An ‘inconvenient truth’ for GOP war on earmarks.

Though President Bush and congressional conservatives are seeking “to shame Democrats for failing to kill the practice of earmarking money for pet projects,” an “inconvenient truth” undermining their strategy is the fact that “Democrats last year actually approved fewer earmarks than Republicans did when they ran Congress.” Compared to the Republican-controlled Congress in 2006, “the total number of earmarks is down” by nearly 25 percent.