By The Right Scoop


Mark Levin isn’t pulling any punches but neither is Senator Ron Johnson as they both discuss fighting to repeal Obamacare and the Cruz/Lee defund strategy. And it got heated pretty quick. At one point Johnson said he didn’t come on for an inquisition.

Below is part one as they are continuing their discussion as I type. I will bring you part two as soon as it is over.

Listen:

And here’s part two and it is EPIC!

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  • proudhispanicconservative

    Ron Johnson chose the wrong guy to mess with. Got to give him credit for being the first rino to confront Levin.

    • deTocqueville1

      He has no direction in his thinking. If he bills himself as a great negotiator, I would like to be representing the other side!

      • marketcomp

        And that was very revealing for me. He doesn’t understand the tools that he has to fight with. It acts like a RINO, just not that smart.

      • proudhispanicconservative

        Right on my friend…

  • Wigglesworth

    Johnson has turned into an establishment hack. He won’t win a 2nd term.

  • Willem Boom

    Awesome!!!

  • Surry918

    He seems to be one of these guys that thinks anything he does will go unnoticed and have no effect, so his attitude switched to “why bother trying?”

  • jack_foobar

    Well, it was nice knowing him, but he’s toast. This guys playing with a nerf gun when Dem’s break out an UZI. What the hell is wrong with these people.

    YOUR PARTY & COUNTRY ARE FINISHED IF IT’S FUNDED AHOLES! DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

  • deTocqueville1

    If Johnson is an example of the new ‘conservatives’ we are done. He is confused in his thinking, repititious and seems to have no clarity in terms of overall strategic vision. He is wandering around aimlessly in the weeds. Wisconsin can do better as can New Hampshire.

    • despicablelowlifes

      And boy, he really had no good reason why he wasn’t in the chamber helping out/supporting Cruz during his 21+ hour speech. Stumbled on that one big time. He eventually came up with “because no one pays attention to senate floor speeches.” Uuuhh, I believe a whole LOT of people paid attention to CRUZ when it was happening. Hello! heh

      • Stehekin912

        The truth is that everyone pays attention to the Senate Floor speeches…they are on You-Tube and CSpan and TRS and they are part of the official record…so what you say is official. Senators who do not want to speak on the Senate Floor do not want their speech to be part of the record and “out there” for everyone to see.
        THAT is the reason he was not out on the floor supporting Statesman Senator Ted Cruz and Statesman Senator Mike Lee…because if he was he would have nowhere to hide.

        • timerunnersc

          “do not want their speech to be part of the record” That is a very good point and a very interesting one too.

      • deTocqueville1

        Exactly.

    • 1tootall

      he is NOT a conservative. He may have been, but he constantly talks over Mark, and sounds like McConnell. He has NO substance. The leadership has coopted him just they did my representative, (Barletta).

  • idtpes

    ah, I c. Don’t express your sentiments one way or another because nobody is in the chamber…keep it to yourself and go talk behind the backs of your fellow Senators – in the same party btw – and don’t let the public know where you stand. Simply put…a eunuch.

  • odin147

    Levin you are the man, great job keeping this sleepery eel honest. Memo to Mr. Johnson, there is division because you chose not to agree with Mr. Cruz and Mr. Lee.

    • timerunnersc

      Right on! one can’t learn to swing standing on dry land.

  • stage9

    I’m listening to this right now.

    The problem with “heady” people is that they’re so smart, they’re stupid.

    A soldier doesn’t just sit around talking about the best strategy to defeat the enemy, at some point he has to stop talking about it and ACTUALLY ENGAGE the enemy.

    “That strategy isn’t going to work.”

    “Well, then what’s your strategy?”

    “My strategy, Mark, is to argue that we have to have a strategy!”

    The truth is,previous to Ted Cruz bringing the filibuster to the floor, the Republicans were DOA! Anyone who’s been paying attention KNOWS THIS for a fact.

    Ted Cruz got them off their a$$’s and engaged “the enemy” as it were and they crucified him for it.

    • Rshill7

      This guy Mark was talking to sounds like he was indoctrinated in about 7 minutes flat. If i were Mark, which I would never deign to be, although I loved the way he b-slapped him around a bit, I’d have already said, “YOU SUCK! I regret endorsing you for that reason alone! You political whore!”

      Would appreciate hearing what came after this clip, when they came back after the break. Based on this alone, I think the Wisconsin voters should toss him out on his ass.

      If he spent “9 million of his own money”, it appears that he is trying to get it back by some nefarious means. Sorry asshole milquetoast, bad investment on your part and on the part of the poor suckers who voted you in, which will be the same folks who vote you out.

      • stage9

        When they returned from the break it was more interrupting by Johnson and Levin trying to get a word in edgewise. He sounded like a liberal journalist on CNN — a bunch of yelling and saying nothing.

        I appreciate his attempting to fight ObooHooCare, but again, previous to Ted Cruz taking the lead, (which is REALLY what they hate, let’s face it) they were doing NOTHING!

        • Rshill7

          Quite right.

      • timerunnersc

        I too caught the 9 mill figure, so let me tell you, if he spent 9 Mill the rest of the country and the Tea Party spent 3 times that helping him get elected. donations. That’s not counting what they spent in time,effort, meals and travel expenses out of their on pockets working nationwide helping this guy get elected.

        • Rshill7

          Sad ain’t it? Hard-earned money, flushed on a whim.

          • timerunnersc

            Yes it is sad. I’m sure tomorrow he will be getting calls from American’s across the nation angry at what they heard.

    • marketcomp

      It’s funny, sage9, he did not answer one of those questions. It’s almost circular questioning to himself. He did not even give an outline of the strategy. Perhaps, because there is not one.

      • stage9

        Well, to his credit, he DID say that he did not want to comment on the strategy on the radio for strategic reasons. I understand that. Mark acknowledged that, but still, up until this point there wasn’t a strategy, there was appeasement.

        • marketcomp

          Agreed!

        • Rshill7

          I wonder if it was code-named The Neviile Chamberlain appeasement “strategy”?

          What a vajayjay this guy is!

          We would be a thousand miles closer to victory had they hung with Cruz.

          “If we do not hang together, we will surely hang separately.”

          Hang Mr. Johnson. Your remaining years as a Senator is simply a doofus, traitor bonus!

          • stage9

            Mark made a good point, which he’s made before and that was that liberals NEVER GIVE UP! They always fight and they don’t wring their hands when they don’t have a majority. That doesn’t dissuade them. Why won’t the Republicans adopt the same strategy?

            More over-talking and gibberish….

            I wish they’d get that FIRED up on the Senate floor for God’s sake!

          • gayle318

            Johnson had stated 40 percent of the people do not realize it is the law of the land. It is quite obvious to me that he wants it to go full throttle so the pain is felt by everyone, thus everyone will be lining up to vote all Republicans in 2014. One problem, it’s too late at that point and we will remember who stood firm on defunding the nightmare.

            • Stehekin912

              The law of the land The law of the land The law of the land blah blah blah…The mantra of cowards! so what, does that mean it is engraved forever on our DNA? A law of physics, perhaps! NO! Fight, Senator! Change the stupid law.

              • PhillyCon

                Yeah, I’m sick of hearing that. Did the liberals care that DOMA was the law of the land? Or the new voting rights laws as intrepreted by the Supreme Court? Holder is suing NC.

        • Steve Angell

          Perhaps because that is the strategy. Appeasement.

          • stage9

            Yeah, really.

        • timerunnersc

          Not sure right now hes due very much credit. I’m surprised he even show up on the program to say these outlandish remarks. He had already admitted he had no plan, and since nobody’s home why it’s useless to give speeches on the floor, and said in so many words that Cruz, Lee and others were basically running a fools errand, thankfully Mr Levin corrected him on that foolish remark. So he had no strategy, so he hides behind his no-strategy. I think Mr Levin went along with Mr Johnson’s many ridiculous statements to keep from giving him the knockout punch on the air. You know the one

          ” Get Off The Phone You Big Dope”!

      • aposematic

        The R inside the beltway strategy: Cave in to all the D’s demands so they can then have a civil discourse with the D’s on what D demands they will cave on next.

  • doorsxp

    Mark is right on. If those French Republicans would have stood shoulder to shoulder with Sen. Cruz and Sen. Lee during the filibuster, and sent a message of unity to the world and to the Dems, they would have had a much stronger position. They would have had a chance to make a crystal clear message of unity instead of getting it all cluttered with the circular firing squad nonsense.

  • marketcomp

    Man, that was epic and very eye opening. Ron Johnson really thinks that he is in a business and not knowing the strategy is fine if you own the business. But in this case it’s business with a whole lot of politics and Ron Johnson obviously doesn’t understand the politics. Ron Johnson it’s called change management in business and sometimes the result isn’t always predictable. Senators Cruz and Lee always communicated that the problem would be the RINOs like you who do not believe that you fight with EVERYTHING and tools at your disposal. Senators Cruz and Lee know parliamentary rules and given that you have been in the Senate longer than they have you don’t understand parliamentary rules which explains why you never make a speech on the Senate floor to make the case against Obama care. You couldn’t even make the case when you had the two best Senators in my lifetime helping you make the case! Where were you Ron Johnson? Oh, stabbing them in the back! We know what’s up, Senator!

    • timerunnersc

      Did you notice on Marks program Senator Johnson couldn’t keep his mouth shut, not even long enough for Mark to finish his sentences. He had to keep asking the Senator to hold on for a minute almost to the point of saying right out shut the heck up?

      Run out the clock just like a good RINO or Democrat with no substance.

    • deTocqueville1

      Perfect analysis.

  • TheRoadToSerfdom

    God Bless Mark Levin. We a million more like him.

    • timerunnersc

      Amen brother!

  • Phil_GA

    I think I agree with @ewerickson’s recent RT on this posting:

    @EWErickson: RT @PruPaine: That @senronjohnson interview with @marklevinshow was a career ender.

    Yeah, pretty much it.

    If you’re disagreeing with the fundamental strategy — a la #StandWithCruz — at least plainly state what your belief is, and admit you were wrong, if you were.

    • deTocqueville1

      Johnso didn’t have a clue and hadn’t understood a thing.

  • WinMissouri

    If no one listens to anyone on the Senate floor, then why does he, McCain etc have their panties in a wad over the 21 hour Cruz speech on the floor of the Senate?

    • timerunnersc

      Sounded like something a democrat would say. When he made that comment I thought Mr Levin would jump all over it. I think he regrets that comment.

    • stage9

      McCain just likes hearing himself talk.

      My question is: WHERE THE HECK IS EVERYBODY???

      I’m at work during the day, where the HECK ARE THEY???

  • timerunnersc

    I listened to the back and forth between Mr Levin and Sen. Johnson, It was very disappointing. My impression is Mr Johnson enjoys the title and the company perks but not to be bothered with strategies to fight or break a sweat. I got the idea in the back room hes been talking to and persuaded by Mr McCain an other RINOS. Obviously a quick learner.

    • Steve Angell

      Scott Walker would probably be doing the same as Johnson. Scott is not all that Conservative. Both are far too willing to compromise with Democrats.

      • timerunnersc

        Yeah, when the time comes for Sen. Scott to cast a very serious vote we will find out as a senator just what we have in office. The Governor of SC Gov. N.Haley appointed Mr Scott. How ever Mr Scott during the last election before he was appointed he had been seen in ads supporting a local SC RINO. That’s why many in SC was very surprised Gov.Haley appointed Mr Scott. But in fairness both are Tea Party favorites.

        • Steve Angell

          The Tea Party is supposed to be broad. It was more about getting rid of Obama Care than anything else. But Johnson is failing at keeping that promise.

      • deTocqueville1

        Absolutely.

  • despicablelowlifes

    It was pretty intense, Johnson kept talking over Mark over and over again which was quite aggravating, as if Mark were his enemy, like he was battling a Democrat.
    I just hope the guy battles actual Democrats behind the scenes like that.

    • Rshill7

      It’s like he WAS a democrat, fighting a Conservative. If I were a Wisconsin voter, I’d be in all up in his face tonight!

  • gayle318

    I tried to call the show. The strategy by Johnson and others seems to be, let it go through so all can feel the pain, ex..loss of jobs, loss of healthcare, cost associated with the exchanges, make it so unbearable to all Americans, thus helping them in 2012 Elections rather than stopping the train wreck in its tracks.

    • Steve Angell

      They just had an election in Africa. The final results were announced on an app 12 hours before the election was held.

      I am not at all convinced that will not be the story of all future elections in America. Barry was registered in DC and Barrack in Chicago in 2010. Even the President voted more than once.

    • gayle318

      I meant 2014 Elections.

  • TheRoadToSerfdom

    Ron Johnson knew he was in for a beating.

  • WinMissouri

    Johnson is in lala land. Non destructive non divisive manner….guess he does not see the scorched earth methods of the Democrats. Conservatives have to play a tougher game now, we cannot afford to play nice and polite anymore.

  • Steve Angell

    Ron Johnson is schooled that this rhetoric does not pass the smell taste. His plan seems to be get a new President and a super majority in both houses. In other wards his plan is to keep Obama Care law forever.

    Classic RINO. Mark got Johnson to agree he is attacking Conservatives and that is the game for now. His directions from the Establishment. He really hates being called the Surrender Caucus will have to use that far more.

  • jack_foobar

    The second part is worse than the first. He’s breaking out an excel spreadsheet when Communists have him at gunpoint.

  • proudhispanicconservative

    “I have been fighting this by talking to the people of Wisconsin” says Ron Johnson
    Translation: I tell my people in my state that I’m fighting for them, but when it comes to crunch time I hide because that is what Rove believes is the best. What an imbecile, if I was in his state I would already start the work on replacing him for being a coward.

    • Judges718

      You just describe not only Johnson, but >90% of Congressional Republicans of both chambers.

  • exceller

    His answer that he doesn’t make speeches on the senate floor because you are talking to an empty chamber is revealing. It reveals that’s he’s an idiot.

    • stage9

      It also reveals that no one is doing their job. WHY isn’t anyone on the floor debating issues? What do we pay them for?

      • John62

        Important point. Where are these bozos? In their office watching on CSPAN?

    • keyesforpres

      I think he’s got an empty chamber…..between the ears.

  • Steve Angell

    Perhaps Johnson is now learning that this saying one thing to get elected and doing the opposite in office has a downside. He needs to stick to the Tea Party and forget his new GOP friends who will only get him fired.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      Too late for him.

  • TheRoadToSerfdom

    Has Johnson ever heard of CSPAN?

    • Rshill7

      The democrat party has. They act as if it were the tonight show, Glee, 60 Minutes, Sunday Night Football, and The Factor, combined.

      By the way Bill O’…kiss me azz. You stink and suck.

  • jack_foobar

    I know where I know this guy from. Middle management bucking for a promotion. We need fighters, and he ain’t it.

    • John62

      True. You could hear it in his voice couldn’t you?!

    • Judges718

      LOL…Yep…same guy.

  • CO2isGood

    The words disingenuous. deceptive and desperate come to mind.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      Intellectually dishonest .also come to mind

  • aposematic

    Obuma/Reid/Pelosi: We will talk after you cave and give us everything we demand… That is exactly the creep over the past 60 years that got US to this point. Stop the creep!

  • BHliberty

    Spew! I heard this interview when it was live and I was both aggravated and angry just listening to the Senator from Wisconsin. And to think the Tea Party supported him? Right out of the gate, he disrepected Levin by just babbling on! I mean, Levin didn’t ask him if he ate some tainted chicken last night for dinner! He asked him a serious question on his strategy to defund ACA. He asked him why he stabbed both senators Cruz, Lee in the back! In both cases, he scored a big zero! The idea that he made a statement on how these senators were both intellectually dishonest without describing how he plans to either defund or repeal this horrendous bill is clearly an example of why the Republicans continually lose. With all due respect, where-n-the-heck did the great state of Wisconsin get this guy?

  • PhillyCon

    Isn’t it interesting that Levin has to “school” the Senator on how to fight? Talk about clueless.

    “Oh no, we don’t have enough votes.”

  • John62

    This guy is confused. His questions were throwing out a verbal life ring!

  • John62

    How do you defund Obamacare? Hhhhhhow? IIIIIIII? Wwwwwwwhat Wwwwwho? HELP. I HAVE NOT A CLUE!

    • PhillyCon

      But, but, we don’t have enough votes! Oh no! What to do?

      • CalCoolidge

        All this Beltway-Speak about “what’s your strategy” and “what’s your end game” means that unless you can guarantee everything up to the last step, they won’t take the first step.

  • John62

    Gave him too much mic, Mark

  • Wigglesworth

    I would have liked to have seen Levin do this to Rubio when he joined the gang bangers.

    • keyesforpres

      No kidding!

  • John62

    “Then put your rifle down” senator

  • Mike Burke

    No question that The Senator has gone weak kneed. I like him and I think he
    can be salvaged but he did get squishy on this one. We’re going to need him in
    lots of fights down the road. I don’t fault Levin for hitting him pretty hard,
    but this is a family fight. Johnson is aside from this episode,has proved to be a
    reliable conservativeas has Tom Coburn who hasn’t been fully on our side on this one either…but like Johnson he’s a solid conservative. We have a right to be upset with him as we were with
    Rubio on immigration…but let’s not make him walk the plank. We need him, and
    he needs us. If you want to place some anger somewhere…..lay it at McCain’s
    doorstep. I’m disappointed in Sen. Johnson, as is Levin….and it’s healthy to
    make him aware of that, but let’s not eat our own. Eat the RINO’s

    • az

      He went to the dark side, period.

    • welltempered2

      The problem with the strategy that the WSJ, Krauthammer and other similar conservatives advocate is they are fighting the Democratic party of 50 years ago. They think by letting Obamacare fail the Democrats will say “we were wrong, let’s try the free market approach.” That will never happen. The Democrats will just want a further left approach. It will take a united confrontational take no prisoners fight. Cruz and Lee know that.

      • stage9

        Excellent points!

        • welltempered2

          Another problem with “traditional” conservatives approach is it’s anticipated by the Dems. A reason Cruz was exciting is it caught the opposition off guard, and when they react they make strategic mistakes..changing the political battlefield, putting the insurgents on offense.

      • clockwindingdown

        They are already openly talking about it, “Single payer”!

  • az

    Johnson almost sounds like McCain, notice he said behind closed doors, won’t stand in the public and get behind Cruz and Lee, vote him out.

    • Wigglesworth

      Johnson is up for reelection in 2016 when we also will have a presidential election so it is unlikely he will get a 2nd term in liberal Wisconsin so why not stand up and fight against Obamacare.

  • stage9

    This is a PERFECT illustration of the strategy Republicans need to take. They’re sitting crouched down in the foxhole when they need to be like the Conservatives around them and ENGAGE “THE ENEMY”! Cruz and Mike Lee are like Winters yelling at Private Blithe to stand up and get in the fight! Little by little they need to be gaining confidence in their ability to win.

    WARNING! War violence and colorful language…

    What can I say, I’m a war movie junkie….

    • Rshill7

      Me too. Look above.

      By the way, “God help me, I love it so” paraphrased from Patton.

    • FreeManWalking

      If Cruz and Lee hadn’t stood up and fought for the American people, the CR would be over with and the gopers would be strategizing on how to gracefully capitulate on the debt limit.

    • timerunnersc

      Thanks stage9, all I can say right now is, trying to catch my composure.
      God Bless our troops.

  • MaroonRepublic

    Notice when Ted Cruz’s name came up, Johnson’s voice stumbled and he went into talking points and campaign rhetoric and blaming Cruz and others of fracturing the Republicans? Also, you can’t win the fight unless you get in the ring.

    • clockwindingdown

      “Also, you can’t win the fight unless you get in the ring.”

      And the GOP for the most part is refusing, and in this case throwing a hissy fit, to keep out of the ring… Their strategy is let it be implemented and get embedded and fail, then work at changing it. The people don’t want to change it, We the People simply don’t want it!

  • Vorlath -

    I wish Mark would have explained Cruz’ strategy in more detail. The way you win is to educate the people on the issues. Cruz’ filibuster was a means to that end. It’s why Democrats were so against it. On Drudge, one single video feed of the filibuster got 600,000 concurrent viewers at 1AM. I had to go to bed. I couldn’t stop watching because there was so much good info.

    The other day, when the House sent several funding bills to the Senate, Cruz agreed to list them (per Reid’s request) as he was going to talk afterwards. He thought the Dems would just disagree and move on. They did not. Instead, the Democrats amended each and every House bill to be a clean CR bill. They knew The Republicans would shoot it down. But they did it anyways. As the Dems amended the bills, they made their case. Cruz then stood up and responded to each and every one. Reid was upset that Cruz was taking so much time. But the Dems thought no Republicans would say anything since these bills were lost causes anyways. But Cruz stood up and Reid objected. Cruz explained that if Dems are making a statement, so shall he. And things continued. This clip made it to several sites.

    At every step, Cruz is educating and providing more info on the issues. This is how you get people on your side. The Dems are continuously amending and sending bills back to the House even though they know they are lost causes. But Republicans in the Senate are too weak kneed to do the same?

    This is the strategy. Turn around some of the PR. Don’t shoot each other in the foot. Keep fighting. But Ron is against all that. He’s saying no more bills or strategies that don’t win the very first time. IOW, if you don’t succeed, give up and never try again.

    • Laurel

      He couldn’t explain anything because Johnson did nothing but interrupt.

      • Vorlath -

        Very true.

      • timerunnersc

        The radio or televised interview strategy of the RINO and the Democrat is deflection, redirection, misinformation and run out the clock.

        • Laurel

          Boy you sure have that right. He gave me a headache listening to his continual interruptions.

    • marketcomp

      Cruz has done an excellent job explaining the strategy you just need to listen, unlike Ron Johnson.

    • jcwink

      Term limit these tired old bought and sold senators. They have no fight left in them IF they ever had any to begin with.. This means you to Senator Colburn…

  • Laurel

    I thought Johnson was smarter than this. First off I can give you five Democrat Senators that are vulnerable in the midterms. Next up Johnson was so overly defensive that it tells me he made a decision…a bad one and now he has to defend it and resents it.

    Why is he deflecting and distracting with his daughter let alone continually interrupting?

    His comment about doing it in unified fashion was very telling about himself. and why is he dragging Krauthammer into it? Is Krauthammer smart? Or is he as Ben Franklin says: “The learned fool writes his nonsense in a better language than the unlearned fool..but it is still nonsense.”

    Johnson doesn’t have a brain of his own. He worships at the Krauthammer/pundit alter. He really is showing himself to be no different than the left and their treatment of Obama. He just has a different idol.

    To say that I’m disappointed in Johnson is an understatement.

    • welltempered2

      Ron Johnson, Krauthammer, and their type of conservatives are good guys. They have one blind spot: They don’t realize the ruthlessness of the opposition. Obama would deny cancer therapy to children for political advantage…and how about death benefits to gold star families!

      • Laurel

        That is really a matter of opinion. Levin is right…Johnson was elected on repealing Obamacare. His over the top performance with Levin tells me quite a bit. Johnson just blew his signature issue. That isn’t smart.

        Krauthammer is okay but I would not classify him as conservative. He is a remarkable individual that has overcome some obstacles but he also is big government and is often wrong.

        • welltempered2

          All that may be true, but they are still allies and we must save political ammo for the left. Reagan’s standard for ally was 70% and I think Johnson and Krauthammer easily cover that bar.

          • Laurel

            No Reagan’s limit was 80% and really it isn’t a matter of that. It’s a matter of defining what real conservatism is and that is being done within the party currently. the is the real and true debate going on.

            You save your ammo for whatever the heck you want including spinning your wheels, giving unsolicited advice, all the while doing the same thing over and over and over again ad nauseum while expecting different results. Both Johnson and his tactics and Krauthammer and his punditry certainly represent that. Good Luck with that and have fun in the wilderness. Dress warm.

        • CalCoolidge

          Kraut is a shrink by training and he does a good job poking jabs through holes of Obama’s defective narcissistic personality. That’s about the end of the usefulness of Kraut.

          • Laurel

            Yep. I’m just so done with doing the same thing over and over again. We are losing this country but unlike the rest of Western civilization true socialism will mean collapse. Remember we prop them up and they are also much smaller.

            It’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Enough of this old school BS that has done nothing productive.

    • marketcomp

      Well said and BRAVO!

      • timerunnersc

        ditto!

    • Amjean

      Is Krauthammer smart? Or is he as Ben Franklin says: “The learned fool writes his nonsense in a better language than the unlearned fool..but it is still nonsense.”
      Very well said! You hit the nail on the head with this statement. Ole Saurkraut
      is as slimy as they come. At least with a liberal one knows up front that they have the lefty mental disease. People like Krauthammer try to cloak a pig in a fur coat.

    • timerunnersc

      your every point is so right on!

    • nibblesyble

      standing o for you Laurel!

      • Laurel

        Thanks nibbles!!!

    • jcwink

      Well said Laurel!!! Did not know Krauthammer was a speech writer for Mondale!! WOW!

  • Rshill7

    “Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost, and will never lose a war… because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.”

    (George S. Patton)

    • MaroonRepublic

      Nice one. You want to learn a bully? Punch them in the nose!

      • Rshill7

        Been there done that. It was sweeter than cherry cheesecake friend. It was also at the early morning bus stop. I was about 14 years old and he was quite a bit bigger than I. I had absolutely had it with him! So had a few others. Myrtle Beach 1976 I think.

        As you can tell, I’m still proud of it. He rode to school that day with a freakish looking nose, with his T-shirt he’d pulled off soaking up the blood. Honest to God truth. He did NOT come to school the next day…and he never, ever, F’d with me again.

        OMG, could I tell you some stories of a little guy kicking the sh*t out of some bigger bullies. Once was with a crowd of them trying to drown a cat. I guess I’m still rather feisty.

        Am I still a little cocky in my early 50’s? Well, I have good reason to be. I’ve done some unbelievable things. Righteous indignation moves both mountains and bullies. My siblings thought I wouldn’t survive to the age of 18 :-)

        I just didn’t give a damn. I believed that right makes might, and proved it. Not bragging about me, just bragging about justice and my Jesus. I think he was with me, and still is. When I speak to Him, it’s as if I can hear him Him listening.

        Night folks! Love ya.

        • Laurel

          Gee my bullies were always in the form of gangs of illegals.

          And yep I did the same but usually it took a few times for it to take. One pulled a gun on me once. I broke her arm in two places. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

        • nibblesyble

          Nighty Night my feisty wordsmith! Jesus always had you in the palm of his hand, the great thing about it is you always knew it..some of us take a little longer.

          • Rshill7

            :-)

            The 2nd day he did come to school. The doctor had to reset his nose because it was broken. He had to wear this weird looking nose thingamabob for a couple of weeks.

            Ahh memories, like the colors of…his nose. Misty watercolor… ouchies.

            • nibblesyble

              My hubby laughed hard at the last part!

              • Rshill7

                So did I sister. I like him already :-)

                May the good Lord Bless you and your entire household. Sorry it took me so long to respond. Had to get out of the house for awhile.

                Yay!

                • nibblesyble

                  Same to you Rs…always! My hubby has good taste(ahem) so he ought to love what you post!

    • stage9

      I STILL think he should’ve invaded the Soviet Union like he requested! If he would’ve, we wouldn’t be having these problems right now with liberal marxism.

      There are no generals like him anymore.

      • Laurel

        Boy that’s the truth. Grandfather served in Patton’s Army and he said Patton was correct about the Russians. Every time they hooked with them they had no food, supplies, or ammo but they were apparently good scavengers. They always had mattresses for their foxholes. :)

  • Laurel

    Hey Mark…I don’t know that he will be back in the Senate eventually…

  • FreeManWalking

    He kept saying the Cruz was dividing the GOP, I got news for mr, johnson it was divided way before Cruz came rushing in. johnson is a lilly liver chicken butt to condemn Cruz for standing up and fighting when NONE of those with johnson or m’Caint’s outlook were going to lift a finger to put any pressure on this administration.

    I get to vote against one of the senators that cast a deciding vote to condemn me to 0b0care. Not only that Prior is a family pollutatition like his daddy before him. I haven’t heard our gop senator defend Cruz or my representative, so I will probably only be casting one national office vote in 2014.

    I’ve said before that I wouldn’t vote for a moderate, but I voted for McCaint and Romney and it was a wasted effort just like I thought it would be.

    I am not going down that road again, I am ready for a Fresh Cup of TEA.

    It is clear that the likes of johnson, mcCaint, Gramnasty, are all about go along and get along to me they are no more than a blue dog demoncrat.

    • nibblesyble

      here here Free!!!

      • FreeManWalking

        Thanks NS :)

  • FreeManWalking

    The Establishment gopers of Priebus, Rove and Norquest can’t understand why conservatives didn’t show up for Romney…
    They need to go home put an empty food bowl down and kick the $#!t out of their dog for week straight, then throw him a bone and reach down to take it away and see if he licks their hand.
    What a bunch of doofeses running their mouth for the gop.

    • keyesforpres

      Norquist is a stealth jihadists. He’s a liar. He’s no conservative. He’s married to a muslim and he is one too.

  • Subie201

    Johnson’s haminahamina was enough to make you puke! The same bullshit from these RINOS! America we gotta get these bumbs out! Oh man get the vomit bags!

  • John62

    Andrea Tantaros on The Five had a great idea, with really no downside. Repubs create a tax payer bill, stripping the IRS of the mandate of collecting taxes for Obamacare. Let Obama defend the IRS. Especially considering today’s news that there was a direct link with the WH and IRS with personal data. Surprised that didn’t go big viral BTW? This should be a no brainer for the Repubs but may not have what it takes to go forward with it.

  • Doofus Lamewright

    I thought Mark was being unnecessarily nasty. But hey what do I care? I really can’t stand either one of these right wing nutcases. The difference between the two is one actually makes decisions that can affect the rest of us, the other bloviates nonsense on talk radio and awful books. So if Mark turns against Johnson and hurts his chances in the 2017 election, I’m all for that. Wisconsin went Obama’s way big anyway, so a Dem can easily take that seat. Sadly we lost one of our best in Russ Feingold, but if this idiots bumbling is any indication of how the rest of his tenure will be, that seat will be blue again

    • keyesforpres

      Ha! Ha! DOOFUS.
      Hey, I’m not name calling….just calling you by name!

    • WI4Walker

      “one of the best in Russ Feingold” – no wonder your name is Doofus.

    • johnos2112

      Read the bill Doofus. Did I just say that? Yes I did. You are a disgrace to all Americans. You have no idea how radical these progressives are and you will reap what you sow you SOB!

      • Doofus Lamewright

        Sorry I got you so upset. I don’t have much respect for you non thinking backwater dwelling hicks, and I don’t hide it very well

        • clockwindingdown

          Look an bobo cult member!

    • clockwindingdown

      So say the LOSER!

  • YankeeTexan

    I seriously doubt kelly ayotte would ever go on air with Mark…she would be terrified to!

  • Vorlath -

    I wish Ron would fight the Democrats as hard as he’s fought Mark.

  • Sharkteeth

    OOPs Did not realize he rode Tea Party votes. Revenge cometh. We must vet everyone one of them.

  • http://politicalknow.blogspot.com/ SheerPolitics

    We get a delayed broadcast of Levin’s show. I got in the middle of this on the way home to where I didn’t hear the name. I was wondering who the squish was. He just wanted to slam the conservative’s plan while offering no plan of his own. Then he wanted to say that the plan to defund Obamacare was dividing the CONSERVATIVES. Uh…no….not dividing conservatives.

  • misterlogic0013

    the man has nothing, spent 9 million to get elected, bull sht T/P = over for him next time around, = empty suit .. joker ..

  • misterlogic0013

    Mark your the best ..

  • MidgieB

    Johnson is as rude and petulant as the opposition. Oh wait. . . he is the opposition.

  • Terrenceor

    He was on Bill Bennett’s show when he was demeaning Ted Cruz. Anyone who stands up and fights gets attacked by the Establishment.

    That was bizarre to say the least!!!

  • bri

    They had 3 years to get rid of Obamacare and did nothing. Ted Cruz had to act.

  • TMZ2

    Finally one interesting interview from Levin. I’ll thank him for it. Thanks for putting the heat on Ron Johnson.

    • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

      At least Johnson was willing to take the interview. Most of Levin’s targets keep ducking for cover.

  • Judges718

    Johnson…well…he was a….Johnson.

    Ron is the latest Conservative to succumb to the disease know as “Vichy Republicanism”. The symptoms vary by stages.

    In the initial stages, the symptoms include voting and promoting anything that secures your personal power. Feathering your nest if you will.

    In the intermediate stages you all to often openly side with the socialists by promoting socialism, nihilism, and the further decay of morality. To reconcile this radical departure from principle, you promote yourself as a centrist, a moderate, a maverick, the voice of reason, one who is reaching across the aisle to get things done.

    In the advanced stages you are like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Karl Rove, Dana Perino, Bill O’Reilly, etc, and you spend most of your time and effort attacking Conservatives and Republicans, all the while obsequiously appeasing the Marxist left.

    Finally, in the end stages you become Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist, Colin Powell, Chuck Hagel, Lincoln Chafee, Joe Scarborough. Kathleen Parker, etc and go completely over to the dark side.

  • clubgitmo

    TKO the great one.

  • TexasPGRRider

    If Johnson`s fraggin` the Troops for Truth, he Will be delt with by the voters….

  • Scolded for the Truth

    I just sent Ron Johnson an email asking him to man-up and get behind Cruz, et, al. Here with Mark, he was a bumbling embarrassment. We need leaders who will lead a fight against intransigent democrats. They will never give way–they must be beaten down and defeated. Apparently, Ron is not going to be one of the strong leaders who is capable of unifying the Republicans against the democrats.

  • nexxe

    If only McCain would go on this show. Could you imagine?

    • nibblesyble

      He would have a stroke, his blood pressure could not take even one pointed question from the great one!

  • StandProudNow

    Oh, my. Can’t remember when in the past I lost respect for someone at such an alarming rate.

    Sen. Johnson was a bumbling turd. No wonder our country is where it is with people like him at the helm.

  • http://norunnyeggs.com/ steveegg

    The problem with sending businessmen to DC is it is in their DNA to “do something”, even if all Dingy Harry will let them do is horrible things.

    • keyesforpres

      Sending lawyers isn’t working out so well for us either.

      • http://norunnyeggs.com/ steveegg

        That’s why you clone the Cruz’s and Lee’s.

  • Right_Wingnut

    Has Ron been drinking a lot lately? Seriously. I heard him on another interview yesterday. He sounded drunk in that one too. I’ve heard him interviewed numerous times over the years, and his campaign ads aired constantly in my area. He didn’t sound like that.

    • Colin the Patriot

      He does sound drunk.

      • M_Minnesota

        He’s drunk on the idea that he is a U.S. Senator.

        • BearNJ

          He’s drowning his sorrows because Ted Cruz exposed him as a drunken phony.

  • Dewayne

    Ron Johnson is a solid conservative.

    • Colin the Patriot

      Did you listen to the interview? He sounds like a drunken liar.

    • Nitwitweeter

      Like a solid can of silly string.

    • dan phelps

      Miss Nancy,
      Please go back to your cave.

  • bnchy

    What is WRONG with these so called Conservatives? This just makes me respect people like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee even more for having the guts to go against the establishment in their own Party.

  • jcwink

    Did not take Ron Johnson long to join the ‘good ole boy club’ in the Senate. Through out the interview his evasive double-talk exposed him as being bought and now sold into the political ruling class. Ron Ron Ron you have become a disappointment.

  • bluerose75

    Horrible….WHAT IS WRONG WITH MARK?????????? Ron Johnson never stops talking!!! He just lets the Senator talk talk and talk….Johnson is s JACK OFF….he has NO STRATEGY…….he is stumbling all over the place….Bad Interview….Shame on Mark!! Liar Johnson!! Liar Johnson!!! And again this was a dumb interview!

  • bluerose75

    This was the worst and stupidest interview…sorry RS it is not HEATED….it was the typical Conservative talks tough then when he has the Senator….he just lets the Senator talk and talk….says he is not challenging him….MARK if you want to be the tough guy….ACT LIKE IT when you have someone on the show….it is easy when you just spout on the air to your audience. Very disappointed in Levin….Johnson was predictable and typical GOP Establishment talking points. Johnson HAS DONE nothing to get rid of Obamacare….everyone knows HE ATTACKED Ted Cruz….but I am very disappointed in Mark….he should have cut off the sound from Johnson…answered and slammed him for doing nothing.

    • Right_Wingnut

      I thought Mark took it to him pretty good, actually.

      • Laurel

        Me too. there comes a point in time where you have to give them enough rope to hang themselves. He did that but challenged him too.

        • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

          Definitely. For a sitting Senator who firmly believes he’s a “real” conservative to be taken to task so firmly by a conservative leader, that was a total woodshed moment.

          Especially at the end. He made it clear that he totally understood who Johnson was referring to in his comments that slammed “some people.” (Or however he phrased it.)

        • BearNJ

          I agree. He let Johnson say he didn’t like Cruz’s approach but when pressed he had no strategy of his own other than undermining Cruz and Lee who called them all out as phonies who are afraid to fight.

    • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

      You clearly don’t understand Mark when he says he wants someone to come on his show, he’s going to treat them respectfully, and not antagonistically.

      That’s what Levin always does. He’s consistent.

      • Laurel

        Rush too.

      • notaboutus

        You’re right, of course, but I still get a kick out of whenever Levin says to liberals, “Get off the phone you big dope!”. :-)

    • notaboutus

      You’re totally wrong. Levin brilliantly and effectively sliced him apart and didn’t let him get away with his obvious grandstanding and playing to a very conservative audience. Johnson said what he thought we wanted to hear, but Levin exposed him for the fraud that he really is and that he has no strategy other than to just talk about repeal Obamacare without actually taking the necessary steps to fight it as Cruz and Lee have done. I thought it was very instructive and illustrative of the huge problem we have with RINOs who simply surrender at any hint of resistance. I’ll at least give Johnson credit for coming on Levin’s show, but I’m certain that he’ll never be back and it is almost a guarantee that Senator Ayotte will never come on his show at all. Milquetoast Cowards.

  • bluerose75

    People in WI please Primary this loser….I have never heard a more incoherent rambling pile of garbage in my life. I will say Mark asked him 3 or 4 times about Strategy and this IDIOT had nothing…nothing…I am working behind the scenes…I mean where is the SHOVEL Ron you need to carry for all the crap you are dropping. Manipulative little snake in the grass. Johnson I will donate money to anyone that primarys your lying rear!

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    When you see that people like Flake, Johnson, Ayotte and others cave so readily, you realize how thinly helf=d their convictions were before signing up to run for office.

    This stands in stark contrast to Cruz and Lee. You can tell those guys not only knew who they were, deep down, but they stay on top of things on their own, rather than accepting the Party leader’s claims and fearmongering. Now that’s bravery.

    • Laurel

      I have to agree but I cannot deny that I really am disappointed Bob. I gave a lot of time and money to these guys and they are proving to be no better or even different than the Democrats.

      God Bless Cruz and Lee.

      • LastMomStanding

        Agree. Same here. These three – Flake, Ayotte & Johnson – have sorely proved to be RINO/Dim traitors.

        • Judges718

          Here…Here…

  • Giordano_Bruno

    What has happened to Ron Johnson? Too bad. So sad. His next election is 2016. In Wisconsin, I will be voting to “primary him out.”

    Johnson et al do not understand that YOU NEED TO FORCEFULLY ARTICULATE A CONSISTENT ARGUMENT IN ORDER TO EVENTUALLY WIN THE POLITICAL WAR!

  • sacha

    I take it Ron Johnson’s strategy for getting rid of Obamacare is to hold town-hall meetings in Wisconsin and tell everyone he wants to get rid of Obamacare. Then when he is in Washington D.C. he wrings his hands saying we can’t win because we need 5 democrats to vote with us and since that’s not happening just surrender. Then demonize any republican who does stand and fight; then lie about being a backstabber. Ron Johnson is an a f-ing schmuck.

    • Right_Wingnut

      I don’t even think he’s savvy enough to play it like that. He just went on Levin’s show to rip Ted Cruz. That’s just plain stupidity.

    • ricardophilips

      He didn’t demonize anyone, he just disagreed. We need to hear all sides and opinions from people who fundamentally agree with us.

  • dan phelps

    He spent millions to get elected. what do you think the return will be?

    • dan phelps

      9 million dollars

      • Right_Wingnut

        His campaign had money to burn. So much so that they saturated the airwaves in Minnesota for months to reach those who commute to the Twin Cities from Wisconsin. His ads outnumber Bachmann’s 2-1….in Minnesota.

        • dan phelps

          Nothing like rich people becoming politicians.

          • dan phelps

            Usually it’s politicians getting rich.

          • ricardophilips

            Nothing wrong with rich people, we are still free market capitalists aren’t we?

      • dan phelps

        Who in their right mind would invest that kind of money without a guarantee of a return on their investment?

        • ricardophilips

          Stop crapping on our guys, he’s not a traitor. I heard TOTAL sincerity in his comments and voice. I’m not saying he’s right or wrong but he’s not a corruptocrat as far we know, so stop casting aspersions.

          We need all the help we can get.

        • 4PERCENTER

          There is a return.

          • Judges718

            Cronyism abounds….

    • Nitwitweeter

      Another useless, self-absorbed politician who married into money and then “appropriated” that money from his family so he can show everybody back home his bitchen Senate cuff links.

      • dan phelps

        I have heard about those cuff links.
        Hope they wear them while they try to hide.

  • Nitwitweeter

    Something tells me he’s received his last Mark Levin endorsement.

  • Sheboygan Schnoid

    It seemed like Sen. Ron Johnson was trying to filibuster the show, so that Mark would not be able either to ask many questions or to expose the discontinuity of the senator’s words and behavior. Johnson just talked too much for too long. The interview wasn’t so much a dialogue as it was a “duelogue.” We should let Ron Johnson return to his private life, since he seems unable to understand what is required to win.

    • crosshr

      I never like loud big mouth, always a sign of full sack of excuses.

  • Terry Zuckerman

    Sounds like Ron Johnson’s plan for getting rid of Obamacare is absolutely nothing.

    • crosshr

      Zill, nill,

  • dan phelps

    Not publicly have I ever said anything about anyone

    • dan phelps

      Privately maybe

      • crosshr

        lol

  • Terry Zuckerman

    “Im developing a consensus strategy” = Masterbation

    • ricardophilips

      No consensus is important, so is fighting hard. You need to be aggressive AND smart/wiley, not just aggressive like a silly Arab militant.

  • Guest

    The Repubs need to read “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky. The liberals expect the GOP to use logic and rational thought to “win” the argument. But liberals use irrational emotion and demonization, which is unwinnable with logic. And guess what, liberals dont give a F&@# what we think because “the ends justify the means”. And they NEVER quit!
    The GOP needs to understand their enemy better or we’re doomed.

    • Giordano_Bruno

      Right on. I read “Rules” in October 2008 and knew exactly what we would be in for if Obama won. He did, and it’s all coming true. This book is still in print. Read it.

  • dan phelps

    Now that the NSA has been exposed, Who doesn’t have something they would like to remain private?
    everyone is fair game. including Government officials.
    Extortion is the name of the game now.
    Agree or else.

    • dan phelps

      check Mr.johnsons closets

    • Judges718

      Yes, just ask John Roberts.

  • TheGrimCreeper

    I’ve heard Ron Johnson on several talk radio programs and it’s always the same circular argument. Johnson: ‘I think the Senate conservatives’ plan is flawed and divisive. We need to build a consensus.’ Radio host: ‘What’s your strategy, Senator?’ Johnson: ‘I’m building a consensus.’ Radio host: ‘Yes, but what’s your strategy?’ Johnson: ‘ Are you saying my strategy is wrong?’ Radio host: ‘I want to know what your strategy is.’ Johnson: ‘Are you saying I’m not conservative?’ Radio host: ‘No, I’m asking what your strategy to defeat ObamaCare is.’ Johnson: ‘I don’t want the Democrats to hear what it is.’

  • Swamp Fox

    Could you imagine the chit-chat Mark would have with Obama?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFb6NU1giRA Booker

    Sen. Johnson got defensive quite early. Look, buddy. If you have a better idea for getting this nasty entitlement out of the way, then offer it. Don’t sit there with your tail in between your legs waiting for manna to drop from heaven.

  • ricardophilips

    Can I agree with them both to some extent? I like the intellectual diversity we’re building in the real conservative movement. I truly believe both gentleman (Levin and Johnson) are totally sincere about their mutual goals, and I do not think Johnson is a RINO, I think he’s a conservative and a good guy

    Levin is right that you can’t back stab (that’s you Mccain) your own people, and trash them even if you disagree. He’s also right that you have to be persistent and take risks to achieve what you want.

    Johnson, though, is TOTALLY right that that just being enraged and fighting is no substitute for being smart. It’s not smart to attack the General’s bunker with a knife by yourself without building consensus among your troops first, even if he killed your family or friends, because you will get killed 100% for sure. I’m not sure how this current fight will end, but as of now the GOP has 20 yr low numbers in approval because the Dems and the media have successfully painted as hell-bent

    So this really is a conundrum……….

  • ricardophilips

    Can I agree with them both to some extent? I like the intellectual diversity we’re building in the real conservative movement. I truly believe both gentleman (Levin and Johnson) are totally sincere about their mutual goals, and I do not think Johnson is a RINO, I think he’s a conservative and a good guy

    Levin is right that you can’t back stab (that’s you Mccain) your own people, and trash them even if you disagree. He’s also right that you have to be persistent and take risks to achieve what you want.

    Johnson, though, is TOTALLY right that that just being enraged and fighting is no substitute for being smart. It’s not smart to attack the General’s bunker with a knife by yourself without building consensus among your troops first, even if he killed your family or friends, because you will get killed 100% for sure. I’m not sure how this current fight will end, but as of now the GOP has 20 yr low numbers in approval because the Dems and the media have successfully painted as hell-bent

    So this really is a conundrum……….

  • 4PERCENTER

    TRYING TO build a consensus, build a consensus, build a consensus, build a consensus, build a consensus, build a consensus, 2014, build a consensus, 2015, build a consensus, 2016, build a consensus… If you can build a consensus, why have you waited until now? Building a consensus IS NOT A STRATEGY! Ron Johnson, you sound like a typical Wisconsin jerk. You don’t have a pea to stand on, so you just talk loud, fast, and dominate the speech, as if that means you win. The reason there is a Tea Party Movement is that establishment republicans DO NOT WANT A CONSENSUS with True Conservatives. They want to maintain the status quo! You were not elect to form a consensus, you were elected to SERVE THE PEOPLE OF WISCONSIN, not yourself! You were not elected to make friends, you were elected to make LAW – CONSERVATIVE LAW! You were elected, not to decide if you have enough votes to win, you were elected to charge into battle unconcerned that you are out numbered! You said you didn’t like the strategy, but you don’t know what the strategy is, and you don’t have one yourself, so to do NOTHING, means the demon-crats win. Don’t you get it????? You sound like a drunk in a bar argument, then you had a unmitigated gall to say the drunken argument was fun… THIS IS NOT A GAME! obamacare does not affect you rich people! You need to sit down, shut up, and follow the REAL LEADERS! Say what you will, now we KNOW why you ran for Senate…SMH! Money IS the ultimate corrupter…

    • SurfinUSA

      Johnson is caught up in political new-speak. The reason Congress has a 5% approval rating is due to all the empty rhetoric and total b.s. that politicians trot out to sound important and “big.” Like “common sense reforms”, “comprehensive (fill in your favorite b.s)”, assorted legislative “packages” and other mealy mouth empty headed phrases that have no relation to Joe and Jane Six Pack.

      Consensus is not a word used by the lead dog on the sled, only by dogs behind the leader. The view is pretty much the same if you settle for consensus. As Mark said, “consensus” is not a strategy.

      Johnson was put on the spicket by Levin to put on notice all those back room blow-hards that piled on Cruz and Lee. Senatorial courtesies don’t extend to Main Street and girly men shouldn’t try to gang up on those courageous enough to take a stand and fight. Either join in or throw down you musket and go home. We want back our Constitution and principled government.

      • 4PERCENTER

        Precisely; but who do we replace these ‘girly-boys’ with? Every emerging star, fizzles out or let their skeletons shackle them, or runs and hides. What can we do?

        • SurfinUSA

          It will take a leader that is firm in his/her beliefs, has the toughest hide on the ranch to put up with the nay-saying, and big leather balls to push forward a dumb flock of sheep.

          Someone who is a replica of Ronald Reagan who wasn’t of the Establishment and fought the regular Republicans just as hard or harder than the Democrats. Read up on him, the clues and needed traits will emerge to you.

  • ricardophilips

    I love Cruz, he’s smart, he’s tough, and he’s committed, but he made a big mistake calling anyone who disagreed with him the “surrender caucus”. That’s not you win friends and influence people. He knows he effed up too. He’s a valuable member of the conservative team, but he’s got to smooth out the rough edges a tad, imho

    • crosshr

      another dumb expression I’ve heard for the day. I do mistaken you with sinile McCain. So you think Cruz effed up? Please tell the folks what else leverage the conservatives have besides ACA.I can tell how everything is pretty shifted like shafts now in washinton from Cruz, Lee and Rand standing toe to toe with the Left destructive machine. Go ahead, I have the whole week !

      • ricardophilips

        I assume you meant “what leverage do we have besides the CR and Debt ceiling?

        Here’s my point, and I’m sure you will understand the military comparison. In any “war” against an adversary.enemy, you must avoid shooting at your own side at almost all costs. That goes for the hard core conservatives like myself and others here, and it goes for the center right people (who are usually the culprits). Soldiers, can not and should not publicly question each others patritism/honour etc, because it destroys the common goal.

        I’m in favour (but skeptically) of the current fight, but the mistake Cruz made is not approaching his folks BEHIND THE SCENES for intensive persuasion and more importantly inferring all cons who disagreed with him were pussies or traitors to the cause. That was arrogance and hubris, something all talented people have to guard against.

        Like I said I like and respect Cruz. Overall he’s awesome BUT i’m not a cult follower of anyone, and I will criticize anyone and everyone I so choose, because open criticism (constructive) is the only way to improve our tactics and strategies.

        • crosshr

          None of the RINOS have anything to do with ACA. You miss that completely. The best they can do is surrender and more often.

          Cruz were send there to abolish that career political mentality and the don’t rock the boat behavior.

          There were a reason why the Republican took over the house in 2010 election circle, the Tea Party folks went in from primaries to general with one goal in mind, that is to take back the government and the country from the Liberals. Sad to see only to place in the hands of the Progressive big government Washington establishment.

          Cruz never made a mistake in this battle, without him standing up, Obama rating would still linger around in the high 40. You have to have ball to engage in any confrontation. Giving excuses never serve a victory. The country now awake and pay closer attention to what Obama and the Obamacare will affect their pocket, thanks for the RINOs tactics and their shoting at their own young braves like Cruz, and Paul, Lee. This tickles the Left to death.

          I’m glad Cruz did not follow order and man enough to stand together with the only few that refuse to be taken hostage by the friendly don’t rough a feather mentality of the establishment. Law of nature according to Harvest time, you sow your fine seed in hope you’ll reap a harvest. That’s what’s going on among the conservative few that are not afraid to risk what they got in hope and faith when in due season, America will be in a better place.

  • braininspain

    lmao… i love Mark Levin. These people in public office are pretty much double minded morons. Ron Johnson is proof of this. “i don’t talk about fellow Republicans in public.. uh uh uh or in private…” 8 minutes later “we talk about them in meetings” lmao… F you schmuck

  • crosshr

    No wonder that’s why these guys have nothing else but white flags, Obama and the left own their arse. Glad I never count on them. All talk no punch.

  • MiBones

    This is why we need to elect more Palin/Levin conservatives into office. These candidates get in and are swayed by the “elders” in the rhino party. My favorite movie to watch is the Longest Day. It was meant as an anti war movie and is probably one of the most inspiring movies about Americans against seemingly impossible odds. We still went. Many died, but we kept going. We won the war. This is our war, to save America as she was envisioned by our Founding Fathers. God Bless America.

  • Grumpa37

    Levin vs Johnson sounds like a draw fought by two roughly equal heavyweight egos. Both seem to be much better on offense than on defense. I hope they’re both okay.

  • Wes Lee Keslur

    Sounds like the end of the Republican Party is coming soon. They have their foot in the door on Obmacare and instead of walking through it they shoot themselves in the foot. I have seen and heard enough. If there is a Libertarian candidate from now on I am voting for them. If liberty-minded US Constitution-loving people would unite and stop picking the lesser of two evils we would crush the other two parties. Mark my words, the Virginia gubernatorial race is going to turn some heads around the country because the Libertarian is gaining percentage points rapidly and he hasn’t even been invited to the debates. Regardless of who wins the race for governor, we will likely have a Republican majority in the VA House because in many districts the only choice is Democrat or Republican and Democrats made a huge mistake by attacking the 2nd Amendment, blatantly disrespecting our vets (and all US citizens) and then slapping them in the face with that amnesty protest stunt. So I don’t want to hear about wasted votes by not voting for the big two. We have a chance here to shake up the system and I am all for it.

    • Taurnil Oronar

      I tend to agree with the end of the Republican party. There are IMO far to many of them with the same disrespect towards the individual as Democrats and many in the Whig party had in the 1800s.

      It took a third party to break away from the Whigs to stand against the tyranny desired by the rest. It is very clear, at least to me individuals like the “Carl Roves” and the “Old Republican Guard” has taken the place of the instigators within the Whig party that caused its demise.

      I think we are about to come full circle.

  • colliemum

    As any adult knows, if someone starts shouting, or is trying to shout down the other debater, they’ve not just lost the argument but actually have no point or facts to argue with.

    Compare and contrast with Ted Cruz, who not only doesn’t shout, but smoothly schools aggressive questioners …

    That’s all.

    • kong1967

      I largely agree with that, but sometimes yelling results just from bad temperament. Ted Cruz is just as calm as can be, but most people aren’t able to remain calm when they get pi**ed. He would make a great leader. I mean….like President.

      • colliemum

        LOL – ” …like President” – indeed he would, because on top of that he’s shown at the end of his filibuster/long speech that he can think on his feet even after 20 hours standing on those feet.
        He’d never get into a situation like the POS, where he’s damned if he negotiates (with those he proclaimed to be terrorists, i.e. the GOP) and damned if he doesn’t.
        Yeah, something like President, that would suit him …
        ;-)

    • crosshr

      colliemum, speak more often please. you, including many that loves freedom (even from across the big pond) make honest straight forward sound arguments !

  • kong1967

    Johnson kept saying that this strategy has divided us. That’s not what has divided us. I was just like Johnson in the beginning. We can’t get the votes, government will shut down, and the public will have our butts for lunch in the next elections. But a lot of arguing won me over to Cruz’s strategy even though I wasn’t confident about doing it, but I realized we have to do something to educate the public. I said from the beginning (when I didn’t agree with the strategy) that if we do this I would get behind it 100% because we have to be united in our efforts.

    What have we gotten from the backstabbing Republicans that trash Cruz? An effort to destroy the defund strategy and to destroy the ones pushing it.

    We are divided because of those Republicans that refuse to unite and help with the effort. If we fail, I will join whatever the next effort is to destroy Obamacare, whether it be led by Boehner, McCain, Cruz, or whoever. We have to stick together when we put ourselves on the line like we are now.

    • tidclan

      I love what the truckers, bikers, vets are doing. I think all the dialogue on FB is awesome. BUT the dialogue between ourselves IS NOT ENOUGH!! THIS dialogue NEEDS TO BE ON YOUR REPRESENTATIVES FB PAGE!!! AND THE HOUSE AND SENATE LEADER’S PAGES. We are preaching to the choir here! We’ve got to get all our family members to do the same…and our neighbors. I AM SO TIRED OF THESE DUPLICITOUS MEN THAT SAY ONE THING IN PUBLIC AND SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN COMMITTEE! We need to be communicating with our Representatives EVERY DAY. WE CAN’T LET UP EVER!!!!

      • kong1967

        Agreed.

  • tdaly

    What we want is politicians with some balls, not weak in the knees… thats why over 3 million stayed home at the last election… next election they’ll be even more staying home, realizing both parties are the same and don’t represent us at all. Wake the heck up America, they have a plan and both sides are in on it. It should be all of us against the machine all of them!

  • TJinNJ

    About time these Pussifist RINOs get called out.

  • Gregory Drew

    I think it’s time the Republicans took a page from the Democrat playbook and stop the public posturing. The Democrats march in lockstep and you never hear one Democrat calling out another, it’s time the Republicans did the same thing. We’re never going to have the news media on our (conservative) side because they are bought and paid for by the Democrat party, but at least we don’t need to provide any more fodder.

  • MREDinNJ

    One of the good guys sucked into the DC muck…hopefully, Mark can pull him back out…we need him in the fight…

    • crosshr

      yes, thank you MREDinNJ

  • guest

    It seemed to me, while listenting to this interview with Mark (who was absolutely brilliant as far as I am concerned), Ron Johnson was very defensive and kept interrupting Mark before he could even answer. His (Johnson’s) answers were rather “iffy” to me. It bothered me because of his constant interrupting Mark and was just over the top as far as I am concerned. I believe he has been inducted into the Liberal Hall of Fame!

    • crosshr

      yes, :-((

  • Garegin Kalajian

    I have had it with these politicians who say they want to get rid of obamacare but they just don’t agree with the strategy, and they offer no srategy of their own.

  • SMITTY

    Most Politicians are cowards. We expect it from the Progressive Dems but the Progressive Republicans are worse. If they are representing conservative Americans then we have NO representation whatsoever!!!

  • Marky_D

    I can’t recall the amount of times I have been in a pub or a shop and seen a tin on the counter for collecting funds to send a sick person to the US for treatment unavailable on the NHS.

    I’ll bet you guys on your side of the pond are constantly seeing collection tins to send the sick to the UK to have treatment on the NHS that’s unavailable stateside right?

    Didn’t think so.

    Hoping you guys can beat this trash – with whatever strategy, though from what I’m seeing it looks like public opinion has been galvanised thanks to Ted Cruz and co.

    • DunthorpeMD

      There is one thing we would like to send back to you …his name is Piers Morgan… and he is just like a disease

  • 1tootall

    He IS the face of establishment GOP. This is the exact thought process we get from the RNC, and then, when confronted and outed, like the Dems, they talk over you!! This is exactly how they are dealing with the mess. They are like the militia going after the British regulars. It doesn’t end well in that scenario. No vision. No balls. No passion. No strategy. No class.

    • LoJoFo

      No victory. No survival. For anyone.

  • 1tootall

    contrast Johnson’s demeanor with Lee, Cruz, Palin, or any other true Conservative. What a shame.

  • Chester Simms

    There were probably more than a few would-be politicians who put their fingers to the wind and saw the way things were going–the growing popularity of the Tea Party–and jumped on the band wagon.

  • Philo Beddoe

    Ron Johnson won’t be reelected. He spent $9 million of his own money to get into the club and wants to stay there.

    A Rino opportunist to say the least

    • Bruno_Behrend

      Nonsense.

      I’ve met Johnson, and he is the real deal. Some people bloviate, others have to take responsibility.

      The penchant of the conservative movement to kill anyone who goes out of their narrow definition of “perfect” smacks of the same activists who purged the Dems of any moderates in the 70s and 80s.

      Johnson agrees with Levin on almost everything save strategy and this makes EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVILLLLLLLLL!!

      What childishness. What silliness.

      Let Levin give up the pampered comfort of a radio show and run for Senate. See how well he does.

      I’m as conservative as anyone on this page. I simply choose not to run off a cliff.

      • Nitnyline

        What is he doing then? He says he goes back to WI and “hammers” on Obamacare then goes to DC and sits on his hands. How does this get rid of Obamacare? It doesn’t it leaves Obamacare intact and lets him claim he is the vote against Obamacare. That’s called having it both ways Bruno and he can’t have it both ways!

        • LoJoFo

          Yes, he’s all wrong. The People need national leaders–those willing to lead the NATION: People who speak the truth and light the way thereby. One cannot “lead” without making a sound and expect others to follow. Not everyone, however, can lead in the authentic way I have mentioned; but they can sure as he!! support their real leaders or get the he!! out of the way! Ron Johnson seems to have done neither. He is guilty, and he knows it; this is why he is trying so hard to justify himself. He needs to shut up and get in line. Currently, he is contributing nothing to the conversation.

          • Bruno_Behrend

            “Shut up and get in line”

            The last refuge of the person unable to address issues.

            “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”

            You’re no different from the “establishment GOP,” All Hail the DIKTATs from Comrade Levin.

            What crap.

            • LoJoFo

              What issue would you like to discuss?

              • Bruno_Behrend

                The derangement of the conservative movement, perhaps?

                Kidding aside, The Dem’s CR enshrines the Ryan spending levels. The debt ceiling could have led to a stronger sequester or, better yet, a shift to entitlement cuts.

                All of this is now lost, as the Cruz faction has led the GOP into a no-win corner. It isn’t that I disagree with conservative goals.

                Temper tantrums aren’t a strategy. Demands you can’t enforce are a joke.

                Absent the Senate, there is no “defunding ObamaCare.” There never was. Anyone who says otherwise is simply wrong.

                Not wrong on policy, but reality.

                • WesMar856

                  No, not lost, the issues remain, we remain, what are you talking about lost? You are lost? I am not lost, we can and will resist.

          • Optimus_Maximus

            Johnson’s either an idiot, or he’s been told to toe the RHINO Establishment line, and is complying. Mark’s right, Johnson has no strategy, and all the current energy is the direct result of Cruz’s fight/strategy.
            You get the entire country’s attention by Cruz’s arguments made in DC, on the talk shows, on the Sunday morning shows, AND by showing a unified front. You pound the message that the repubs will fund everything BUT Obamacare, so the shutdown blame is accurately laid at the feet of Reed, Obama, and Pelosi.
            THAT is how you get pressure on the red state dem Senators up for re-election.
            Talking to the folks back home in Wisconsin does zilch, nada to ratchet up that pressure. Johnson talks about a circular firing squad, but doesn’t seem to realize he’s one of the prime shooters. The amazing thing is that Boehner hasn’t yet folded, but I’m sadly confident he will.

      • john james

        No you are NOT.

  • DavidRobertson

    Lots of stuttering. Bottom Line – You will NEVER hear the Democrats go on talk shows and demean their colleagues. They stand shoulder to shoulder to a fault. It’s actually quite a sight to see them put away all principles and stand together on really dumb things.
    Not saying Republicans should put sticking together above their own principles, but no principles are being trampled here. Republicans don’t stick together at all. It’s equally amazing to watch them snipe each other and then wonder why they lose so much.

  • Jasper Silvis

    Here’s the real issue. Sen. Ron Johnson was asked by Mark Levin several times what his strategy is to repeal Obamacare. The one answer he gave was that he did not want to tell Mark because he did not want the Democrats to hear it as well.

    WHAT!?!?!?

    That tells me that his strategy is not sound and not vetted among his own allies in the senate. If he is afraid that democrats will attack and rip his plan apart, then that tells me his plan, his strategy, is not ready. And if his strategy is not ready to be open to the public, including democrats, then he HAS NO STRATEGY. A strategy that is not openly expressed to the public is not a strategy, like a man who hits a woman is not a man.

    He should be able to debate his strategy against anyone, whether a democrat or Mark Levin. Afraid to tell Mark his strategy is a wussy maneuver.

  • Giordano_Bruno

    Ron Johnson has become lazy. He has reduced his office to psuedo-conservative celebrity championing the status quo, instead of being a conservative activist for liberty! Proof? Look at his Facebook page — one cliched photograph after another.
    A suit-and-tie glad-handing other suit-and-ties. He just doesn’t get it!

  • phil

    i wish rubio/Ryan will get the same treatment for the amnesty fraud….

  • atrain68

    Epic is an understatement. In the private sector if you do not do your job, you get directly challenged with pointed and reasonable questions. Senator Ron Johnson crumbled and showed he is not the man for the job.

  • Nitnyline

    I’ve listened to this several times to try and understand just what this Johnson was saying I come away with this; “I talk about repealing Obamacare in WI but when I get back to DC I do nothing.” Do I have it about right?

  • kong1967

    I’m sure Johnson is looking at the polls and seeing that Republicans are getting the vast majority of the blame for the shutdown, which is what I originally was worried about because it translates into votes.

    However, there’s a plus in our corner. People think we are a**es when they believe Obamacare is nothing but roses. But they come into contact with reality this year before the elections. They will want to stop the bill because they won’t like what they see. Who is pushing the fight to do that? Republicans. We could win a lot of people over before the elections.

  • DebbyX

    Tomorrow I’ll be picking up the paperwork to get OUT of the Repub. party. There are too few good ones left and the rest should just pack their bags and move to the other side of the aisle!

  • William Locke

    People need to remember that Ted Cruz is the GOP frontrunner because the GOP base views him as one of the very few politicians who represent them.

  • LoJoFo

    This guy is scared to death. It’s obvious he knows he’s wrong, because he keeps interrupting and talking fast, as if he’s trying to sell something.

    • 57thunderbird

      Yep.Agree.I didn’t get but a few minutes into the first video to hear the fear in his voice.Stammering and stuttering.What a worthless POS.

  • Laura Thompson

    Johnson doesn’t have a leg to stand on and he knows it. When Levine said if all Republican senators had stood shoulder to shoulder during the filibuster, the point was oh so real. It would have made an incredible statement first to the American people and 2nd to the senate democrats. Those who are wavering on the democrat side would have seen that as a symbol of strength and perhaps, just perhaps would have finally seen their constituents for a change and voted with the House. Both houses CAN override a veto.

  • David Jenkins

    He has no strategy,keep spending the 3 trillion year pal.

  • USMC 64-68

    Johnson is as two-faced as a progressive democrat. And he shows the lack of spine of the RINOs.

    • disqus_xwt6laZzOt

      RIGHT ON!!! I thought Ron Johnson was going to represent the people.
      He got bought off….totally disappointed. Just wait ’til next election
      – he won’t be my choice.

    • Bruno_Behrend

      This is an example of the idiocy of the so-called “hard right.”

      It isn’t really “right” or “conservative” at all, but merely reactive, angry and thoughtless. “I’m mad as hell and not going to take it anymore” isn’t a strategy, it’s a temper tantrum.

      I’ve met Johnson, and spoken to him at length. While this wasn’t his best interview, he’s the real deal. Unlike Cruz, he has to win and keep power in a purple state.

      Losing elections doesn’t uphold ANY *^%#^^&$@#%*))&%$ principle. It just means losing!

      Levin is a talk show host who drives listeners to mostly bogus advertisers hawking drivel. Johnson is a senator who actually got elected to office.

      There isn’t even a comparison between the two. Levin couldn’t win a senate seat in Texas.

      As someone who has been fighting the corrupt Republican Establishment in IL for at least a decade, it’s embarrassing to see so many decent people driven to apoplexy by an unaccountable gaggle of spewing talk-mongers.

      Thank you for your service, BTW. My son is Marine.

      • USMC 64-68

        Yeah, I reacted to Johnson’s mumbling, stumbling, no strategy but I’ll stab my brother in the back interview.

        Another reaction prompted by his unwillingness to fight, to take a stand and be counted, oh, yeah, he was willing to fight, if he could get just 5 democrats to fight with him.

        That reminds me of the order given at Bunker Hill: “Don’t fire until we can get five more redcoats on our side…”

        As for your assessments of me – you can shove them where the sun doesn’t shine – that’s what they’re worth.

        • WesMar856

          That pretty much sums it up! Looks like we might have chewed on some of the same mud. Semper Fi.

          • USMC 64-68

            Semper Fi brother.

      • sandra

        I would vote Democrat to get my republican Senator Cornyn out of office. Yes, they need to lose. The left doesn’t fight like gentlemen and we shouldn’t either.

        • Bruno_Behrend

          The derangement of the right is complete.

          • sandra

            You’re a democrat, right? No, you’re a progressive….. that’s it.

            • Bruno_Behrend

              Actually no, you ninny.

              I just took this survey, and it called me a Talk Radio nutjob.

              http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/ideological-spectrum-1113#slide-1

              What the survey shows, is that the nation is pretty darned centrist, which is my point.

              I’m REEEAALLY conservative. My problem is that I’m sick of a bunch of hotheads who think WINNING is…

              punching the democrats in the knee with their groin…

              and then getting mad at me for not being as ridiculous as they are.

              If that concept can’t sink in to the rabidly angry right that only wants to foam at the mouth, then there isn’t much I can do.

              I’ve been conservative libertarian since my early 20s and I’m 53. What I am not….is stupid.

              The shutdown was stupid.

              Johnson won an election in a bluish purple state. Levin hawks gold scams and makes a living off of making people angry.

              • sandra

                I’m not a ninny, you will stay a loser just like the republicans who will not fight back. Surrender is their way, all they want to do is discuss a plan. A plan, another plan. Whatever! They don’t have a plan and they are weak, I am sick of waiting on them to do what they were elected to do. Fight back!

                • Bruno_Behrend

                  Sorry for the name calling, but I’m not a Progressive.

                  I don’t know what else to say other than we (our side) is actually doing better than you think.

                  I’m less distraught. Relax. Enjoy life while you fight for what is right, and be positive, not angry.

  • Duck

    We have GOT to do a better job of weeding out these limp wristed cowards posing as Tea Party Candidates. No wonder we are getting decimated by the Democrats. He and Pelosi have something in common….we have to pass the bill to read the bill or in Johnson’s case we have to pass the bill before we can defund it.,,,,what a disgusting sell out!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeff

    Ron Johnson: The story of a weak, fearful, stupid man being manhandled by his intellectual superiors.

  • Guest

    Bruno_Behrend is a troll and a drone. Don’t feed him.

  • Charles Whiteman

    Bruno_Behrend is a troll and a pseudo intellectual. He’s really only here to cut Mark down with empty accusations and to talk down to us listeners. Mark makes his own money with well written books and a very professional and honest radio show, could go on and on about the accomplishments he’s achieved in his life but I won’t. He’s a no bullshit type of human and he has my utmost respect.