Another One of Those Geographically-Challenged Politicians Pops Up
Secondly, you ever notice that this stuff happens mostly during debates on Immigration? (Just saying…)
While attempting to attack an amendment to the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill that would require a fence be built along Mexico’s border with the U.S. before legalization, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) made a significant geographical gaffe.
Landrieu, who represents Louisiana in the U.S. Senate, was trying to undermine the amendment Sen. John Thune (R-SD) offered. In doing so, she tried to argue Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was more qualified to talk about border issues than Thune because McCain represents Arizona.
“A smart fence, which is what Senator McCain and I want to build–since he’s from Arizona, I think he knows more about this than the Senator from South Dakota who only has a border with Canada and that is quite different,” Landrieu said.
South Dakota does not share a border with Canada. It does, however, share borders with North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa.
I know what you’re thinking? “But Kevin, didn’t you and the rest of the Ron Johnson campaign say New York wasn’t a Great Lakes State in 2010?”
No. I’m saying I knew our ad guys were wrong when I was researching the ad for back-up facts and got vetoed and over-ruled on it. Still to this day I’m shocked it took the state AP two days before they figured out the error. Frankly, since both campaigns looked like crap after that mid-July exchange of smear ads, I think everyone learned their lesson there.
There’s a difference between that and a politician playing Geography professor at a Senate hearing or during a debate in the Milwaukee Co. Board Chambers.