Ron Johnson

Right-Wingers Have Responded to Benghazi by Doing Exactly What They Warned Democrats Against Doing After 9/11
June 18, 2014

We have a complete historical record of partisan responses to 9/11 and it exposes the unseriousness of #Benghazi. 

Ron Johnson Loves France
March 25, 2011

A couple days ago, Senator Ron Johnson -- yet another in the Badger State's seemingly inexhaustible supply of ill-informed Randian fundamentalists -- wrote a ludicrously bad Wall Street Journal op-ed about how the Affordable care Act would have killed his daughter if it were in effect when she had life-saving surgery. I tried, with limited success, to capture the sheer vacuity of Johnson's argument. Now Igor Volsky piles on.

March 23, 2011

-- Jon Cohn celebrates the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. -- Aaron Carroll thoroughly dismantles Ron Johnson's WSJ op-ed. -- Newt Gingrich has some trouble picking a position on Libya.

Why Does Obama Hate Ron Johnson's Daughter?
March 23, 2011

Of all the anti-health care reform screeds to publish on the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, I am genuinely surprised that the best the Wall Street Journal op-ed page could come up with is this lame tear-jerker from Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. After telling the story of how his daughter received heart surgery, Johnson "argues": I don't even want to think what might have happened if she had been born at a time and place where government defined the limits for most insurance policies and set precedents on what would be covered.

Should Liberals Be More Grateful To Grover Norquist?
February 28, 2011

Radley Balko at Reason again leaps to the defense of the Koch brothers. The question at hand is whether liberals are irrational to regard the Kochs as right-wingers and ideological adversaries. I argued that liberals are not irrational to think this way, since the Kochs heavily support Republicans in their political giving, and even their "battle of ideas" donations have a right-leaning tilt: Gillespie's implication is that, if you're horrified by the Bush administration's civil rights record and supportive of gay marriage, the Koch brothers are for you. In fact, they're not.

Hack in Business
December 07, 2010

Dick Morris has never been afraid to test the limits of opportunism. Back in 1994, while working as a political consultant for Republican clients like Trent Lott, he was caught secretly counseling their chief nemesis, President Bill Clinton.

The Tragedy of Russ Feingold
November 01, 2010

Here are some of the phrases people have used to describe Democratic Senator Russ Feingold: “A humorless scold.” “Insolent, arrogant, aloof.” “A holier-than-thou prig.” And it’s not terribly surprising. Feingold has made a habit of annoying his colleagues, like the time in October, 2001, when he introduced a bill to freeze congressional pay and end automatic cost-of-living increases. “I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t win a Mr. Popularity contest,” Feingold told a reporter many years ago.

The Candidate
October 12, 2010

The perpetual impediment to the conservative policy agenda is that, while voters may oppose government in the abstract, they favor it in the particulars. The history of conservative politics over the last thirty years is largely the history of denying or attempting unsuccessfully to work around this fundamental problem.

A Nation Of Accountants. Or Anti-Accountants. Whatever. Vote Republican.
October 11, 2010

Per reader A.M., a really funny juxtaposition in this saturday's Wall Street Journal op-ed page. First, we have Peggy Noonan's op-ed about how the Obama administration has courted a backlash by trying to turn a mighty, manly people into a neutered nation of accountants: The coming rebellion in the voting booth is not only about the economic impact of spending, debt and deficits on America's future. It's also to some degree about the feared impact of all those things on the character of the American people.