Johnson Calls For Immediate Destruction of Mount Rushmore (Satire)

Keystone, SD -- Standing on the observation deck of Mount Rushmore, U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson, said that it was time to "get rid of career politicians" and that the four U.S. Presidents featured on Mount Rushmore was a"perfect place to start."

Johnson said that each of the Presidents, Jefferson, Washington, T. Roosevelt and Lincoln were "exactly the kind of career politicians that are ruining this country" and said that when he is elected to U.S. Senate, his first "Senatorial ordinance" would be to have Mount Rushmore faces blown-off the face of Rushmore.

"Thomas Jefferson spent 36 years in public office... Washington was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1759 at age of 27 and would spend the next 40 years active in politics...

Effort Begun to Swing Close GOP Gov Race to Mark Neumann

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With a divided Wisconsin GOP still dominated by the religious right, an effort is under way by progressives to take advantage of the lack of significant Democratic primaries [the Madison 78th assembly race being an exception] to make Mark Neumann the GOP nominee for governor.

So, look for a significant turn-out of Democratic and progressive voters casting their lot with Mark Neumann next Tuesday.

Mark Neumann has a profoundly, if earnestly held, anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic and anti-gay worldview that would make Neumann a weak general election gubernatorial candidate.

Call it what you will but a close race could very easily be swung to Neumann with a little help from his Democratic and Progressive friends.

Mark Neumann in His Own Words
Mark Neumann: The Mean Machine
Mark Neumann for Gov.

Tell Walker: Enough is enough

The crisis at Scott Walker’s County Mental Health Complex has gone on for far too long, and it’s time for some accountability from the man in charge.

He pretends otherwise, but the man in charge would be Scott Walker, the guy who wants voters to judge him on his executive abilities based on what he's done in Milwaukee County.

More info, and a petition, here.

Breaking: Klauser asks Walker to drop out

We have obtained a draft of a letter expected to be delivered to Scott Walker on Tuesday, as soon as Big Jim Klauser (pictured) learns of the Walker television spot linking Mark Neumann to Nancy Pelosi, which begins to air on Tuesday.

Klauser made it clear earlier this year that he will not support any candidate who attacks another Republican.

Here's the letter:

Dear Scott:

The last time I wrote you I stated it was time to coalesce around the Republican candidate best able to be elected governor in November 2010. While I appreciate you may have a different view, time has validated my judgment.

Earlier in 2009 when I considered your candidacy you told me that you would conduct a positive campaign with ideas that could address Wisconsin’s problems. You assured me that you would run a positive campaign; that you would adhere to Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment not to attack a fellow Republican.

Today I write to you as I am aghast at where your campaign has gone. You are violating the Reagan commandment.

Barrett: "They're measuring the drapes"

Tom Barrett, speaking at Labor Fest in Milwaukee, says the Republicans are measuring the drapes in the governor's office and ordering the stationery.

Probably packing some ham and cheese sandwiches, too.

It is preventable, as Barrett says. As is often the case, who actually turns out to vote will decide it. This will be a close race. From Politico.


Plale's denial on Social Security is the 'flat-out lie'

"My" state senator, Jeff Plale, left me a voice mail this weekend saying some special interests were "flat out lying" about him and claiming he wanted to privatize Social Security.

"I've never tried to privatize Social Security and never would," Plale (pictured) declared on his recorded autocall to voters.  Besides, he said, it's a federal program, and he has worked for programs to help seniors at the state level, where he serves.

Uh, Senator Plale, in the Internet age it's not quite as easy to get away with that sort of flat-out lie -- the one you, not some special interests, are telling.

A Capital Times story: 

Thirty people showed up at a State Capitol press conference Friday called by Economic Security 2000 to discuss having citizens individually invest part of their Social Security account. The senior citizens said they wanted to show there was opposition to the concept. State Rep. Jeff Plale, D-South Milwaukee, the state spokesman for Economic Security 2000, charged that the Social Security issue ''has gotten bogged down in demagoguery.''

In an opinion column in the Wisconsin State Journal, Plale wrote:

Is this what they call irony?

Sunday's Mark Neumann news release:

Scott Walker Launches Negative Attack Against Mark Neumann

--As Walker falters in polls, Walker launches smear attempt to compare Neumann to Nancy Pelosi

--Neumann Pledge: I will continue positive TV ads & mailers; asks Walker to do the same

Here's the kicker. If you'd like to know more about the "make nice" pledge, the contact is the former poison pen of the state Republican Party, Chris "Take No Prisoners" Lato, aka Mr. Slash and Burn. (I'm sure he will take that as a compliment.)

[Disclosure: In the days when one Repub elected called me "the roving Ayatolla of the Democratic Party," I was known to propose a few clean campaign pledges myself. I can't remember an opponent ever signing one, though, which left us free to do what had to be done.]

Johnson Continues Absurd Claim That He Never Charactorized Himself as a "Self-Made Man"

As I've repeatedly documented, Ron Johnson not only gave people the impression that he started his company from the ground-up, he actually repeatedly said that he "started" his business from the "ground-up."

Now, as it is becoming abundently clear that the person that put the "turtle on the fence post" was Johnson's billionaire father-in-law Howard Curler, Johnson, with feigned exasperation, is claiming that he never said or charactorized that he was a self-made man. 

My question is simple:  Where did nearly every member of the media and Republican officials get this false impression?

There is obviously only one person that could have given them that impression:  Ron Johnson.   To repeatedly tell how you started your plastic company from the "ground-up," without mentioning that your father-in-law was billionaire plastics titan Howard Curler is clearly a lie by omission.  Obviously to start a plastic company that had millions in physical property from day one required deep pockets and a knowledge of the plastics industry-- two things that Johnson did not have and his father-in-law did.

It's also abundently clear why he did it:  It's sounds much better to come-off as a sel


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