How do you twist a POW's arm?

Whether or not you’re into politics and 24-hour news coverage, the chances are you’ve been inundated with the presidential race in the last few weeks.

If you’re in Alaska, I’m sure it’s been an especially wild ride (as Charlie Ess reports in the forthcoming November issue of National Fisherman). But let’s talk about something besides John McCain’s running mate.

If McCain wins (you remember him, right? The guy whose name is at the top of the ticket), he has promised to cut spending. An article in the Fairbanks, Alaska, Sunday Daily News-Miner illustrated McCain’s well-known low tolerance for earmarks.

Sen. Ted Stevens is widely known for his ability to sweep federal money into Alaska on the grounds that the state is so young it needs more help than most. But McCain’s stance on earmarks has put him at odds with the venerable senior senator. And it could put him at odds with the rest of the state (not to mention his running mate) come next year.

Gov. Palin has reduced the federal earmark requests originating from Alaska state government, but I wonder how her understanding of what’s necessary for Alaskans will butt up against McCain’s views of feeding-frenzy legislation.

But no matter where you’re from, you have to laugh at some of McCain’s pithy comments on Uncle Ted’s requests.

In 2004, he objected to $250,000 for the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

“Alaska is known for a lot of things, but being the hotbed or the birthplace of aviation is not one that I knew of, although over the years I have grown to be more and more aware of the critical needs of Alaska for federal funds for every conceivable purpose,” McCain said, as quoted in the News-Miner.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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