The Bridge

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THE BRIDGE….Jeff Toobin on CNN: Sarah Palin’s speech was better than Joe Biden’s, but was also “smug, cutting, and sarcastic.” That’s better? Maybe, I guess, but does smug and cutting really sell outside the true believer base?

Also, Toobin reminded me of the speech’s worst moment: that fact that Palin repeated her lie from Friday about standing up against the Bridge to Nowhere. There have been days and days of coverage thoroughly debunking this, showing beyond doubt that she was an enthusiastic supporter of the bridge and an enthusiastic supporter of the earmark, giving up only after the earmark was rescinded and Alaska was given the same amount of money to spend on other projects. She didn’t turn down a thing. And yet she repeated the lie because she knows perfectly well that 30 million people will see the speech and only a couple million will read the fact check tomorrow. That’s some straight talk for you.

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