookie U.S. Senator Barack Obama took on both Harry Reid and Dick Durbin on the issue of EARMARK REFORM.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) offered an amendment today that mirrored the tougher legislation passed by House Democrats.
According to Craig Holman of Public Citizen, Reid's version, if it had been applied to earmarks as part of legislation passed last year, would have disclosed the sponsor of only approximately 500 earmarks. DeMint's amendment would have forced sponsors to be known of roughly 12,000.
But Democrats sought to block DeMint's amendment, with an effort led by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). They failed, due mostly to nine Democrats, including Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and freshmen Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jim Webb (D-VA), who crossed the aisle to vote with the Republicans, along with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT). Here's the roll call tally.
The Roll Call does not Lie, although apparently McCain, Palin, Fiorina and Leiberman do.
Obama taking the tough stand on that vote - going against his party - is very likely responsible for our even being able to track and identify all the earmarks that Sarah Palin has not just requested, but actually received including the money for the bridge to nowhere that Alaska KEPT!
The media has already realized they're being bullshitted, eventually the public will realize it too. You can't keep pissing on my shoes and calling it rain forever...
Here's more on Palin's Eamark career from CNN.