Democrats have sworn to slash earmarks to balance last year's books. President Bush has agreed to go along after more than 31,000 pet projects slipped by his veto pen in the last two years.
Now it seems that pork has lost its value to even the Congressmen who've spent years packing pork barrels to buy votes back home with taxpayer money from Washington.
The New York Times looks at how pork wound up costing two Senators and four Representatives their seats in Congress in 2006. (NYT)