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As if Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson (R-TeaBaggerstein) didn't weep enough crocodile tears (and whine about being a victim of "environmental jihad") after their first ad, the League of Conservation Voters is now running a second ad:

He's gonna need another box of tissues.

Here's their first ad that had him crying:

Yes, he's a notorious climate change denier, happy to proclaim it long and loud in front of his Tea Party audiences, but shhhhhh, don't broadcast that to the general voting public.  It gives him butthurt.

New new ad is extra juicy as it includes his over-the-top reaction to their first ad.  It continues to feature the largess he receives from the fossil fuel industry.  

I haven't seen any reaction yet from Johnson, but I can only assume it will again feature more claims of victimization as well as demonization of environmentalists. His reaction to the last one - claiming to be a victim of "environmental jihad" had a lot of entertainment value.  

The League has said that it's starting early identifying Johnson as an enemy of the environment.  He isn't up for re-election until 2016.

Keep if up!  It's helpful in the land where our news comes from Pravda.



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Originally posted to Puddytat on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM PDT.

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  •  Poor Ron (44+ / 0-)

    He prefers peddling his propaganda without the interference of facts, truth, and reality.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 12:36:44 PM PDT

  •  DESTROY Ron Johnson (15+ / 0-)

    And put Russ Feingold back in as U.S. Senator.  Don't know what the hell Wisconsin voters were thinking by voting Ron Johnson in.  Feingold was a popular Senator even in 2010.

    •  I can tell you what happened (15+ / 0-)

      We have awful media that never questioned Johnson.  In fact, they HID his Tea Party connections, history of supporting pedophile priests, and use of prison labor at his plastics factory.   They allowed him to tell the "lie" of being a "self-made man" (he wasn't - he married the daughter of a rich man who bought him his factory and then became his #1 customer).

      Johnson also dumped a shitload of his own money into ads proclaiming his obsession with creating jobs, jobs, jobs in Wisconsin while letting RW astroturf groups lie about Russ Feingold who was incredibly outspent.

      Add to that independents, rare voters and young people not voting and you have the recipe for the Red Tide that swept in Johnson, Scott Walker, and a Republican legislative majority.  

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 12:59:28 PM PDT

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      •  That was indeed a huge part of it. However, the (6+ / 0-)

        other part is that the ads for the Democrats running were shitty.  Purely shitty.  Being huge supporters of the Dems, I still found the ads shitty.  While the rethug ads were hard hitting, if totally dishonest.

        I have to admit, I don't find this ad particularly good, either.  The idea is good, but the guy talking is dull, dull, dull and what he's saying is not that terribly much more catchy.  It's more likely to put you to sleep than get you revved up.

        The Dems need to find some GOOD marketing teams.  The ones they've been using, especially in Wisconsin, stink.

        •  I'd like to see charasmatic candidates, too (6+ / 0-)

          along with great campaigns.  It would fire up the voters.  New leadership and a more progressive direction would certainly help.

          The ad, though, while dull, does its job - informing the public that Johnson is an extremist - something our media doesn't do.  They're far too corporate and way too Republican friendly.  They distort the facts about the GOPers to make them look good.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 01:13:07 PM PDT

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        •  Get the guys behind Rob Zerban's 2012 campaign (6+ / 0-)

          In fact, why not have Rob Zerban run for Governor instead of for Congress?

          Well, Paul Ryan still has to be taken down and Zerban got nearly 45% against Ryan in 2012.

          Ok.  Where are our wimpy Democrats now?  So scared to run against the big, bad Scott Walker?

          •  I've heard that Zerban might be taking on (3+ / 0-)
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            Ryan again.  Yeah, that national outing that the media gave Ryan in 2012 wasn't good for his "image" as a nice moderate guy back home.

            There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

            by Puddytat on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 01:51:03 PM PDT

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            •  No news as of lately on Zerban's front (4+ / 0-)

              But he is still doing the exploratory committee thing for his Congressional campaign, which basically means he'll be running in 2014.  I don't understand why the hell exploratory committees are necessary but I guess they work.  In Congressional campaigns, I think Rob Zerban should just run already and end the exploratory phase already.

              I think Zerban knows that he has to run again because with Paul Ryan still being Congressman in the WI-01 Congressional District, nothing is changing.

              Rob Zerban:

              •  "Exploratory Committees" exist to check out (3+ / 0-)
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                rubyr, Sand Hill Crane, buffie

                financing.  Zerban should run - he's got name recognition now and Paul Ryan keeps putting his foot in his mouth.

                There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

                by Puddytat on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 02:32:45 PM PDT

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                •  His Facebook page seems to be on fire (3+ / 0-)
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                  He's got over 9,000 Likes so clearly there's no reason why he shouldn't be running.  He can already maintain the same level of support and get more in 2014.


                  Check the June 21st post on the Facebook page and you'll see the following:

                  Congressman Mark Pocan and I at the Congressional Progressive Caucus rollout of the Raise Up America campaign at Netroots Nation. He's trying to convince me to run. #nn13
                  Naturally, the comments section was on fire.  :)
                  Roy F Taylor Rob, please listen to Mark!!! Pleeeeeezzzzeeeee!!!
                  Like · Reply · 5 · June 21 at 4:24pm

                  Kelly Sullivan Keep running until you win! We need you!
                  Like · Reply · 5 · June 21 at 4:02pm via mobile

                  Carl Nyberg Dear Rob Zerban, please get your peeps to the Democracy For America Campaign Academy in Chicago, July 6-7. See

                  Campaign Academy in Chicago, IL
                  Democracy for America is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom up.
                  Like · Reply · 1 · June 21 at 8:23pm

                  Jim Frisque Run, Rob, Run!
                  Like · Reply · 1 · June 21 at 6:35pm via mobile

                  Tony Taylor Run Rob Run!!!!!
                  Like · Reply · 1 · June 21 at 5:54pm

                  Liz Newton Please say yes!
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 4:11pm

                  Bj Shawd Rob, you HAVE to run & get rid of Ryan for us!! (smile)
                  Like · Reply · June 22 at 12:56pm

                  LaVern Isely I hope you run. We need Rep Paul Ryan to become unemployed.
                  Like · Reply · June 22 at 11:43am

                  Pat Eisenbart Sammataro Much as I'd like to see you beat Paul Ryan, I think you'd make a great candidate for governor. We need someone who will not been seen as a Madison liberal or a government insider. Wisconsin needs you.
                  Like · Reply · June 22 at 8:09am

                  Tyson Froh Why not run. ?
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 7:54pm

                  Allen Pearson Run!
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 7:12pm

                  Daniel Letizia please run and run for governor please
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 6:39pm

                  Dick Ehlert You must replace Paul Ryan!
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 6:33pm

                  Phyllis Pitsch Listen to him Rob!
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 4:30pm via mobile

                  Gregory Insure You Eastman We need you to beat Paul Ryan, Please Please run again!!
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 4:19pm

                  John Jenks Me too! Run Rob Run!
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 4:18pm

                  Jeremy Zajac Run! And hire me, I'll get Paul Ryan to vote for you.
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 4:10pm

                  Chris McCabe Do it!! Do it!!
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 4:07pm

                  Richard Billups PLEASE????
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 4:05pm

                  Judith Howard Run!!!!!
                  Like · Reply · June 21 at 4:33pm

                  Progressives At Work You're Country needs you!
                  Like · Reply · 1 · June 21 at 4:23pm via

        •  This ad isn't paid for by the Democratic Party (1+ / 0-)
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          This ad was paid for by the League of Conservation Voters. In some states that might translate to a membership of mostly Democrats, but in places like Wisconsin that translates to the whole range of voters including Independents and Republicans. The League of Conservation Voters membership includes people who hunt, fish and trap animals plus the folks who like looking at animals and walking around in nature.

          The range of their membership probably explains why the League went for the "scary" voiced announcer, the scary images and including the US military in the list of agencies that believe in climate change. I don't know where they are showing it, but if RoJo is unhappy, then I'm guessing they have it on the Green Bay TV market which would cover his home turf.

          "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

          by Sand Hill Crane on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 10:51:59 PM PDT

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      •  DESTROY the media (2+ / 0-)
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        Take it down and install real media.  :)

      •  Right wing straight ticket voting (5+ / 0-)

        In the SE corner of WI where I mistakenly retired, I doubt very much that the prevailing Tea Party type Republicans looked at candidates individually or knew anything more about them than the lies they heard on talk radio or Fox News. The newspapers are biased toward Republicans, but at least in my small community a very small number of people get a newspaper delivered anyway, and a significant drive would be required to go buy one; so I think many people voted to support Tea Party views or to continue in their family's straight Republican tradition.  There is a southern feel to this working class area where the Country Thunder concert event is held, and guns, hunting, Nascar, and pick-up trucks are big. Paul Ryan is my congressman, and, with most of my neighbors high school graduates not into reading,  I would guess that ideas were not what got him elected either, as it would be very surprising to me if people knew what it means to be a fan of Ayn Rand or if they understood his budget.

        In a community where probably a good many don't believe in evolution or care about environmental science, the only way the climate change denial charge against Johnson would register would be if the farmers hurt economically in the last few years are beginning to pay attention.  That could be, as last year's drought resulted in massive crop loss and no food for dairy cows, so that herds were sold or sent to greener farms farther north.  This year's late and very wet start to summer and planting, and the current drought, may get people to wake up.

        •  Our media is horrible (1+ / 0-)
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          Outside of ads, all we have is word of mouth.  Talking neighbor to neighbor, to folks at the stores (progressive buttons worn on a shirt or coat start many conversations), and just spreading the word is what we have.  

          The RW has a huge media to spread their propaganda, huge high powered radio stations and corporate media.  We've got us and, believe it or not, we outnumber them.  

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 01:59:35 PM PDT

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        •  Not necessarily... (3+ / 0-)

          SE Wisconsin isn't the place you believe it to be. Ryan did not carry that part of Rock County he calls home. He did not carry his home town of Janesville, and even failed to win his own ward. That is to say, even his own neighbors wouldn't vote for him. If Republican redistricting had not given him a bigger piece of urban, upscale, conservative Waukesha County, he would have lost the election.

          The problem in Wisconsin is the same as elsewhere in the country: Republican gerrymandering and massive amounts of corporate money has completely destroyed what little democracy we had left.

          In their eyes there's something lacking; what they need's a damn good whacking.

          by Mad City 67 on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 04:17:58 PM PDT

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  •  Elected teabaggers in swing or blueish states... (9+ / 0-)

    ...need to be called out for their nutbaggery early, often, and publicly.  The general electorate of these states needs to be reminded how their extreme positions represent an ideology, not a state.  And how they are an off-year-election-mistake that needs to be corrected as soon as possible.

    Good on the LCV for doing this and bringing RJ's environmental record front and center. It's a playbook that needs to be repeated with Toomey in PA, LePage in ME, Scott and Rubio in FL, and Kasich in OH.  And others.

  •  Dum (4+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, Puddytat, rubyr, isewquilts2

    Ron Johnson is not popular even with his bagger 'peers' in
    Washington for reasons including his ignorance and his unfortunate personality.  But his election campaign effectively targeted his real peers here in Wisconsin - the ignorant, uninformed/ misinformed and just plain stoopid.  

    We won't reach those folks unless we produce ads that they can relate to.  No preaching, no eddicating, just simple-minded slogans using buzzwords that they relate to (but don't understand) and which we use to support OUR positions and candidates.

    For example, the ads above expected the viewer to link cause and effect and that's asking too much.  They also bring up "Freedom," "liberty," "bad for huntin' and fishin,' etc.   They could now trash Johnson directly for being a "Washington insider' and in the pay of "out-of-state interests."  Just some examples that come to mind from their own playbook....

    WHEN are Dems going to hire competent professionals who know even just the basics of PR?

    •  His campaign would have been laughed at (2+ / 0-)
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      if the media hadn't hidden his past and had actually asked him some questions - including his ties to the Tea Baggers.  

      Yes, I'd like the Dems to get their act together.  They need to - big time!  Even today there isn't a single Dem in our legislature even talking about the need to restore collective bargaining rights or about how state workers get 1% raises (which will mostly get sucked back in pay for benefits) when Walker cronies get massive, likely illegal pay increases.

      The Dems have to stop putting info on their web site and sending out fundraising emails and start actually fighting back.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 02:03:20 PM PDT

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