Political Idiocy Week, #3

by wjw on April 13, 2010

Well okay, this happened over a week ago, but it’s still priceless. In this video Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) wonders whether the addition of 8000 troops will cause Guam to capsize. Not the USS Guam, which might make sense, but the island, which last I heard was anchored solidly to the planet.

The naval officer he is questioning stifles his hysterical laughter with admirable military discipline.

Congressman Johnson later said he was making a joke. His rambling delivery and his inability to recall words suggest he was heavily medicated. If it turns out he’s bravely fighting cancer or something, then I will duly feel sorry for making fun of him, but until then I will continue to giggle.

Dave Bishop April 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I don't think we've got any politicians quite so stupid as that, here in the UK (although I wouldn't be surprised if there were a few). Most of ours just seem to be the normal devious and disingenuous sort – plus a few 'crooks' who got caught out in the recent MPs' expenses and lobbying scandals (which you may or may not have heard of in your part of the world).
We are, of course, in the lead up to a General Election so they're busily calling each other names and making all sorts of promises that they won't be able to (or never intended to) keep. And the Conservatives, under the Old Etonian, David Cameron, will probably win (deep gloom!).

Anonymous April 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I seem to recall that he's fighting a nasty form of hepatitis.

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