Turns out Palin didn't quite shut down the Bridge to Nowhere after all. She held on to $73 million federal dollars
for a scaled down Bridge to Nowhere. Late Update
: Extra bonus McCain Lie (tm) unearthed! Down in the aforelinked article McCain spokesman Peter Feldman says this: "The fact is that once Governor Palin was elected and had an opportunity to look closely at the project, she killed it. She fought for Congress to kill the provision, but they sent the funds anyway
. Palin fired the kill shot by not using a dime of that money on the bridge. (emphasis added
)" Feldman appears now to be saying that Palin either campaigned against the original earmark or campaigned for it to be killed after it was approved. To the best of my knowledge I have never even heard them claim this before. But keep the timeline in mind. The Bridge to Nowhere earmark was killed in 2005, a year before Palin even ran for governor. And when she ran in 2006 she ran as a strong pro-Bridge candidate
. So when exactly is Feldman claiming she campaigned against the bridge earmark? When she was Mayor of Wasilla?