Let’s be clear: This is NOT an April Fool’s Day prank. It comes via Jim Galloway’s Political Insider column on the Atlanta Constitution-Journal Web site:
Last Thursday morning, at a House Armed Services Committee meeting, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia (D-Decatur) was questioning Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. fleet in the Pacific, about the impact of more American troops on the tiny, tiny island of Guam.
Johnson went into tortuous detail about just how tiny Guam is.
And then he said this:
“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”
See it for yourself:
Johnson’s office said the boss is simply a tremendous deadpan — and that he was using a facetious metaphor.
Johnson won his seat originally because he was running against Cynthia McKinney, a nutjob whose beginning of the end of her political career came almost your years ago to the day (on March 29, 2006), when she was involved in a confrontation with a Capitol Hill Police officer who did not recognize her as a member of congress. A fracas ensued, as did her eventual resignation from the Democratic Party and her disengagement from reality. A rusty John Deere tractor without a steering wheel could have defeated McKinney.
So Johnson didn’t have to be a rocket scientist. But will this, um, deadpan joke cost him in the next election? Probably not. The reason no viable Republican ran for this seat is because the district is largely composed of residents of Decatur, which has a very large gay population. A, the GOP would have a hard time winning the district in the first place, and B), what self-respecting Republican would want to represent a district where 35 percent of the voters are homosexual?
Of course, Mike Luckovich has a take on the issue: