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Ron Johnson’s Approval Rating at 28%

The latest Marquette Poll shows that Ron Johnson’s approval rating is at a meager 28%.  Johnson rode into office on a wave of anti-incumbent, anti-progress Tea Party voters in 2010.  He defeated three-term Senator and progressive icon Russ Feingold in a stunning upset.  Although Johnson was leading in the polls, many progressives and media figures found it hard to believe that Russ Feingold could be defeated by an unknown millionaire who denied climate change, enjoyed exploiting campaign finance reform, and wanted to repeal the only step forward in our healthcare system that this country has taken since Lyndon Johnson was president.

Since taking office, Ron Johnson has refused to exit campaign mode and actually legislate like a true statesman.  Johnson has been one of the most reliable party line votes in the Senate.  He refuses to give an inch on anything that could possibly help President Obama pass his agenda, and answers any questions with, “We need to repeal Obamacare.”  Johnson was on the radio for an interview this week, and when asked about his vote against ENDA, his answer was, “I am here to repeal Obamacare.”

Since taking office, Ron Johnson has voted against the Violence Against Women Act, Gun Control Legislation, Immigration reform, Re-opening the Government, and most recently against the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.

Not surprisingly, this partisan attitude and constant campaigning has cost Johnson a lot of political capital with the people of Wisconsin.

Johnson’s latest idea is to propose the “If You Like Your Insurance, You Can Keep It Act.”  The name alone gives way to the prospect that Johnson is not taking his job seriously.  However, once we get past this detail, we see just how ridiculous Johnson operates. This law would force insurance companies to continue offering plans that do not meet the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act, and even keep offering plans that are not profitable for the company.  Yet Johnson has been preaching against the ACA since day one of his candidacy because, “it is a government takeover of the healthcare industry and puts in way to many regulations on private corporations.”

Johnson is up for reelection in 2016.  Considering that 2016 is a presidential year, it should only take a modest candidate to defeat someone who clearly has only one vision for his position:  obstruction.  Although Johnson should be easily defeated, don’t forget that was also said about Ronald Reagan–and look how that turned out.

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7 comments to Ron Johnson’s Approval Rating at 28%

  • John Casper

    “…could be defeated by an unknown millionaire…”

    FWIW, RoJo married the daughter of a billionaire and has always lived off the family business.

    For a guy who claims an accounting background, he never mentions

    “Bank Of America Dumps $75 Trillion In Derivatives On U.S. Taxpayers With Federal Approval”

    To put $75 trillion into perspective, US GDP in 2012 was around $16.5 trillion. Conservative estimates are that we blew $6 trillion in Iraq and Afghanistan. Social Security’s trust fund is around $2.3 trillion.

    $75 trillion is just Bank of America’s exposure. No one knows exactly what the derivative exposure is. I’ve seen estimate of $700 trillion.

    As long as the welfare is for Wall Street, Sen. Sunspot’s “ok” with it.


  • rodeodance

    rojo still has some friends in WI.

    Rob Swearingen ‏@sweak1 2h

    Joined US Sen. Johnson, Sen. Tiffany & Reps. Nygren, Czaja & Mursau in Crandon this morning. Great turnout & discussion! @wisgop #GORED

    from Rhinelander, WI


  • ® Steve

    Everything Johnson predicted about Obamacare came true. It is a disaster, why would he support this failure of a president? Let’s see your blog about Baldwin not voting with party lines.


    • John Casper


      if RoJo didn’t like the “mandate,” as he claims, he’d propose legislation that would replace it with a “public option,” to BUY Medicare.

      Sen. Sunspot, however, doesn’t want to upset the health insurance oligopoly, Well Point/Blue Cross, Cigna, United,…. who depend on the “mandate” to force Americans to BUY their LOUSY coverage. That’s what locks in their profit margins.


    • Jeff Christensen

      Be easy on Steve, as he’s trying to find new folks to troll on the web. His life hasn’t been the same since Patch went away.


    • I don’t believe Obamacare is a disaster. Has the rollout of the website been a disaster? Yes, but that doesn’t mean the whole program is a disaster.

      That being said, I still believe there was a much easier way to get us to universal (or near-universal) healthcare coverage here in America.


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