Spokesperson Natalie Ravitz explained that Boxer "looked at each project in the emergency supplemental bill on its own merits, and when she had an opportunity to, she tended to vote against funds tailored to help a private company."
Coburn spokesman John Hart happily pointed me to the Citizens Against Government Waste pig book which lists $733 million in 2006 California pork projects -- including $3.6 mil for grape research. "If Sacramento was about to be destroyed by a cataclysmic flood," Hart asked, "why was the California delegation securing funding for grape research instead of levee construction?"
Blame Bush for not vetoing a spending bill before. Blame GOP leaders for abandoning their principles and burning through tax dollars. But also, blame Boxer and DiFi -- who is spending like a drunken sailor while facing re-election -- for figuring that they'll scratch Alaska's back, so Alaska will throw scratch back.
After all, it's not their money.