Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, a kooky favorite of the Tea Party movement, probably doesn’t even realize how condescending he sounds in offering to get together with Tammy Baldwin, his newly-elected Senate colleague and fellow Wisconsinite, so he can explain certain things to her.
“Hopefully I can sit down and lay out for her my best understanding of the federal budget because they’re simply the facts,” Johnson TOLD the Associated Press. “Hopefully she’ll agree with what the facts are and work toward common sense solutions.”
Facts? This is a guy whose acquaintanceship with facts often is non-existent. For example, he has characterized mainstream scientific theories on climate change as “lunacy.”
This is a guy who wants to deregulate almost everything, leaving matters of public health, the environment and consumer protection to the fates.
This is a guy who, while serving on the Finance Council of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, actively opposed Wisconsin legislation that would have eliminated the time limit for future victims of child sex-abuse to bring lawsuits and would have allowed an additional three years for past victims to sue. Protecting the purse of Mother Church was a higher priority to him.
Oh, yeah. Ron Johnson’s a real master of the facts. I’m sure there’s a lot Tammy Baldwin can learn from him. Although, while Baldwin will be new to the Senate, she has served in the House for 14 years, which means she has seven times more experience in Congress than Johnson, who never held public office before he got elected two years ago.
FOOTNOTE: It says HERE that Johnson doesn’t much like to do the work expected of most Senators. It is hoped that Baldwin doesn’t emulate him in that regard.