I wrote earlier about GOP Tea Party Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), and how he said he was going to mansplain the budget to incoming Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
Here’s what Johnson said yesterday:
Johnson, who ousted Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold to win the state’s other Senate seat two years ago, said he spoke with [Wisconsin Democratic Senator-elect Tammy] Baldwin on the phone Wednesday and congratulated her on the win. He told the AP he looked forward to meeting with her in person soon to discuss the issues facing the country.
“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.”
Johnson attributed Obama’s win on the heels of those Republican gains in Wisconsin to an uninformed electorate who voted in this election but not in the [Scott] Walker recall.“If you aren’t properly informed, if you don’t understand the problems facing this nation, you are that much more prone to falling prey to demagoguing solutions. And the problem with demagoguing solutions is they don’t work,” Johnson said. “I am concerned about people who don’t fully understand the very ugly math we are facing in this country.”
Tammy has now responded, and since I’ve never fully understood whether the term “bitch-slap” is sexist, I won’t use it here. But it’s difficult to find another way to describe Baldwin’s delicious reply to Tiny Johnson.
“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.