I just saw this headline at Politico: Even GOP says McCain must accept earmarks.
Out on the stump, John McCain gets wild applause each time he promises as president to veto every spending bill that contains an earmark.The Republicans are going to lose a lot more seats than they expect, because I'm going to work against every single one of them if they don't straighten out and fly right.
But McCain will find it almost impossible to live up to his vow, and gridlock would result if Congress refused to go along with such an executive branch power grab.
And that’s what members of McCain’s own party are saying.
“I don’t think it’s the right approach,” said Rep. Ralph Regula, an Ohio Republican who has spent three decades on the House Appropriations Committee. “I haven’t done an earmark I wouldn’t be happy to have spread all over the front pages of the paper.”
Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.), a former Appropriations Committee chairman, warns that both parties in Congress would protect their power against a no-earmark policy.