Hank Johnson Proves that Anybody–Absolutely Anybody–Can become a Congressoid

It will come as a relief to the Stupid-American community that one of their own has been elected to high public office. Here is Hank, wringing his hands with heart-wrenching bathos as he asks us to imagine a world without balloons:

And here he is, burning with concern that our troop presence on Guam could cause the island to capsize:

These people actually decide what is best for you. And somebody deliberately elects them–three times.

We have the government we deserve.

  • http://prodigalnomore.wordpress.com The Ubiquitous

    FYI: He has been suffering from Hepatitis C for a good long time, which causes this issue.

  • Robert Zeh

    Here is a longer version where it’s very clear that he is being very sarcastic, very understated, and very funny. His point is that while congress can deal with minor issues like assuring the Helium supply, it can’t actually deliver what people need.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36xJ9ftHUzk
    I think this only proves that the Sarcastic-American community faces great odds in being understood.

  • Ed the Roman

    He gave no appearance of sarcasm with respect to the inadequate reserve buoyancy, metacentric height, and righting moment of Guam.

    • Bryan

      I think the point of good sarcasm is not to be totally apparent. (I haven’t watched the video nor do I plan on it but I’m just sayin’)

  • Anna Steffes

    Mark Twain said: “Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being ruled by smart people who are putting us on, or by idiots who really mean it.”

  • Bryan

    Okay, “the best laid plans” and all….I did watch the videos.

    And I’m glad I did, because I’m now more intrigued–and perhaps even a little concerned–about the responses here at Mark’s blog. It was pretty clear to me in the first video that he was being sarcastic. Then I clicked on Robert Zeh’s link and Mr. Zeh is quite right, the full video leaves no doubt whatsoever about this. I highly recommend the full video.

    The second video clip, up above here, seems “quirkier” than the first, but seems to fit in the same style of crushing, bitter sardonic soliloquy that makes the first clip so great.

    Yeah, he’s a Democrat, but I like this guy. Funniest thing I’ve seen in a while. “The Helium Security and Privatization Act”…..God help us all.

  • Silly Interloper

    Yeah, I only know this guy from these videos, and I admire this work of his. You can see he’s trying hard not to crack up a time or two.

    I have also read that he has a long standing relationship with the officer in the Guam video, and they constantly put each other on in this deadpan way.

    Anyway, until someone demonstrates he’s serious, I’ll give him the benefit of a doubt.

  • Marcus

    In the longer version of the first vid, he even says he’s being sarcastic. Pretty funny stuff. That being said, we are facing a looming Helium shortage that could affect a lot more businesses than birthday balloon sales.


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