Because he’s smarter than the average bear!
Republicans running for election in purple, battleground Wisconsin are not going to pick fights with voters. They are not going to name-call potential voters “Deplorables” or (for that matter) RINOs. They have no urge to purge. Successful candidates (not you, Timothy Ramthun) understand elections are about addition and multiplication, not subtraction and division.
Which is why Ron Johnson is winning. That’s right, despite the antipathy of the state’s mainstream news media, Johnson is on track to win a third term in the U.S. Senate. Don’t take Blaska’s word for it. (Why start now?) When RealClearPolitics says “Republicans are favored to win the Senate,” they credit Ron Johnson.
Right now, Democrats have two realistic targets: Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. … Both … have been, on average, two points more Republican than the country as a whole in presidential elections. … it isn’t impossible for Democrats to flip one of these seats. It would just be unusual, especially with a President whose job approval sits in the 30s.
Farther out on a limb, Nate Silver at the respected FiveThirtyEight gives Ron Johnson a 72% chance of re-election with 50.7% of the vote compared to the lesser Mandela Barnes at 28% with 46.3%. All the others track at less than one percent.
Has anyone noticed? Sen. Johnson voted to certify the 2020 presidential election but he does not call for purging conspiracists who think it was stolen.
Nikki don’t lose that number!
RoJo is even raising campaign money off former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley — a frequent Trump critic. A month after the unsuccessful January 6 insurrection, CNN headlined: “Nikki Haley criticizes Trump and says he has no future in the GOP.” Last month, the former governor backed the re-election of South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, a freshman congresswoman who blamed Trump for the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Mace defeated an opponent Trump endorsed.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: disagrees with RoJo about the severity of January 6. We subscribe to the Reagan formula: My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy. We cut the senator some slack, he has to navigate the Always Trumpers. He needs all the votes he can get, including independents. Even a RINO or two.