Speaking of John Kerry, it seems like Sarah Palin and John McCain might be heading down the road of convoluted defenses that undermine a perceived strength. This is Sarah Palin reacting to questions about a $3.2 million earmark for studying seal DNA, despite otherwise staunch opposition to earmarks on the campaign trail, if not in her own state:
Those requests, through our research divisions and fish and game and our wildlife departments and our universities, those research requests did come through that system, but wanting it to be in the light of day, not behind closed doors, with lobbyists making deals with Congress to stick things in there under the public radar. That’s the abuse that we’re going to stop. That’s what John McCain has promised over and over for these years and that’s what I’m joining him, also, saying, you’re right, the abuse of earmarks, it’s un-American, it’s undemocratic, and it’s not going to be accepted in a McCain-Palin administration. Earmark abuse will stop.
So apparently, the problem isn’t with “government waste” per se, it’s a problem with the process through wich the “waste” is distributed. I have to say, this is largely at odds with John McCain’s assertion to veto “pork-barrel laden” bills and defame the guilty parties. I look forward to hearing explanations between good pork and bad pork for all of these during the debates.