Evolution of a political meme: Ron Johnson's increasing defensiveness on his lawsuit is a big political "tell" | WisCommunity

Evolution of a political meme: Ron Johnson's increasing defensiveness on his lawsuit is a big political "tell"

If the progression continues, we'll see the result below, eventually:

Richard Nixon: "I am not a crook."

Chris Christie: "I am not a bully."

Ron Johnson" "I am not clueless."

Actually, Johnson is already pleading his cluefulness, over and over in op ed newspaper columns, news interviews and public speaking events where he has tried to defend his recent filing of a lawsuit against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). He sued because he's upset Congress itself chose to arrange things so that he and other members of Congress would have to apply for Obamacare (this after Republicans dared Democrats to join in requiring that. Oops!). The Obama administration thereafter opted to retain the pre-existing employer contribution to congressional health insurance premiums, as it always has done for its employees.

So Johnson is suing the president and demanding that the contribution be dropped on the basis that it's not legal. But a favorable ruling likely would impoverish his own office staff, though not himself, since Johnson is a millionaire. Just how elitest, clueless and bulldog snarky can a politician get?

The very fact Johnson feels it necessary to defend himself so vigorously speaks volumes, especially in that some of his toughest critics on this issue are within his own Republican Party, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin among them. And read this, from a piece calling Johnson's lawsuit frivolous, at the conservative National Review web site:

Johnson and Republicans have innumerable ways of gumming up the legislative works ... . But legislative losers do not get to use the courthouse to refight their Capitol Hill defeats.

That Johnson and his advisors have deemed it necessary to spend valuable hours defending his latest quixotic attempt to de-fang Obamacare (or at least a very, very small aspect of it, which was driven by GOP political gamesmanship in the first place) is telling, indeed.

See you next election, senator. Just bear in mind that by the time this case you filed is ruled upon, you may no longer be in office.


January 14, 2014 - 8:41am