Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) spoke Monday night at a dinner for a local group in his state, the Council for Quality Growth -- and offered an interesting perspective on the politics in the home state of an honored guest, Rep. James Oberstar from Minnesota.
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"I'm here today to introduce the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Honorable James Oberstar from the great state of Minnesota," Johnson is shown saying in a video posted on the YouTube account of his Republican opponent Liz Carter. "Sometimes I think that state has a, uh, a political, uh, psychological complex. (Audience laughs.) Where they come at, not manic depressive, but something -- psychotic, maybe. (Audience laughs.) But Chairman Oberstar hails from that great state, and I think a state with the kind of affinities that are hailed on polar opposites, that means it is a great state, a state of great thinkers and people who are concerned about moving this country forward."
As a dedicated fan of Minnesota politics, I can only say: Hank Johnson gets it, too!
On the other hand, I should remind Johnson about people who live in glass houses. According to a recent poll, the frontrunner for governor of Georgia is a man who has demanded to see President Obama's birth certificate.