Why did the Republicans lose control of the House and Senate? Congressman Don Young says it's because of pork. Specifically, he says it's because the critics of pork wouldn't shut their damn traps:
Rep. Don Young, the outgoing chairman of the House Transportation Committee and Sen. Stevens's Alaskan pork-barrel sidekick, told reporters this month that he thinks [Sen. Tom] Coburn's criticisms of the Bridge to Nowhere and other infrastructure projects were one reason Republicans lost their majority. "He's been a spoiler from the get-go," said Mr. Young, who has been in Congress since 1973.