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Tammy Baldwin Responds To Condescending GOP Senator

9:26 am - 11/10/2012

Tammy Baldwin To Ron Johnson: 'I'm Quite Confident' I Understand The Federal Budget

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D), Wisconsin's new senator-elect, is confident that she will be able to understand the federal budget without the assistance of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

In an Associated Press interview on Wednesday, Johnson said he hoped he would be able to work with Baldwin in the Senate -- as soon as he explained the "facts" of the budget to her.

"Hopefully I can sit down and lay out for her my best understanding of the federal budget because they're simply the facts," he said. "Hopefully she'll agree with what the facts are and work toward common sense solutions."

"I was a double major in college in mathematics and political science, and I served for six years on the House Budget Committee in my first six years in the House," Baldwin responded in an interview with The Huffington Post on Friday.

"And I am very confident that when proposals come before the U.S. Senate, I will be able to evaluate them as to how they benefit or harm middle-class Wisconsinites. A yardstick of 'does it create jobs,' 'does it lower the deficit' and 'does it help grow the middle class' is an important one. I'm quite confident that I have those abilities," she added.

Baldwin has served in Congress since 1999; Johnson took office in 2011.

The congresswoman said she and Johnson have spoken since the election. "And I am confident that there will be issues in Wisconsin that we can work on, because there have been already in our two years overlapping," she said.

As the Wisconsin State Journal has noted, Johnson and Baldwin "represent near opposite ends of the political spectrum," with Johnson winning his Senate seat as part of the 2010 electoral surge of Tea Party-favored conservatives.

Baldwin will be the first woman senator from the state of Wisconsin and the first openly gay person in the U.S. Senate. She defeated the state's former Republican governor, Tommy Thompson, by approximately 6 percentage points on Tuesday.

By Amanda Terkel. Posted: 11/09/2012 2:42 pm EST Updated: 11/10/2012 9:47 am EST

schexyschteve 11th-Nov-2012 04:26 am (UTC)
I like her.
layweed 11th-Nov-2012 04:27 am (UTC)
lol gtfo no one needs you to mansplain things.

Yay for Tammy Baldwin not putting up with this shit!
foxnikita 11th-Nov-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
Right. Because Republicans have a really great track record with 'facts', lately.
ericadawn16 11th-Nov-2012 04:56 am (UTC)
"Is this special Republican math to help you feel better or is it real?"
lykomancer 11th-Nov-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
This comment made my night.
layweed 11th-Nov-2012 05:17 am (UTC)
Hey, imaginary numbers are real too! But the imaginary math Republicans use...probably not so much.
teacoat 11th-Nov-2012 05:29 am (UTC)
Well, strictly speaking imaginary numbers are not real. :b
layweed 11th-Nov-2012 05:32 am (UTC)
I know!
beoweasel 11th-Nov-2012 05:19 am (UTC)
I'm only amazed that Roger Ailes didn't drag her off camera and beat her with a tire iron.
redstar826 11th-Nov-2012 05:01 am (UTC)
love her so much :)
astridmyrna 11th-Nov-2012 05:02 am (UTC)
Johnson: Let me mansplain teh maths to you.


Edited at 2012-11-11 05:03 am (UTC)
ceilidh 11th-Nov-2012 05:05 am (UTC)
bwahaha perfect.
wrestlingdog 11th-Nov-2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
/right-click, save.
ceilidh 11th-Nov-2012 05:04 am (UTC)
lolllllll. she double majored in math and political science. I think if anyone's going to do any explaining, it'll be HER. :D
romp 11th-Nov-2012 08:04 am (UTC)
bushy_brow 11th-Nov-2012 09:20 am (UTC)
Not to mention having served in Congress longer. She's seen and voted on a dozen more budgets than he has, ALREADY.
meimichan 11th-Nov-2012 05:16 am (UTC)
MY SENATOR! She is so awesome and I think her winning was one of the major highlights of election night for me.

Okay, RoJo is also my senator, but I like to forget about him as much as possible.
layweed 11th-Nov-2012 05:27 am (UTC)
At least you have one awesome Senator. I have two douchebags, John Cornyn and the newly elected Ted Cruz.

sigh, Texas.
meimichan 11th-Nov-2012 06:13 am (UTC)
I'm sorry. I've heard Cruz is pretty much batshit crazy.

It really sucked losing another awesome senator(Russ Feingold)to fucking Ron Johnson. Bleck.

If it's any consolation my entire state government is now all GOP rule again and I remember pretty vividly how THAT went almost immediately after the 2010 elections.
bushy_brow 11th-Nov-2012 06:22 am (UTC)
No "pretty much" about it, unfortunately. :-/
doverz 11th-Nov-2012 06:25 am (UTC)
I do not get you Wisconsin.
fluffydragon 11th-Nov-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
Us too. I live in NC and we just went real the fuck red. I am disappoint.
doverz 11th-Nov-2012 06:18 am (UTC)
IKR?!?! So glad to have her.
teacoat 11th-Nov-2012 05:30 am (UTC)
This is the asshole that replaced Feingold? :|
layweed 11th-Nov-2012 05:40 am (UTC)
ikr? wtf Wisconsin? You boot out Russ Feingold and elect this douchebag? Cripes, just look at his political stances!


Let's hope the election of Tammy Baldwin means Wisconsin is coming to its senses (or has, idk) and they boot this idiot out in 2016.
grimmerlove 11th-Nov-2012 06:07 am (UTC)
Child Victims Act

Johnson opposed a Wisconsin bill that would have eliminated the time limit for future child sex abuse victims to bring lawsuits and allowed an additional three years for past victims to sue.

w h a t
meimichan 11th-Nov-2012 06:16 am (UTC)

From what I remember, every other TV ad was a Ron Johnson ad(or a Scott Walker ad), and Feingold had almost none. Big tea party/GOP year as it was, and I think money(or lack thereof for the Dems) did play a role. I lived in Madison too, an area that was never going to vote for Walker or Johnson, and they still bought all the ads they could. It was ridiculous.

I REALLY hope we boot Johnson from the Senate in 2016. I live in Paul Ryan's district now, so I'm not sure who's the biggest idiot/asshole representing me between those two.
doverz 11th-Nov-2012 06:20 am (UTC)
It is so fucking weird that Wiscosin elected Ron Johnson and Scott Walker and then re-elect Obama and elect Tammy Baldwin as Senator two years later. Do not get it.
grimmerlove 11th-Nov-2012 07:20 am (UTC)
WI has gone blue for the past few presidential elections, though, if I recall correctly.

All I really want is the same-sex marriage ban to be repealed. :(
zeonchar 11th-Nov-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Man, she sounds so confident and awesome. We need more women like her in office.
crossfire 12th-Nov-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
I love her. And I'm secretly kind of jealous of Wisconsin for having such an awesome senator.
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