Wisconsin's Tea Party nitwit drones on and on about his “principled” lawsuit

The lawyers assigned by the Koch brothers to do Ron Johnson's thinking have stitched together a diaphanous coat of many colorful lies. You'll find it draped across the Sunday, August 3rd editorial section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, that rabid racket of right-wing rationalizers that once operated, with genuine journalistic integrity, as an actual newspaper.

The editorial, “Why I had to take the president to court”, with the subtitle, “And...what I'm intending to do next” may bear Johnson's byline, but, let's be honest for once. Ron, this is not the fruit of your actual scholarship. You merely pay people to do your thinking, and to stuff words in your mouth.

The hypocrisy, stupidity and arrogance of the Johnson propaganda machine is monumental, and, bowing to the conceit that this collaborative word-salad of an editorial is actually the product of Johnson's own vacuous cranium, his quack-quacking here amounts to frantic rationalizing about yet another one of his brainless blunders: attempting to sue the president.

“Well, I tried to sue him,” Johnson writes, “and discovered why the president was confident he could offer such an arrogant challenge to a supposedly coequal branch of government.”

More below the treble clef traffic jam...

Actually Ron, what you discovered was that place where magical thinking collides with the legal safeguards that prevent frivolous, petulant and infantile obstruction...  

An aide with minimal legal training could have told Johnson his lawsuit would stumble over the issue of standing, i.e., the fact (“Damn those facts! My magic land is collapsing!”) that Johnson was not injured by the ruling from the Office of Personnel Management. But for Johnson, warped and provincial ideology equal truth, while facts are pests, brushed away like flies.

The collective of hacks who comprise Johnson's brain waste countless column inches “splaining” their case. Clearly they believe quantity can pinch hit for quality, relevance and substance. In this vain attempt at putting the changeling in the crib, they are aided and abetted by the editorial “we” at the paper, who play damage control whenever state Republicans place their heads where the sun don't shine.

Gaffes, misdirections and outright lies pervade this illiterate garbage. Among the offenses: Johnson writes, “When Congress passed Obamacare, the president got the law he wanted.”

No, buffoon, when Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, (own it, you two-faced coward), no one got the law they wanted. You do recall debate, revision and compromise...? I recall mountains of obstruction, lies and payoffs to the Republicult Party from their pals in the insurance oligarchy, desperate to stall, mitigate or render toothless the much-needed, long-overdue reform of abusive insurance practices.

Did our Tea Party Senator offer anything, anything, anything remotely viable as an alternative reform, a genuine, workable move away from the status quo? Hell no. Johnson had no alternative. The “haves” didn't stoop to acknowledging there was a problem. Or, laughably, they insisted reforms could happen piecemeal at the state level. Oh, the hubris, and the gall...

But the propaganda continues: “...to date, the president has made more than 20 unilateral changes to Obamacare to fix his unworkable law.”

This lie is so sloppy, so blatant, so broad that it could only have come from a Tea Party cabal. But, please proceed, Mr. Pseudo-Senator... to tell us who drafted the law, if you don't mind tossing a spicy fact into your delusional-memory stew.

Timothy Jost, an authority on health care law at the Washington and Lee School of Law, points the way. “Legislators aren't perfect,” he says, “They don't get everything right the first time. That's the nature of the legislative process.”

PolitiFact, love it or hate it, doesn't back Johnson's claim either. Responding to an older but remarkably similar claim made by idiot Rep. Tom Graves during a Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 interview on ABCs “This Week”, the website stated, “It is also clear that Obama did not drive the majority of the changes. They emerged as Congress worked on various elements of a multi-faceted law.”

Details. Damn, fact-based details. The bane of every Tea Party rant. The Achilles Heel of every Tea Party heel...

This, America, is the same Ron Johnson who, when asked what the government could do about homeless veterans, answered, “I don't believe this election is really about details. It really isn't.”

This is the same Ron Johnson who, without irony, said "If you aren’t properly informed, if you don’t understand the problems facing this nation, you are that much more prone to falling prey to demagoguing solutions. And the problem with demagoguing solutions is they don’t work. I am concerned about people who don’t fully understand the very ugly math we are facing in this country."

Wisconsin's self-appointed David keeps looking for the rock he can sling that will take down the Obama-Goliath. But his release is faulty, the sling wraps around his neck, and the rock spirals in, knocking him even more senseless. This happens again and again and again...what was that definition of insanity?

Originally posted to Heywaitaminute on Sun Aug 03, 2014 at 10:42 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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