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.