Is Guam Going to “Tip Over?”

Monday, April 5, 2010
Posted in category CongressCritters

Representative Hank Johnson is functionally illiterate. Watch a U.S. congressman question the Navy’s Pacific Fleet Commander and remark that he’s concerned that Guam will “tip over and capsize.” It takes him 3+ minutes to repeat the same things over and over, and make a point. Then he rambles on about global warming.

And this guy graduated from law school?

And you can’t blame it on this. Thanks to Travis Holte for the link.

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8 Responses to Is Guam Going to “Tip Over?”

  1. Deb S. says:

    April 5th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    You know, I watched him speak on C-SPAN during the healthcare debate and don’t ask don’t tell debate… and I was left with the overwhelming impression he needed someone to drive him over to Betty Ford. Or, something. He was… way out there.

  2. liberranter says:

    April 5th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    It’s always refreshing to watch these criminal scumbags expose themselves as the morons they truly are.

  3. Charlie A. says:

    April 5th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I hope Rep. Hank Johnson does not go to Guam. His big brain may cause the island to tip over and capsize

  4. Jeannie Queenie says:

    April 6th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Just another instance of what you get when incompetence rules, and right now, we have beaucoup evidence surrounding this entire administration that they are in competition for the Major Idiot Award. It’s just that this time, this remark, instead of ‘tipping Guam’, has the viewer tipping over in laughter!

  5. Alex says:

    April 6th, 2010 at 5:21 am

    A lot of people in our county have the misperception that law school requires the same level of intellectual capacity that, say, a PhD in astrophysics from M.I.T. or a forensic accounting Bachelors entails. Yet I realized a long time ago from working with many lawyers that some of the dumbest people I’ve ever met or seen were able to not only get through law school but pass the bar; especially since the implementation of affirmative action and the dumbing down of the legal education system (to wit, a certain ethnic Harvard Law Review editor).

    Just shows you that any jamoke can be a lawyer (there are some good, intelligent ones out there but not many) and thus an elected official (how many actual trained professionals like biochemists, metallurgical engineers, CPAs, physicians or successful entrepreneurs are there in Congress, as opposed to law school graduates?).

    Regardless as to how one feels about the U.S. military, what’s particularly embarrassing is that the fleet commander, who is probably the holder of a science or engineering degree (as a former military guy myself, believe me the fleet commander didn’t get to be a flag officer by majoring in Keynesian Pottery Studies and Afrocentric Art Therapy as an undergraduate) and thus had to sit through the idiot harangue of his “superior.”

    To his defense, Wikipedia says that Johnson has been suffering from Hepatitis C for some time. Perhaps that disease (or its treatment) affects mental accuity. Might want to go with that excuse, Mr. Johnson. Geez, I’d rather have Hank HILL in Congress!

  6. Karen De Coster says:

    April 6th, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Alex, I addressed the hepatitis C question; see my last link in my last sentence: http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thehumancondition/archive/2010/04/02/hank-johnson-guam-and-hepatitis-c-us-rep-suffers-from-too-common-illness.aspx This takes care of that argument.

  7. Eyewitness says:

    April 6th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    That will teach him to employ a bit of hyperbole for effect. Now he’s known as a fool by the unimaginative.  

  8. Old Rebel says:

    April 13th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    He’s since come up with an explanation. It was all about ecology:

    “I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over. I was using a metaphor to say that with the addition of 8,000 Marines and their dependents – an additional 80,000 people during peak construction to the port on the tiny island with a population of 180,000 – could be a tipping point which would adversely affect the island’s fragile ecosystem and over burden its already overstressed infrastructure.

    “Having traveled to Guam last year, I saw firsthand how this beautiful – but vulnerable island – is already overburdened, and I was simply voicing my concerns that the addition of that many people could tip the
    delicate balance and do harm to Guam.”

    So you see, he didn’t make a colossal blunder. He made a metaphor. (Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink.)

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