This appeared in the Times of London TODAY:
[I]n a first unsettling revelation – which the McCain camp will hope does not become a pattern – the Anchorage Daily News reported yesterday that when she ran for governor Mrs Palin campaigned on a “build the bridge” platform. The newspaper, in a reference to John Kerry’s alleged “flip-flopping” in the 2004 presidential campaign, said: “Palin was for the Bridge before she was against it.”
In other words, the pork-barrel “bridge to nowhere” federal project that McCain says that Palin opposed on principle, was actually SUPPORTED by her during her run for governor—and only AFTER the bridge had gained national attention, and become a JOKE, and proved embarrassing to Republican politicians, did she REVERSE HER POSITION.
In short, she flip-flopped on the “bridge to nowhere” out of political expediency, and now McCain is trying to use her switch on the issue to portray her as a principled governor—fighting government waste!
How cynical is that?
In fact, in this interview with FOX News (below), McCain offers Palin’s opposition to “the bridge to nowhere” as the chief factor that influenced his decision to put her on the ticket with him!
In other words, if what McCain says below is true, then he placed her on his ticket for a reason that we now know is completely fallacious.
Put bluntly: McCain has selected Palin as his VP pick based on an erroneous factoid that he thinks he knows about her OR he is lying to the public, hoping we won’t notice that as a candidate she SUPPORTED the bridge: