Uptight in Alaska

Ron Utt at Heritage has an illuminating piece on the Bridge to Nowhere, pointing out that even Alaskans are fed up with the bridge idea and the unflattering attention it has brought:

In response to this national humiliation, many in Alaska have vented their anger in the state’s newspapers, and the papers’ editors have also objected to the bridge on their editorial pages.

He finds that politicians in both parties think letting go of even radioactive pork is bad form:

Despite the willingness of many in Alaska to give back the bridge to pay for disaster relief, Alaska’s congressional delegation has dug in its heels, and many of the delegation’s colleagues, including all of congressional leadership, support its resistance. If Alaska loses some of its pork, they fear, so might they.

Read the whole thing.  As for the digging in Utt noted, check out testimony released yesterday afternoon by Alaska Senator Ted Stevens’ office:

"I fought for statehood as a member of the Eisenhower Administration, and I have been here now almost 37 years. This is the first time I have seen any attempt of any senator to treat my state in a way different than any other state.

It will not happen. It will not happen."

Thirty-seven years is a long time.  He should go spend some time on a beach in Maui, maybe try to unwind a bit.