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John McCain Puts Foot In Mouth

Ed Morrissey rightfully goes after Sen. John McCain for his comments that pork-barrel spending caused the I-35W bridge collapse. It’s one thing to say that money spent on pork can’t be used for better purposes, like infrastructure repair. That’s a legitimate argument. However, money had nothing to do with the I-35W bridge collapse, either a lack of it or too much of it. The problem was that when the bridge was built in the 1960s it had a critical design flaw that wasn’t identified until after the collapse.

It’s bad enough when Democrats try to politicize the collapse—it does not behoove Republicans to do the same.

UPDATE: McCain is backing away from his comment, as well he should. Earmark reform is a serious issue—it doesn’t need to be tied to an unrelated bridge collapse to be good policy.

One response to “John McCain Puts Foot In Mouth”

  1. Mark says:

    “It’s one thing to say that money spent on pork can’t be used for better purposes, like infrastructure repair.”

    Your past comments, particularly deriding Huckabee’s January call for a New Deal-style renaissance of highway investment, would lead one to believe that you think infrastructure repair in and of itself is “money spent on pork”.