Mary McCarthy famously said of Lillian Hellman, "Every word she says is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'" I think Sarah Palin may be working to take over Hellman's legacy.

As a vice presidential candidate, Gov. Sarah Palin has railed against federal earmarks, or congressional funding for pork-barrel projects. "In our state, we reformed the abuses of earmarks," Palin recently boasted to a rally in Lancaster, Pa. "We championed earmark reform up there," she said, "to stop Congress from wasting public money on things that didn't serve the public interest."

But musty records culled from the archives of the Wasilla, Alaska, city government reveal that Palin was directly involved in soliciting millions of dollars in earmarks for Wasilla when she was mayor. And she got help from a well-connected Washington lobbyist.
Of course, if you're a Republican Vice-Presidential candidate, the ability to lie with a straight face is a feature, not a bug. Maybe that's the reason McCain cose her--forget the youth, the conservatism, the cynical (and stupid) notion that Palin's possession of ovaries would make Clinton supporters ignore all her odious policy positions. No, what Palin brings to the table is the willingness to say anything with a straight face, no matter how far out of the realm of reality it is.

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