Sarah Palin: Pissing off the right people

Yet another fine endorsement for Governor Sarah Palin

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But she has angered two of Alaska’s leading Republicans — Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young — by refusing to support their decades-long practice of securing federal money for the state, including Young’s effort to obtain $233 million for a structure dubbed the “Bridge to Nowhere” by critics because it would have connected a small town with an island populated with 50 people. In her short time in state office, she has repeatedly thwarted Stevens’s and Young’s interests and, at times, challenged their candidates — including their children.

Stevens and Young are greedy crooks. Getting them on the other side is one of her greatest achievements. (That’s not a slam of her other achievements. It’s a marker to the fact that what defines you best are the enemies you’ve made along the way. Making the right enemies is the mark of a good person.) Update: Here’s an NYT article from early 2007, written with the assumption that the Bridge would still be built:

Long after Congress removed about $450 million in budget earmarks for two bridges in the Alaskan exurbs, the fight over whether to build them is not dead. Mocked as “bridges to nowhere” by critics who saw them as the epitome of Congressional excess, preparations for the projects have been slowly moving forward even as big questions remain over whether the bridges will be built. When Congress removed the earmarks for the bridges in 2005, it still gave the state the money, but it allowed Alaskan officials to decide how to spend it. The state reserved about $200 million for the proposed bridges, far less than the construction costs but enough to show that there was serious intent to complete the projects. Some environmental and planning work has already been done.

So, in March, 2007, the NYT was still convinced that the Bridge to Nowhere would be built. It wasn’t. The reason why it wasn’t is Governor Sarah Palin.

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