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GOP senator: profile in cowardice

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By JOHN KANELIS / johnkanelis_92@hotmail.com

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin knows the truth about the 2020 presidential election. Joe Biden has been elected president of the United States. Donald Trump has been booted out on his a**.

The Republican senator, though, just cannot say it out loud within earshot of anyone who would hear him. He cannot acknowledge that President-elect Biden is going to take office next month as the 46th president.

Johnson says he would commit “political suicide.” That’s it. He speaks to the obvious outcome and he fears some kind of push back from the GOP base that has swilled the battery acid potion that makes folks believe that Biden’s free and fair election was the product of phony voter fraud.

Best of all, Sen. Johnson wants Attorney General William Barr — who says there is no evidence of fraud in the electoral process — to prove the absence of such evidence.

Um, let’s see. How does one prove the absence of something when the burden always falls on those to prove the existence of evidence?

So, there you have it. A leading GOP minion of Donald Trump just cannot acknowledge what most of us know already … that Joe Biden is going to take the oath as the next president of the United States.

Johnson casts a profile in cowardice.

Support, yes; endorsement, no


The political media are starting to ask politicians around the country the question that’s on a lot of our minds: How can you “support” a candidate without “endorsing” him or her?

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican facing a tough fight for re-election this year, might have given us a clue.

It’s a matter of degree, Sen. Johnson told CNN.

“Well to me,” he told Dana Bash, “endorsement is a big embrace. It basically shows that I pretty well agree with an individual on almost everything,” Johnson said. “That’s not necessarily be the case with our nominee, so I’ll certainly be an independent voice where I disagree with a particular nominee. I’ll voice it, whether it’s Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or anybody else.”


It means, in effect, that Sen. Johnson is likely to vote for fellow Republican Donald J. Trump, the party’s presumed presidential nominee, but that’s it.

There won’t be any campaign appearances with him. You likely won’t see Johnson introducing Trump to cheering audiences at campaign rallies. You won’t see him in political ads extolling the virtues of his party’s presidential nominee.

There’ll be a polite handshake or two if they meet somewhere, say, in that battleground state of Wisconsin.

If you’ll pardon the metaphor, there’ll be no political equivalent of a wet kiss exchanged between these two. You get my drift?

This is the kind of tepid “support” Trump is encountering all across the nation, particularly from endangered Republicans such as Johnson, who’s trailing in polls at the moment to the man whose seat he won six years ago, former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold.

Trump has said in recent days he’s able and willing to “go it alone” as he campaigns for president.

My strong hunch is that he’d better get ready for a relatively lonely journey along the campaign trail.