Mandela v. RoJo — who won?

We’re one month out from the mid-term election!

You-know-what is starting to get real!

A few quick thoughts on Friday night’s Senate candidates’ debate between Mandela Barnes and Ron Johnson.

Mandela Barnes was a revelation. He was light on his feet, colloquial, and consistently on the attack. Ron — whom we support wholeheartedly — has a tendency to swallow his words and rush his responses. Barnes wore a blue jacket over a white shirt, no tie. RoJo was more buttoned down and — in contrast to the Democrat — generally, unsmiling. Even scowling.

RoJo is being called the Senate’s most vulnerable Republican. He is the only Republican incumbent seeking re-election in a state Biden won but recent polls show him leading. Hitting RoJo for once calling Social Security “a Ponzi scheme” was Barnes’ best haymaker. When former House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to reform Social Security, he was infamously rewarded with attack ads showing him pushing grandma in a wheelchair off a cliff. But the program itself is headed for a cliff. Barnes’ solution comes from the progressive playbook: make Elon Musk pay for it.

Democrats also sense vulnerability on the January 6 insurrection, which RoJo has pooh poohed, to his discredit. But Johnson Friday night 10-07-22 reminded that he voted to certify the election. He lauded Mike Pence’s role in the transition — something a few thousand Trumpite Robin Vos-bashers should take to heart.

The New York Times marvels that Barnes — as progressive a Democrat as any from the Peoples’ Republic of Madison —moved nowhere near the center, “embracing marijuana legalization, defending Black Lives Matter protesters, and proposing school funding and job creation as answers to high murder rates.” But Barnes is scrambling to walk back his cop bashing. His claim that he never wanted to abolish ICE or defund police — a baldfaced lie!

CNN reports that Barnes has in the past signaled that he backed abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and reducing police budgets.

On abortion, Johnson favors a binding referendum. Hate that idea: it all comes down to how the thing is worded. For instance, “Should abortion be legal up to the moment of birth?” That gets voted down in Massachusetts. “Should abortion be outlawed without exception?” gets voted down in, well, Kansas.

Recent polls show RoJo leading 

Did the debate move the needle? If so, which way?

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21 Responses to Mandela v. RoJo — who won?

  1. Pasco says:

    He nailed both Barnes and Evers on Kenosha. A two for one. I know I am partial but thought the many questions were asked in a way to highlight Democrat positions on the issues.

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  2. Bill Cleary says:

    Talk is cheap. Words mean a whole lot less than action, that accomplishes what it set out to accomplish. You gotta ask yourself, just what actions that Mandela Barns has taken, have been accomplished? Actions that brought a positive result to all Wisconsin citizens. As a State Representative or as our Lt. Governor? What?

    Compare his track record to Ron Johnson even for the last two years.

    Be real nice to see how the accomplishments of the last two years of both him and Tony stack up to Ron’s.


  3. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Barnes is toast no matter how slick his delivery might be compared to Ron’s. The senator’s ads are right on target; Barnes’s are laughable, especially the peanut butter and jelly one. (I ate plenty of cheap food as an undergraduate. How does that qualify me for the U.S. Senate?) And the longer that miserable POS on trial in Waukesha goes on with his courtroom antics, the dimmer things look for Barnes.

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  4. Madtownforsure says:

    Barnes ended his comments with: yes, RJ is white, so yes RJ is a racist. My opinion of course. My ears seem to here that every white person is deplorable and racist of course.


  5. old baldy says:

    Sunspots johnson may get elected, but not because of his intelligence, nor his honesty. He is, despite his denials, an insurrectionist. I won’t vote for anyone with even a hint of involvement in Jan. 6, nor should any other good Democracy loving American.

    And, for good measure, he lies about if he is on a phone call.

    And this time I agree with Colbert:

    “Most historians agree: Ron Johnson is the dumbest person ever to sit in the United States Senate,” Colbert declared on “The Late Show.” But if walker gets elected in GA that changes. Sorta like GWB being glad trump was elected.


    • Mordecai The Red says:

      Colbert, like most others who do what he does, is a late-night television minstrel that graduated from what is essentially clown school. Why anyone cares about their political musings is beyond me, but it’s laughable that many actually do.

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      “ ‘Most historians agree: Ron Johnson is the dumbest person ever to sit in the United States Senate,’ ”

      Can’t speak for the rest of you’s, but it’s great that hankdog/old baldy rears his follically-challenged AND Common Sense bereft head, here, am I right?

      Anywho, it’s not enough that he allows his overwhelming jealousy of The Gotch’s Vastly Superior Produce Production to color his…um…commentary, it appears he’s now embraced the slobberings of one the biggest Lefty d!p$#!+s (Colbert) around.

      Dumbest in the Senate?

      The current VPOTUS/Former Land of Fruit Cakes and Nut Cases Senator checked boxes which shuffled her off to bigger-n-better things…with a guy (DementiaJoKe) she (heh!) called a RAYcist…the position is WIDE OPEN.

      Not a H. Walker fan, but, heck, let’s stick with the PeachTree State.

      Warnock? Seems #MeToo doesn’t apply to despicable Lefties…which we already knew…didn’t we?

      Were the lucid (categorically excluding hankdog/old baldy) to open up the field to include HoR’s, Hank Guam_Could_Tip_Over_N_Capsize Johnson deserves mention.

      And (Heh!) Tank Abrams…still thinking she won the 2018 GA gubernatorial election? Heck…she’s so HUNGRY for higher office, she can…er…taste it…

      Ah Lefty; so MUCH crippling hypocrisy, so little time!

      The Gotch

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      At least Ron, unlike Pocahontus Warren, never tried to pass as an Indian in order to secure a position at Harvard (an institution even stupider than the person it hired).


  6. Mordecai The Red says:

    Barnes can’t hide his woke, anti-police, pro-criminal record any longer. Color me surprised that CNN actually ran this piece.


  7. Kevin Wymore says:

    I believe that Ron will win!


  8. old baldy says:

    And all historians (and those readers with even a scintilla of common sense) will agree that gootchie is perhaps the most over rated, and most insecure of those posting here. Otherwise he wouldn’t have to continually brag about his size or quantity.

    It is also laughable that anyone pays any attention to Faux News, yet they do. At least Colbert and Kimmel aren’t preaching overthrowing the elected government.


    • Mordecai The Red says:

      I don’t watch Fox News. I prefer my news local, although there are few decent options anymore—even the traditionally respectable and even-handed WSJ has genuflected to the wokesters and has been circling the drain recently. I supplement that with various independent journalists and blogs and C-SPAN. When I occasionally go to network news outlets or unfortunately-titled papers of record, I keep in mind what they’re selling and turn up the filters accordingly.

      But I’m not interested in consuming propaganda produced by leftist entertainment industry assholes with seven-plus-figure net worths and two-figure IQs who want to tell me and the rest of us who actually live in the real world how to think. Colbert, Kimmel, and their ilk are just that, are disgusting fusions of Joseph Goebbels and Don Rickles, and they’re chiefly responsible for the political stupidity of those that take them seriously.

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    • Madtownforsure says:

      Yet, jimmy and dullbert have the lowest ratings compared to Fox’ late nigh lineup. Go figure that tidbit out.

      Liked by 1 person

    • richard lesiak says:

      agree 100%


  9. It was telling that when both were invited at the end to refute any accusations that they felt were unfair, Johnson listed several while Barnes gave a non answer as he did a few other times, ignoring the question completely to rattle off a canned quip.


  10. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    “It is also laughable that anyone pays any attention to Faux News, yet they do.”

    Always wrong, but never in doubt; but that’s your Garden Variety despicable Lefty, clueless as the day is long. To wit:

    From the bedrock Conservative HuffPo: MSDNC Almost ENTIRELY DOMINATED By Opinion–PEW Study

    News Content: FoxNews 45 % MSDNC 15 %
    Opinion Content: FoxNews 55 % MSDNC 85 %.

    Wait a minute; does that mean that MSDNC has >50 % more opinion content than FoxNews, while the latter boasts a whopping three (3) times the news content of the former?

    Why yes, yes it DOES MEAN that MSDNC has >50 % more opinion content than FoxNews, while the latter boasts a whopping three (3) times the news content of the former!

    Et tu, HuffPo?

    Hmm; wondering why the clearly recalcitrant HuffPo hasn’t been summarily CANCELLED for their stridence….

    It gets worse.

    Also from HuffPo, quoting the Former Serial Sexual Predator In Chief MSDNC Has Become OUR VERSION OF FOX

    Et tu HuffPo 2.0?

    The serial rapist nearly 11 (01/18/2012) years ago: “I was just watching MSDNC, and they had a woman that used to work for me and a couple of other people on there, and they were talking about the Republican primary, […] And I was laughing. I said, ‘BOY, IT REALLY HAS BECOME OUR VERSION OF FOX.’ ” (bolds/caps/italics mine)

    The lucid (which categorically excludes slobberingly addlepated Lefties) will ask: Has it gotten better, stayed the same, or gotten worse?

    Ah Lefty; so MUCH hypocrisy, so little time!

    The Gotch


  11. old baldy says:

    Speaking of two digit IQ’s, rojo got another pants on fire rating. Not only does he lie about his phone calls, he is an avid participant in overthrowing democracy. yet he claims to be pro police, and a law and order sorta guy.


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