I'll check out that show online. By the way, Caro wrote an op-ed just
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, THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@...>
> Did anyone see the Charlie Rose show last night with Robert Caro,
Joseph Califano, and Doris Kearns Goodwin? I found it a fascinating
discussion on one of our more complex presidents. Despite the war, I'm
an LBJ fan, and they alluded to the fact that he resigned in an effort
to end it, feeling that he could not do that and seek re-election.
> Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:
> Palin "bridge to nowhere" line angers many Alaskans
> By Yereth Rosen Mon Sep 1, 1:50 AM ET
> ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - It garnered big applause in her first
speech as Republican John McCain's vice presidential pick, but Alaska
Gov. Sarah Palin's assertion that she rejected Congressional funds for
the so-called "bridge to nowhere" has upset many Alaskans.
> During her first speech after being named as McCain's surprise pick
as a running mate, Palin said she had told Congress "'thanks but no
thanks' on that bridge to nowhere."
> In the city Ketchikan, the planned site of the so-called "Bridge to
Nowhere," political leaders of both parties said the claim was false
and a betrayal of their community, because she had supported the
bridge and the earmark for it secured by Alaska's Congressional
delegation during her run for governor.
> The bridge, a span from the city to Gravina Island, home to only a
few dozen people, secured a $223 million earmark in 2005. The pricey
designation raised a furor and critics, including McCain, used the
bridge as an example of wasteful federal spending on politicians' pet
> When she was running for governor in 2006, Palin said she was
insulted by the term "bridge to nowhere," according to Ketchikan Mayor
Bob Weinstein, a Democrat, and Mike Elerding, a Republican who was
Palin's campaign coordinator in the southeast Alaska city.
> "People are learning that she pandered to us by saying, I'm for
this' ... and then when she found it was politically advantageous for
her nationally, abruptly she starts using the very term that she said
was insulting," Weinstein said.
> Palin's spokeswoman in Alaska was not immediately available to comment.
> National fury over the bridge caused Congress to remove the earmark
designation, but Alaska was still granted an equivalent amount of
transportation money to be used at its own discretion.
> Last year, Palin announced she was stopping state work on the
controversial project, earning her admirers from earmark critics and
budget hawks from around the nation. The move also thrust her into the
spotlight as a reform-minded newcomer.
> The state, however, never gave back any of the money that was
originally earmarked for the Gravina Island bridge, said Weinstein and
> In fact, the Palin administration has spent "tens of millions of
dollars" in federal funds to start building a road on Gravina Island
that is supposed to link up to the yet-to-be-built bridge, Weinstein said.
> "She said 'thanks but no thanks,' but they kept the money," said
Elerding about her applause line.
> Former state House Speaker Gail Phillips, a Republican who
represented the Kenai Peninsula city of Homer, is also critical about
Palin's reversal on the bridge issue.
> "You don't tell a group of Alaskans you support something and then
go to someplace else and say you oppose it," said Phillips, who
supported Palin's opponent, Democrat Tony Knowles, in the 2006
> A press release issued by the governor on September 21, 2007 said
she decided to cancel state work on the project because of rising cost
> "It's clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more
money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island," Palin said in
the news release. "Much of the public's attitude toward Alaska bridges
is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here."
> (Editing by Daisuke Wakabayashi and Sandra Maler)