Tuesday, August 24, 2021

"Our Dumb Senator" (NOW IN ITS 11TH YEAR!!!) : Ron Johnson treats his constituents like livestock

Outside of being a constant embarrassment and a fucking idiot, what has Ron Johnson accomplished in his 10+ years as a U.S. Senator?  (The show closes in 65 weeks.)

And Ron Johnson is not a virologist.
The move by the FDA came amid reports that an increasing number of people in Mississippi and Louisiana were self-medicating with ivermectin intended for livestock. 
In Wisconsin, a handful of people have called UW Health in Madison after taking the drug for COVID-19, said Nasia Safdar, the health care system's director of infection control. Most experienced gastrointestinal side effects after taking the drug, and called because they were worried.  
Jonathan Yardley, an associate professor at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said ivermectin is used to kill worms in horses and cows, but is quite powerful. The drug has caused seizures in miniature horses and dogs, 
Yardley said, adding, "I find it strange that people are unwilling to take a vaccine that has been approved (under emergency use authorization), but are willing to take a horse drug. I just can't wrap my head around that."  [emphasis added]

8/18/2021 update starts here

"I think he's going to run and I think he'll decide in the next few months," U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, said Monday before a political event in Hales Corners. 
Scott joined former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at Heritage Action's Save Our Paycheck event, a program focused on what Republicans claim is the failure of President Joe Biden's economic agenda.

8/12/2021 update, "Ron Johnson underwater in latest Marquette poll", starts here.

WisPolitics, 8/11/2021
The Oshkosh Republican, who’s yet to announce whether he’ll seek a third term in 2022, was at 35 percent favorable and 42 percent unfavorable among registered voters in Wisconsin, with 23 percent having no opinion. 
In October’s poll, Johnson was at 38 percent favorable, 36 percent unfavorable and 26 percent no opinion.

After an 11-year run of "Our Dumb Senator", it's hard to believe that nearly one-quarter of respondents have 'no opinion'.

8/3/2021 update, "Ron Johnson as the ghost of Joe McCarthy' starts here.

From SlideServe presentation, "McCarthyism Depicted in Cartoons"
“I don’t say this publicly, but are you watching what’s happening in Michigan?” Johnson told several people after the event. “.... So you think the FBI had fully infiltrated the militias in Michigan, but they don’t know squat about what was happening on January 6th or what was happening with these groups? I’d say there is way more to the story.”

7/23/2021 update, "Ron Johnson retirement line has audiences laughing their asses off", starts here.

“I want to make sure that this U.S. Senate seat is retained in Republican hands,” Johnson told conservative commentator Lisa Boothe. “You see what the media’s doing to me. I may not be the best candidate. I wouldn’t run if I don’t think I could win, if I don’t think I was the best person to be able to win.” 
He then referenced former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, who he said retired at the height of his success because “he wanted to live a life.”  [emphasis added]

7/21/2021 update, "The Cap Times gives Ron Johnson too much credit", starts here.

Retiring Guy's preferred graphic to accompany the Cap Times question.

7/18/2021 update, 'Just plain wrongheaded", starts here

Washington Post, 7/16/2021
He keeps disregarding scientists’ published findings about vaccine immunity and the clear guidance from federal health agencies and doctors. He failed to heed experts’ admonitions about his wrongheaded use of the VAERS data. His advisers have been unable to rebut, over the course of two months, the CDC’s assertion that currently “available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records, has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines.” 
We don’t know what motivates this one-man campaign of misinformation on a vital public health issue, but it’s clear this is a deliberate effort and not just a few stray comments.

7/8/2021 update, "As most of us in Wisconsin know all too well, everything that comes out of Ron Johnson's mouth is bullshit", starts here.

“I don’t know about you guys, but I think climate change is — as Lord Monckton said — bulls—-,” Johnson said, without actually speaking the second half of the expletive but mouthing it, and referring to British conservative climate change denier Lord Christopher Monckton. “By the way, it is.”

Ron Johnson and Lord Monckton deserve each other. 

6/30/2021 update starts here

Olivia Troye, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in the Trump administration, said Johnson’s pandemic hearings were troublesome. 
“I felt like (Johnson) was an echo chamber for Trump,” said Troye, a former homeland security aide to Vice President Mike Pence. “I thought to myself, ‘This is so fundamentally dangerous.’”

6/27/2021 update, "The star of the show is completely off the rails, reduced to a drooling idiot",  starts here.

Wisconsin's governor blasted the state's senior senator Friday for giving a platform to six people who claim they've had adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines instead of promoting the millions who haven't reported serious side effects and avoided sickness and death. [emphasis added]

As opposed to the 151,252,034 people fully vaccinated as of 6/24/2021.

6/20/2021 update, "The latest reviews are in, Ron Johnson still sucks", starts here.

When asked what he thought of the boos Saturday, Johnson said: “This is unusual for Wisconsin. Most people in Wisconsin say, ‘You are in our prayers; we are praying for you.’ ... But you got some people here that are just sort of nasty at some points.”
So sez a member in good standing of the Party of Nasty.

6/6/2021 update, "It still seems strange that Ron Johnson is still our U.S. senator"  starts here

“While it still seems strange that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is now required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter,” Johnson said regarding a proposal to make June 19, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., a federal holiday. “Therefore, I do not intend to object.”

He ends his objection but certainly doesn't support the measure.

Wonder if he consulted with any graduates of his Joseph Project?

6/7/2021 update starts here

Johnson, R-Oshkosh, told a Milwaukee Press Club and WisPolitics.com media panel Thursday he doesn’t feel any pressure to make a decision on running for a third term, despite former President Donald Trump already endorsing him in April, telling him to “run, Ron, run” in a statement from the former president’s Save America PAC. 
He also declined to encourage people to get COVID-19 vaccines, saying he’s concerned about the push for mass vaccination, and said Republicans have accepted that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, even as efforts continue to scrutinize the results.

6/6/2021 update, "Ron Johnson refuses to mention Moscow Mitch", starts here.

“Who's ultimately responsible for securing the Capitol? Well, that would be congressional leadership, including Speaker Pelosi,” Johnson said during a virtual Q&A hosted by the Milwaukee Press Club. “I don't trust her to select commissioners to investigate her own involvement in this thing, or her own culpability or any congressional leader’s culpability in this.”

5/29/2021 update, "Shameless Ron Johnson offers up empty promises to mother of slain Capitol police officer", starts here

Johnson repeated that he condemned the violence on Jan. 6 but said he disagreed with the value of the commission. 
"I also asked what questions regarding Jan. 6 they are seeking answers to. Although we respectfully disagreed on the added value of the proposed commission, I did commit to doing everything I could to ensure all their questions will be answered," Johnson said in a statement. 
Johnson previously falsely claimed that the riot "didn't seem like an armed insurrection." The senator has also promoted a discredited conspiracy theory that fake Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

5/23/2021 update, "RoJo goes from A to A (absurd to asinine) during interview with white supremacist Tucker Carlson", starts here.

Raw Story, 5/22/2021
Although a substantial number of Republican lawmakers have shown support for the measure, Johnson argues, "What this is all about is they're probably figuring out they can't impeach Donald Trump for a third time. So this is the only way they can keep their false narrative that they were thousands of armed insurrectionists that stormed the capital intent on overthrowing this government." 
He added, "And then by extension, they can paint with a very broad brush that the 75 million Americans that voted for Donald Trump are also potentially domestic terrorists and would be armed insurrectionists themselves if the FBI doesn't intervene soon enough. So this is all about a narrative that paints Donald Trump's supporters as threats to this nation."

5/17/2021 update, " Star throws a Marie-Antoinette-type hissy fit", starts here.

"The biggest problem businesses in Wisconsin face now is finding people willing to turn down government subsidies and go back to work," U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Oshkosh said in a statement.
It goes beyond what this simpleton thinks.

(Many with underlying conditions)

4/25/2021 update starts here

"I mean having the disease, I’ve always felt, was better than a vaccine because you’ve actually had the disease. You’ve developed the antibodies, you ought to have some pretty good immunity. Why would you be pushing people that have already had the disease, why would you push the vaccine on them?"  [emphasis added]
RoJo thinks he's smarter than the experts.

And then there's this.  Tens of thousands of Americans who contracted Covid are now long haulers.

4/23/2021 update, " Foremost promoter of vaccine doubt makes headlines in Titusville, Pennsylvania", starts here.

3/22/2021 update, Star of show called "foremost amplifier of conspiracy theories and disinformation" in front page, above-the-fold New York Times article, starts here.

3/18/2020 update, "Most people hate this long-running show, poll reveals", starts here.

Not scientific, but what the hell?  It still tells us something.

3/16/2021 update, " Star of show sez no to "Our Dumb Governor" sequel", starts here.

"I have no idea who started that rumor, but if I run for anything, it's not going to be for governor," Johnson, R-Oshkosh, said in response to a question from conservative talk radio host Vicki McKenna. "So anybody considering governor, you're not going to have me entering any kind of primary for governor." 
Johnson himself floated the possibility of a run for governor back in 2019 when he was asked about it and responded "Never say never."

3/15/2021 update, "Starring the least self-aware, introspective politician in America", starts here.

"It has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with riots," Johnson said. "I completely did not anticipate that anybody could interpret what I said as racist. It's not."

3/13/2021 update, "Presents object lesson in racism", starts here

"I knew those were people who love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, so I wasn't concerned," Johnson said about the predominantly white crowd that marched to the U.S. Capitol to overturn a presidential election and triggered an assault that left five people dead, 140 police officers injured and windows smashed. 
"Now, had the tables been turned, and Joe — this is going to get me in trouble — had the tables been turned and President Trump won the election and tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa, I might have been a little concerned," Johnson said during an interview with syndicated radio show host Joe "Pags" Pagliarulo.

3/4/2021 update, "Star of show throws tantrum in playpen", starts here

Wisconsin State Journal, 3/4/2021
Johnson, R-Oshkosh, who has described the massive stimulus package as unnecessary, said he plans to force a full reading of the 700 to 800 page document, which could take 10 hours.

Stumbling over, sounding out the big words might add an hour or two to the reading.

3/3/2021 update, "Woman wishes she had spoken up more about this travesty", starts here.

She was furious as she listened to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson speak during the Senate hearing on the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, her daughter said. 
"We were watching TV and Ron Johnson was totally whitewashing and, you know, making January 6 sound like it was just a bunch of goofy people having fun. And she was just irate, so she was going off," Laurie said. "She said she wished that she had spoken up more and done more and that she wanted to be a freedom fighter, which is something I'd never heard before.

2/24/2021 update, 'Our Dumb Senator' puts on a show of depravity, starts here.

Democrat Klobuchar, chair of one of the two panels holding the hearing, derided Johnson's line of questioning, saying most of the members of the committees investigating the riot were working constructively across the aisle but called Johnson an exception to that. 
"I'm not one bit surprised that Ron Johnson has again engaged in a conspiracy theory — that's what he does," she said. 
Johnson has accused Democrats of using the Capitol riot to portray Trump supporters broadly as an ongoing threat. At Tuesday’s hearing, Johnson suggested the riot was a surprise to law enforcement officials because, “the vast majority of Trump supporters are pro-law enforcement, and the last thing they would do is violate the law.”  [emphasis added]

Yeah, just like their idol. 

2/21/2021 update, "Our Dumb Senator whitewashes history, yearns for return of Good King Trump", starts here.

Johnson’s grasp on reality has been tenuous for years, but even more so since he aligned himself lockstep with former President Donald Trump. 
Since Trump left office, two kinds of Republicans have emerged: 
Those who want to purge Trump and his cult of white supremacists and conspiracy theorists from the party and those, like Johnson, who long for the return of their would-be king.

2/15/2020 update, "The star tries to outdo Lady G in his fealty to Donald Trump", starts here.
"When you hear the word ‘armed,’ don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the questions I would have liked to ask — how many firearms were confiscated? How many shots were fired? I’m only aware of one, and I’ll defend that law enforcement officer for taking that shot, it was a tragedy, but I think there was only one," Johnson said. "If that was a planned armed insurrection, man, you had really a bunch of idiots."
Everytown, 1/21/2021
Dumb, dumber, and dumbest:  Ron Johnson rolled up into one big goofy package.  The deadly insurrection attempt at the Capitol was fueled, in part, by gun rights extremists who brought their firepower to Washington to stop the certification of the electoral college votes. At least nine people who were at or around the Capitol have already been arrested on weapons charges, including a heavily armed man in D.C. who prosecutors allege had texted his intention to “[put] a bullet” in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s head. Thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered by authorities. Rioters displayed militia patches, waved a “Come and Take It” Confederate flag with an AR-15 image, and dawned insignia of gun groups including the NRA. A review of the digital footprint of those arrested at the Capitol reveals ties to the NRA and other forms of gun rights extremism.

1/27/2021 update, "Influential backers look to extend run of play", starts here.

Top headline:  The Hill
Bottom excerpt:  Politico

Additional Politico excerpt:  
For now, much of the focus is on Johnson, whom new National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Rick Scott (R-Fla.) started trying to convince to run again in the fall of last year. 

1/20/2021 update, "Ron Johnson adds musical number, "Go to the Mirror, Boy" to long-running travesty", starts here.

'Unhinged and uninformed' is what's reflected in Ron Johnson's mirror.

The editorial board responds with 19 annotations.  Here's the 1st one.
Annotations 1. Sen. Ron Johnson took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. In our system, the states certify Electoral College votes and Congress acknowledges the victor. Senators and representatives cannot overturn the will of citizen voters by rejecting a state's electoral votes. 
As for racism: Underlying the attack on the U.S. Capitol was a “tribal fury against people targeted as scapegoats,” we wrote, a fury President Donald Trump stoked repeatedly during his time in office. Johnson showed he was a willing accomplice in this shameful politics by repeatedly failing to adequately call out Trump’s appeals to the worst prejudices in people.

1/7/2021 update, " Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board says its time to shutter "Our Dumb Senator" (NOW IN ITS 10TH YEAR!!!)", starts here.

Sen. Ron Johnson decided to vote against both baseless challenges to the states' certified votes only after our nation's Capitol was sacked as Congress gathered to perform its simple constitutional duty to recognize the Electoral College vote. But Johnson had been shilling for Trump and this moment for days, adding kindling to the megalomaniac's fire, so his last-minute switch does nothing to absolve his role in stoking this shameful day in American history.

1/5/2021 update, "'Our Dumb Senator,' takes Trump sycophancy to new lows, starts here.

Yet Johnson continues to damage our democracy and fuel public suspicion and distrust in our institutions based on his feelings and, more specifically, his fear of Trump's scorn. 
That's cowardly and dangerous.

What the hell does Trump have on RoJo?

1/2/2021 update, "Our Dumb Senator" welcomes the Laughingstock Company to the cast of his long-running play (NOW IN ITS 10TH YEAR)", starts here.

New York Times, 1/2/2021
The group is led by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and also includes Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Daines of Montana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Mike Braun of Indiana, and Senators-elect Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama. 
Together with Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri.....
12/23/2020 update, 'The plutocracy road show', starts here.

12/21/2020 update, "'Our Dumb Senator' relishes his role as Wisconsin's state embarrassment", starts here.

But in recent years, Johnson — now the de facto leader of the Wisconsin Republican Party as the only remaining statewide officeholder — has increasingly relished his role as a leading Senate contrarian and defender of President Donald Trump.   [emphasis added]
Over the past year, rather than using his position as head of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee to investigate foreign election interference or the government’s botched response to the pandemic, Johnson has aired unproven and potentially harmful COVID-19 and presidential election conspiracy theories.

12/19/2020 update starts here

Collectively, we have already failed twice.

12/17/2020 update, "A favorite of Trump sycophants everywhere", starts here.

Washington Post, 12/15/2020

Sen. Ron Johnson believes Americans have been “snookered into this mass hysteria” about the coronavirus. He continues to promote the use of hydroxychloroquine, rejecting scientific studies that found it can endanger covid-19 patients. He has said the country’s intelligence service conspired with the media to undermine President Trump
Washington Post, 12/16/2020
President Trump lost the election. He lost the recounts. He lost the vote certifications, by Republican and Democratic officials alike. He lost 59 of 60 court cases. He lost the electoral college vote. His own attorney general said “we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome.” 
But Johnson forges ahead with his fraudulent attempt to undermine the election — and the credibility of elections in the United States generally.

Dear Ron Johnson,

It's been asked before, and it's appropriate to ask again:

"You've done enough.  Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?  Have you left no sense of decency?"


Retiring Guy

Meanwhile, on Twitter....

12/14/2020 update, " gets a thumbs-down from the Wisconsin State Journal editorial board", starts here

Wisconsin State Journal, 12/13/2020

12/11/2020 update, "...garners scathing review from Francesca Hong, newly elected Wisconsin Assembly representative", starts here.

Spot on!

Wisconsin State Journal

12/9/2020 update, "Once again, Wisconsin State Journal provides front-page coverage to COVIDIOT Ron Johnson's tin-foil hat views", starts here.

Wisconsin State Journal

12/8/2020 update, "RoJo invites president of medical fringe group to testify before Senate committee", starts here.

New York Times

Wikipedia (highlights added)

The American Medical Association has 240,359 members.

12/3/2020 update, "Former GOP official Mark Becker finds this unconscionable and so should all Wisconsin voters", starts here.

Not to mention.......

11/26/2020 update, " Doctors recommend not listening to this tin foil hat sycophant", starts here.

Doctors are criticizing a hearing held this week by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, about controversial treatments for COVID-19, including hydroxychloroquine — a drug that studies have found to be ineffective and in some cases dangerous when treating the disease. 
During the hearing, Johnson pushed a baseless theory that the medical community was working to deny patients drugs such as hydroxychloroquine because they were cheaper than other treatments.

When 50.2% of voters lost their minds

11/16/2020 update, " Wisconsin State Journal trumpets latest Ron Johnson nonsense as front-page, above-the-fold news", starts here

10/24/2020 update, "'Our Dumb Senator' waves a magic wand, makes the virus go away (part 2)", starts here.


Our Dumb Senator gets away with a slap on the wrist from the pinheads at PolitiFact.  


Journal Sentinel
The death toll now stands at 1,745. The seven-day average for daily deaths is 24; one month ago, it was four. 
The quickly rising death toll is a direct result of the rise in cases weeks earlier, state health officials have said. 
Because cases have continued to surge since then, hospitalization and death numbers will only get worse in coming weeks.

10/21/2020 update starts here

10/15/2020 update, "Marquette poll snooze alarm:  After 10 years in office, Our Dumb Senator Ron Johnson remains a blank page to one-third of registered voters", starts here.

10/13/2020 update "Our Dumb Senator", now in its 10th year, starts here.

Sources:  Wisconsdin State Journal (headline)
Merriam-Webster (definition, with highlight added)

Not a death sentence for RoJo, but it has been one for 215,000 Americans.

Recommended reading:
It’s becoming known as Covid brain fog: troubling cognitive symptoms that can include memory loss, confusion, difficulty focusing, dizziness and grasping for everyday words. Increasingly, Covid survivors say brain fog is impairing their ability to work and function normally. 
“There are thousands of people who have that,” said Dr. Igor Koralnik, chief of neuro-infectious disease at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, who has already seen hundreds of survivors at a post-Covid clinic he leads. “The impact on the work force that’s affected is going to be significant.
Apparently, RoJo suffers from a general strain of brain fog.

10/3/2020 act begins here.

Sources:  The Cap Times, 10/3/2020 (headline)
Merriam-Webster (definition/synonyms)

Next slide posted on 9/15/2020

Definition from Merriam-Webster

Related posts:
Our dumb senator continues to get hammered.  (10/5/2019)
UPDATE. Our Dumb Senator -- now in its 7th year!!!  (8/16/2017)
UPDATE: Our dumb senator -- proven scientifically -- on climate change.  (8/8/2016)

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