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Rahm Emanuel and geography
Posted by: McQ on Friday, June 20, 2008

Rahm Emanuel apparently feels the need to raise his visibility today so he shot a letter to John McCain:
In a letter to McCain, Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Chicago asks McCain to "clarify" his position on drilling in the Great Lakes, which, Emanuel points out, are bordered by "Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin."

"As you are undoubtedly aware, in 2005 a bipartisan majority in Congress enacted a permanent ban on drilling for oil and gas in the Great Lakes," Emanuel wrote. "Drilling in the Great Lakes would adversely affect millions of Americans in the eight states that border these lakes, further endanger the ecological web and threaten the beauty of our shores."

He continues: "Seeing as you signed a pledge to preserve and restore the Great Lakes during your primary campaign, I hope your newfound stance on offshore drilling will not be followed by support for drilling in the Great Lakes."
Now maybe I've missed it, but I haven't heard John McCain say much of anything about drilling in the Great Lakes. Outer Continental Shelf - yes. But Great Lakes? Uh, I don't think so (that's not to say I'm not for it myself, I'm just trying to understand the purpose of Emanuel's letter).

However, it was this bit of "cleverness" by Emanuel that had me in stitches:
In an interview, Emanuel said that he listed the states that surround the Great Lakes because "I just want to help, in case geography wasn't where he got an 'A.'" He said that 30 million people get their drinking water from the Great Lakes, and said that public
opinion is firmly against drilling.
Got that? Not a peep that I know of out of John McCain about the Great Lakes. He's talked about OCS - which lies off the coast of the continental US. Yet Emanuel is joking about McCain being the one who needs the geography lesson?

I'll bet when people learn about this bit of ignorance on Emanuel's part, they'll be laughing in all 57 states.

Oh, and to Emanuel's point about "adversely affecting" millions of Americans if drilling should be allowed, somehow Canada apparently manages to drill of its Great Lake shores without adversely affecting anyone.
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"I’ll bet when people learn about this bit of ignorance on Emanuel’s part, they’ll be laughing in all 57 states."
An appalling number of them can’t even find the United States on a world map.

I think you’d lose your bet.
Written By: Billy Beck
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He probably overhead someone say there was a shelf somewhere in the Great Lakes.
Being clever, he realized that the Great Lakes were on the North American Continent.

So...that means...there is a....continental shelf.....there.....

What’s Rahmmy going to do if the Canadians drill on the lakes they own part of.

He IS aware that the lakes border on another country, right?
Written By: looker
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Maybe Miss South Carolina was talking about Rahm Emmanuel...
Written By: A fine scotch
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In other news Chuck Hagel said that he would consider running as VP if McCain chose him. If McCain picks him it would be almost as big political suicide as if he would pick Lieberman if not more.
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Its too bad for him that Canada is already drilling in the Great Lakes.

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