Shockingly, the ultra-McCain-friendly and conservative Wall Street Journal even reported the lie today. The bridge would have cost nearly $400 million to connect an island with less than 7,500 people to an island with less than 100 people. Let's see, that's about $53,000 per resident, sounds reasonable to me. Palin only changed her mind on the ridiculous project when it came political untenable to maintain her position.
Here's what Palin said in support of the bridge in August 2006:
"We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that's so negative."
When it became clear the bridge just wasn't going to happen, she changed her tune:
"Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport, but the $398 million bridge is not the answer," she said. "Despite the work of our congressional delegation, we are about $329 million short of full funding for the bridge project, and it's clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island. Much of the public's attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here. But we need to focus on what we can do, rather than fight over what has happened."
Looks like Palin and McCain have turned into the "spinmeisters" she spurned in her speech. They are spinning her real record into a masterful web of lies and pure fiction.