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Another One of Those Geographically-Challenged Politicians Pops Up

Might be time we start form­ing a list for these sorts of things.

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.

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