February 14, 2008

McKOSHER:

Candidates' Earmarks Worth Millions: Of Front-Runners, McCain Abstained (Paul Kane, 2/14/08, Washington Post)

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure more than $340 million worth of home-state projects in last year's spending bills, placing her among the top 10 Senate recipients of what are commonly known as earmarks, according to a new study by a nonpartisan budget watchdog group.

Working with her New York colleagues in nearly every case, Clinton supported almost four times as much spending on earmarked projects as her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), whose $91 million total placed him in the bottom quarter of senators who seek earmarks, the study showed.

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the likely GOP presidential nominee, was one of five senators to reject earmarks entirely, part of his long-standing view that such measures prompt needless spending.


You can almost hear the mea culpas from the "conservatives."

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2008 12:34 PM
Comments

For years, these same "conservatives" have said that the war and/or spending were the 2 big issues.

They get the best possible spending candidate and an excellent war one. Yet all we hear is McCain - Feingold or immigration or "McCain is mean to us".

The problem is the 2006 right wing temper tantrum didn't hurt anything. Nothing changed because George Bush was in the White Houise and Harry Reid is in the Senate.

A Dem president with a Dem House and 56 or so Dem Senators will result in plenty of change.

Temper tantrums will not be cost free this time.

Posted by: Bob at February 14, 2008 2:58 PM
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