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Opening Arguments

Mark of the beasts

If you're keeping score, mark this one for McCain:

Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, changed his campaign schedule Wednesday to return to Washington for Senate votes Thursday morning.

The Arizona senator will be on Capitol Hill for several votes, including a measure that would ban earmarks for a year.

For all his faults, McCain is at least a deficit hawk. He has always been against earmarks and did not put his name on any last year. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama also voted for the one-year moratorium, but they are election-year converts:

Obama joined with other lawmakers last year to obtain almost $100 million worth of earmarks for Illinois. Clinton worked with others to win $342 million in pet projects for New York and Pelosi obtained $94 million for California.


tim zank
Fri, 03/14/2008 - 9:28am

The "Messiah's" pork last year included 1 million to the hospital where his wife is employed. Gosh, what a coincidence.

Fri, 03/14/2008 - 9:47pm

Todd Spivak wrote a piece for the Houston Press which outlines the boost to national politics provided to Obama by Emil Jones Jr, the Illinois Senate majority leader, who played kingmaker for Barry by putting his name on 26 bills in one year.

"So how has Obama repaid Jones?

Last June, to prove his commitment to government transparency, Obama released a comprehensive list of his earmark requests for fiscal year 2008. It comprised more than $300 million in pet projects for Illinois, including tens of millions for Jones's Senate district."