Specifically, I’ve been hearing a load of outrage over the Senate attaching pork-barrel funding to the bailout bill, but all the outraged news commentary I’ve heard so far describes it like it was just dropped in by an unknown and unknowable cosmic source. It seems to me that, though, that each pork project was proposed by a specific legislator to benefit a specific state or area of the country, and it should be the easiest thing to describe explicitly: “Senator Soandso from SuchandSuch State sponsored the Pork-Barrel project to study the nutritional benefits of a starvation diet.” Result? People outraged by pork projects across the country contribute to Soandso’s opponent, he gets tagged Senator Pork, etc, etc.
But instead, the commenators (mostly I’ve been listening to Joe Scarborough this morning) attack the general practice while scrupulously keeping the sponsors’ names out of the news. Why is that?