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Sunday, January 01, 2006

PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: More Alaska Stench on Bridge to Nowhere and Some Good Sense from Instapundit

Guess who owns 33 acres on the island that would be benefitted by construction of one of those Alaska bridges to nowhere? Guess who owns land that would be benefitted by construction of the other bridge to nowhere?

Members of the Murkowski and Young families, two of Alaska's GOP pillars, of course.

Porkbusting is going to be an even bigger issue in 2006 than it was in 2005, according to Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds, who observes that:

"Republicans need to be worried about this. The temptation will be to try to shore up their position by buying votes, but the GOP base is offended by this stuff and may be motivated to stay home. As always, the GOP's best hope lies in the Democrats doing something stupid. But that's a hope, not a strategy, notwithstanding how well it's worked in the past."

Barring something momentous happening on the terrorism front that makes domestic issues pale in significance, 2006 looks to me to be the year the GOP gets a hard lesson in why telling the truth is vastly more important than getting re-elected.