A most decent man is Senator Ron Johnson
Just returned from the Wisconsin Republican Convention in Wisconsin Dells today 06-26-21. Some quick thoughts:
Blown away by Sen. Ron Johnson again this fine Saturday in June. His talk was more Saturday sermon than political peroration. Urged Republicans to be better people, about not responding in kind to the vitriol and hate from the Left. (Those people are always angry!)
Described how a small gaggle of provocateurs F-bombed him at the Milwaukee Juneteenth out of hundreds who welcomed him. Told of a flight passenger who screamed into his face.
“I’m getting exhausted and depressed by all the hate, Johnson admitted. “Our mission statement should be unify and heal this nation, not by being angry or nasty like they do. Let light pierce the darkness.”
→ Makes one wonder whether he will seek a third term. Didn’t say either way Saturday in the Dells.
Put me in mind of that hateful Capital Times “editorial” calling Sen. Johnson “a sick and twisted excuse for a human being.” That is how the Left dehumanizes political adversaries. In other words: feel free to destroy the man — literally. Progressives have given up on persuasion in favor of intimidation. If you don’t agree, you are a racist.
Johnson takes on all comers. Related that a black radio host on Milwaukee’s WNOV radio asked if the senator succeed because of white privilege. He admitted that, despite working his way through school he was privileged: “I was raised by two parents of deep faith.” Republicans are making inroads in the minority community.
→ None of Biden/Pelosi’s trillion-dollar spending sprees are going to accomplish half of what reinstating responsible, two-parent families can.
RonJon talked about “the power of living a good life” and “individual, extraordinary acts of kindness.” How a member of his senate staff donated a kidney, although it wasn’t a match for another staffer who needed a kidney it helped someone else live. He talked about his involvement in the Joseph Project, which helps disadvantaged minorities acquire in-demand skills.
The party is pushing Derrick Van Orden pretty hard. He is a lanky former Navy Seal with a white beard, stage presence, and a quick wit. Emceed — and impressed — the convention. Ran a close race against Ron Kind in the La Crosse/Eau Claire Third Congressional District last November.
UW-Oshkosh professor Duke Pesta had the quote of the convention. About critical race theory:
“Ten years ago you had to go to college to learn how to hate your country. Now … it’s in the elementary schools.”
The great election snipe hunt
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced that he had appointed former WI Supreme Court Justice Mike Gableman to lead the retired lawmen looking into irregularities in the state’s election. No inside information but can’t help but think Vos is trying to stave off criticism from the Election Deniers by making a show of actually doing something.
Ex-Marine Mike Gallagher, congressman from Green Bay, is a rising star but angered some of the RITOs by criticizing the January 6 assault on the Capitol. (Imagine that!) To take some of the heat off, Ohio’s Jim Jordan is doing his Lincoln Day dinner July 8.
The Trump card
If we had to guess, probably a third of convention delegates do believe the election was stolen but even most of them just want to move on (no dot-com). Couple vendors hawking No More RINOs merchandize but no one was wearing any. The talk was about growing the party from local school and village boards on up — not Stalinist/Trumpist purges. Critical Race Theory and boys in girls locker rooms will elect many moderates and conservatives.
Speaking of#45, he appeared in a one-minute video thanking WI Republicans and whining about the outcome. Received decent but not ecstatic applause. If anyone got an ecstatic reception, it was Ron Johnson.
For lunch, sat with wives of two physicians who practice in Columbus and a physician at Marshfield Clinic who, with a lady from Clark County, firmly believe the election was stolen; also a man from Fond du Lac County who did not commit either way.
Being the provocative S.O.B. readers have come to expect, Blaska wondered aloud why Ivanka and Jared Kushner couldn’t just put the old man under a conservatorship like Britney Spears. The table laughed.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Maybe Sen. Johnson’s speech was resonating at our table.