Losing His Mind on National TV, Sen. Ron Johnson Writes Own Political Obituary

Losing His Mind on National TV, Sen. Ron Johnson Writes Own Political Obituary


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
Contributor on The Bipartisan Press

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Republican Ron Johnson hasn’t exactly been a household name since he defeated Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) in 2010. He’s been a fairly low-profile, workaday conservative.

That all changed Sunday, when Johnson lost his mind on national television.

His paranoid meltdown came under questioning from host Chuck Todd on the NBC News program Meet The Press, about the Ukraine scandal engulfing Donald Trump.

Johnson, as a US senator, repudiated both the FBI and CIA and in what was supposed to be a substantive discussion of the scandal began to spread all sorts of debunked right-wing conspiracy theories.

“Why Fox News conspiracy propaganda stuff is popping up on here, I have no idea,” an exasperated Todd noted at one point.

In the end, the only one Johnson hurt by his bizarre appearance was Johnson.

The senator, with his off-the-rails interview, wrote his next Democratic opponent’s campaign ads for him or her. All his opponent has to do is splice Johnson’s Meet The Press appearance into several TV spots, let them speak for themselves and promise the good folks of Wisconsin to be a cooler and calmer voice in Washington DC.

I hope Johnson thinks what he had to say Sunday was worth it. The fact that he is unlikely to be invited back to Meet The Press any time soon is the least of Johnson’s problems.

I believe that he may have written his own political obituary with what was distinctly unsenatorial behavior.

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    I think you have this wrong, who lost their mind?