Sen. “$740 mil earmark” Obama: Palin’s earmarks means she’s not for change

It really is interesting to watch Sen. Obama attack Gov. Palin on an issue that he is in no position to criticize:

“Don’t be fooled,” Obama told the crowd surrounding him in a large barn. “John McCain’s party, with the help of John McCain, has been in charge” for nearly eight years.

“I know the governor of Alaska has been saying she’s change, and that’s great,” Obama said. “She’s a skillful politician. But, you know, when you’ve been taking all these earmarks when it’s convenient, and then suddenly you’re the champion anti-earmark person, that’s not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can’t just make stuff up.

Yes, words do mean something which is why his criticism loses all of its impact when you consider the following:

Senator Barack Obama on Thursday released a list of $740 million in earmarked spending requests that he had made over the last three years, and his campaign challenged Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to do the same.

The list included $1 million for a hospital where Mr. Obama’s wife works, money for several projects linked to campaign donors and support for more than 200 towns, civic institutions and universities in Illinois.

So, earmarking $740 million in pork as single-term US Senator is “change,” but a Wasilla Mayor two-year Governor of Alaska earmarking $27 million in pork, well, that’s just your typical… Washington… insider?

It’s just that much more comical watching him try to actually make the case.

UPDATE: Latest Gallup Poll shows Obama’s six point lead widdled down to a statistical tie.  In light of this new, Obama’s earmark attack on Palin seems that much more desperate.

UPDATE: As I keep reading coverage, I’m wondering where is Joe Biden in all of this?  I haven’t seen him respond even while Palin is attacking him directly.  Palin is expected to be the attack dog, so why is Obama the one addressing the lower half of the Republican ticket? Seems like a tactic designed to trap.

CORRECTION: A reader rightly points out that Mayor Palin earmarked $27 million, while Gov. Palin earmarked $453 million in two years. Even still, that’s less than Obama has requested.

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2 responses to “Sen. “$740 mil earmark” Obama: Palin’s earmarks means she’s not for change

  1. John Smith

    Hey Tool,

    Do you ever check facts before you write this stuff? Palin received $27 million in earmarks for her hometown of Wasilla before leaving her post as mayor. She requested $254 million in earmarks last year alone as governor, and claims that is half of what was requested the year before.

    Has she released a list of her earmarks like Obama has for public scrutiny? No, ok then.

  2. milo

    Wow, that’s some serious spin.

    Obama’s 740M is over three years, that’s 247M per year.

    Palin’s 453 million is over two years, that’s 226M per year.

    You really compared two numbers that aren’t over the same number of fiscal years? Really?

    You’re also ignoring population.

    Illinois has 12.8 million people, making it 19.3 dollars per person per year.

    Alaska has 700 thousand people, making it 647 dollars per person per year. That’s actually the highest amount of earmarks per person of all fifty states.

    You still don’t think Palin is the bigger pork-barrel hog here?

    Let’s look at her record as mayor. She secured 27 million during her second term of three years, for a town of less than 6 thousand people.

    That works out to $1500 per person per year.

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