Sen. Tammy Baldwin responds to Sen. “Tiny Johnson”s offer to mansplain the budget

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.

Tammy Baldwin“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 had previously explained that the reason President Obama won is because unintelligent Democrats aren’t very good with numbers:

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.

Via Amanda Terkel at HuffPo:

“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.

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19 Responses to “Sen. Tammy Baldwin responds to Sen. “Tiny Johnson”s offer to mansplain the budget”

  1. Butch1 says:

    Or at least it takes a mirror and he has to hold it in a funny way to see it. ;-)

  2. Butch1 says:

    Perhaps, he should take a few pointers from her instead. What an ass. He should just congratulate her and keep his mouth shut.

  3. wmforr says:

    I half expected Tammy to tell Johnson that she would be happy to arrange a meeting with President Clinton and Johnson so they could give him a primer course in Arithmetic.

  4. cole3244 says:

    johnson is just another narrow minded white bigot the gop is so fond of foisting on the american political scene, soon but not soon enough those like minded voters who elected him over a candidate like feingold will be long gone and america will be better for their demise, i probably won’t be here to see that but just the knowledge of that day coming makes me smile and sleep a little sounder.

  5. Naja pallida says:

    In theory, but they give MBAs away like candy, so who knows.

  6. However, he does seem to possess a binder full of bullshit. Make that binders!

  7. MBA? Dontcha have to, at least, start with a GED?

  8. benb says:

    Johnson is so full of himself he reeks of incompetence—the kind that comes with getting promoted to a job without direct experience or applicable education ( Tammy Baldwin didn’t mention she has a J.D.), or meaningful accomplishment (well.. he did marry the boss’s daughter…). Give this guy a mike and let him talk, and we might get a Todd Akin moment.

  9. BeccaM says:

    Casual paternalistic misogyny is an integral component of today’s mainstream Republican psyche. It simply doesn’t occur to them not to be chauvinist pigs.

    Remember when Mitt “Binders Full of Women” Romney remarked how IF women are in the workplace, he has to accept the inconvenience of flexible schedules? (Not his exact words, but absolutely what he meant.)

  10. BeccaM says:

    She’s way classier than Johnson, and her response proves it.

  11. justadood says:

    God help him when he blows his nose

  12. her response was very polite and muted

  13. Naja pallida says:

    She should have also mentioned that he failed to get his MBA. ;)

  14. Naja pallida says:

    Kübler-Ross would be completely stumped to have a method of analyzing the Republican stages of grief. All they have is denial, denial, denial, denial and denial. Absolutely no responsibility, no accountability, no introspection, nothing that one would expect a sentient being to have after taking such a hard, damaging hit to their very fundamental beliefs. It’s like watching my beagle eat his own shit, and then throw it up… but yet, any time I don’t rush in and scoop it before he can get to it, he’ll do it all over again. Not learning a thing.

  15. It’s about time women get more involved in DC. Once we saw the repugs redefining rape and writing over 400 bills detrimental to women’s reproductive health, THAT was a game changer for women. More and more women are running, winning and will work together better than “the old boys club.” Congrats to Tammy for putting this mysoginist in his place!

  16. Carl Gorney says:

    Or, if we REALLY want to get nasty…

  17. mf_roe says:

    One of the loudest messages in the election was “We are smarter than you think we are” and women were one of the loudest voices in the choir. Baldwin is wasting her time if she tries to educate Johnson, she can serve the cause far better by joining the movement to reform the filibuster rule. Take the megaphone away from the Cheerleaders of Privilege.

  18. douglas01 says:

    With all due respect, yes he does have a dick. . . he’s a dickhead

  19. A_nonymoose says:

    “Yes, it’s true. This man has no dick.”

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