Silence From Ron Johnson As Polls Show Dead Heat

Two recent polls of the Senate race (including one by the historically Republican-leaning Rasmussen) are reflecting other recent numbers showing Ron Johnsons' putative lead in the Senate race shrinking back towards the margin of error. Internal polls from both the Feingold campaign and DSCC show the race a dead heat. 

Ron Johnson Tolerates Online Threats, Slurs Against Feingold

Ron Johnson Tolerates Threat Against Sen. Feingold on Facebook:

The Ron Johnson campaign has repeatedly attempted to claim the moral high ground in this contest by giving Russ, one of the most ethical and honorable members of the Senate, their own new and laughable nickname.

But if it's "dirt" they are looking for, perhaps they are better off looking at the putrid, wretched slime emanating from their own supporters and tolerated by their campaign.

When In The Course of Human Events - Over 9% Unemployment

There are bloggers at Uppity that would like to make you think the election is about sub sandwich receipts or someone's unpaid medical bills. Everyone can choose what is important to them.  I have narrowed down the issues and have chosen my top 3. Unemployment, health care and the economy. Sub sandwich receipts would not make the top 100. 

Unemployment has been over 9% for quite some time. I happen to know a number of small business people and have asked them what they need to be able to create more jobs. The answer is simple. They need business. They need people to spend money purchasing their products and services. I have read Feingold's, Johnson's, Kagen's and Ribble's web sites. I believe that Johnson and Ribble have a better understanding of what the business community needs and how to create an environment that will stimulate business for them. Based on the this issue, my vote would be for Johnson and Ribble. 

Debate Fact Check: Before Johnson was "Totally Against" Amnesty, He was For It

Johnson said in last night's debate that,

I would not favor comprehensive reform, because we tried that in the 80s and what that did was actually create an incentive for more people to come over illegally because they were granted amnesty, which, by the way, I'm totally against.

However, just in August, at a campaign stop in Baraboo, a questioner asked Johnson, "you say you first do 'one' before you do the 'other'... but, where do you stand on amnesty... amnesty after that?" And Johnson responded:

In my my mind you've got two or three categories of folks.  I mean, obviously people coming here committing crimes, you know, those guys need to be reported.  People coming here and feeding off the welfare system-- yeah.

Ron Johnson's True Position on Amnesty

Johnson's Race-to-the-Bottom Economic Plan: "Benchmark the Business Climate-Environment of America with the Rest of the World"

Shortly after Ron Johnson said that he wanted the U.S. business environment to be more like China, his campaign quickly went into their typical Monty Python Argument Sketch mode, saying  "we unequivocally reject any notion that Ron Johnson ever said or implied that communist China is better for business."

But the reality is that Johnson has said similar statements and much more directly on the campaign trail. For example, he told Steve Walters in a Wisconsin Eye interview:

I respect business, I respect the free market system.  The free market system, its a marvelous thing, its a wonderful thing:  It ensures the lowest possible price, the highest level of quality, and the highest level of customer service.  That's what it does.  It is what has allowed the U.S.

Politico Editor and Oshkosh Native: Johnson Was "Unknown" Even in Oshkosh Before He Ran For Senate

The more we know about Ron Johnson, the more we appreciate the depth and breadth of his unqualifications.

Now we learn from Jim VandeHei, editor of Politico and Oshkosh native, that Johnson's spin of being a well-known community leader isn't true:

A trim, silver-haired businessman, he was rich but unknown, even in this, his hometown, despite big donations to Lourdes High School and his thriving plastic company here.

VandeHei isn't the only prominent Oshkosh native to express this truth.  I recently spoke to a prominent Oshkosh area businessman, who is now retired, but used to be CEO of a large area company.  This person is a lifelong Republican and supporting Johnson, but said he was "absolutely shocked and disgusted by the rise out no where" of Johnson and adding, "Nobody has ever heard of the guy up here.

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