Similar to our support for Joementum, but different in this sense: no one on the right has any big problem with Ned Lamont. It’s his supporters we find so disgusting. He’s an empty suit, but he doesn’t come across as unlikeable.

He hadn’t taken a swing at any cops, last time I checked, or accepted campaign contributions from jihadi apologists.

But then, I guess no one’s “perfect.”

Which brings us to the retort of the year:

At a community forum Thursday night in North DeKalb, the two candidates for the Fourth Congressional District again traded barbs in their efforts to secure crucial votes.

And for one of the first times publicly, Johnson took off the gloves. After McKinney accused him of being under the thumb of Republicans because of the money he has gotten from GOP-leaning donors, he struck back.

“I can accuse her of being under the control of terrorists, but I won’t” Johnson said, because of the money that her campaign has gotten from Muslim interests.

He won’t — but he sort of did, didn’t he? And later:

On the current crisis in the Middle East McKinney said that the U.S. must be an “honest broker.” She said that the United States shouldn’t be giving support and arms to Israel to fight against Lebanon, and their fighters who are “throwing rocks.”…

Johnson, who has received major support from Jewish groups and donors, said that Israel has the right to exist and to protect itself.

“They are doing more than throwing stones,” Johnson said specifically of Hezbollah, which is fighting out of Lebanon. “They are hurling missiles.”

Won’t be long before the first cartoon of Johnson in slave chains appears in the West Bank. Or the Huffington Post.

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