Longtime readers with amazing memories may recall that around the time that the "Bridge to Nowhere" fight over the transportation bill going on, there Senator Tom Coburn put together an amendment that would have taken the funding away from Alaska and used it to rebuild New Orleans. Needless to say, it didn't pass. (Though in retrospect, it would have been AWESOME if it had. Not just because the bridges around New Orleans would have gotten rebuilt, but also the talking points against Palin it would have given us, which are already legion, but what the hell, you can never have too many.)
I was a big fan of the Coburn Amendment and even took the time to include a link where you could check and see how your senator voted on it. (It's in a footnote to that story.)
LA-Melani wrote me last night asking about this whole "Bridge to Nowhere" fuss as she didn't recall having heard about it a few years ago. In researching my explanation, I looked up what I'd written about it and followed my own old link.
Obama and Biden both voted to keep the Bridge to Nowhere rather than using the money to rebuild bridges in Louisiana. (McCain didn't vote, but then, he rarely does.*)
In fairness to the ticket I'm still planning to vote for, this amendment did fail 86-15. It was not a popular amendment at all. Also, neither of them has made cutting pork a centerpiece of their campaigns, so they are less accountable on the issue than the McCain-Palin ticket, that has.
But I still thought that needed to be said.
*MoveOn.org: If you're reading this, I'd like to request that you PLEASE do an attack ad talking about all the issues McCain talked about at the convention, but didn't bother to vote on when he had the chance. Start here, given that McCain made such a fuss about energy independence at the campaign and his vote would have been DECISIVE there. Basically, McCain killed an attempt at energy independence mearly by not showing up.
Of course Obama has missed a lot of votes, too. But McCain has missed more.