DIARY: Gore up the creek without a puddle

Somebody, apparently, forgot to tell Al Gore that much of the US is in the middle of a drought.

Somebody, apparently, forgot to tell Al Gore that much of the US is in the middle of a drought.

Somebody, apparently, forgot to tell Al Gore that much of the US is

in the middle of a drought.



Last month, the Veep’s planners organized a press event on the banks of

the Connecticut River in New Hampshire to either publicize environmental

issues or hype Gore’s plodding presidential campaign, depending on who

you asked. The main photo-op, which received coverage in most

newspapers, showed Gore floating merrily along in a canoe.



The problem? To make sure his canoe didn’t wind up scraping the shallow

river floor, PG&E Generating raised water levels specifically for the

event. This sent NH Republicans into a tizzy, one filing a complaint

with the Federal Election Commission and another going so far as to say

the water release constituted an illegal campaign contribution.



The Gore and PG&E camps, for their part, said the water was scheduled to

be released later that day.



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