Sen. Ron Johnson (Genius-WI) isn’t just the dimmest bulb in the Senate firmament, he’s up there with the most deplorable. By now you’ve probably heard how he explained Sen. John McCain’s decision to cast the deciding vote that defeated Trumpcare in the Senate. That’s right, Johnson implied McCain was impaired by the brain tumor he had been treated for the week before the vote.
“Again, I’m not gonna speak for John McCain,” Johnson went on. “You know, he has a brain tumor right now ― that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning ― some of that might have factored in,” he continued.
“Really?” one of the interviewers said. “You really think that that played a factor in his judgment call?”
“Again, I don’t know exactly what―we really thought that―and again, I don’t want to speak for any senator. I really thought John was going to vote yes to send that to conference at 10:30 at night,” Johnson said. “By about 1, 1:30, he voted no. So you’d have to talk to John about what was on his mind.”
Asked about the comments, the McCain camp responded that Johnson’s comments were “bizarre and deeply unfortunate.” As is the fact that Johnson is actually serving in the Senate, but the good people of Wisconsin have probably felt enough remorse over that so we don’t need to pile on.
Johnson has walked back his comments, saying “In no way was I trying to criticize him. If anything, I was trying to defend his position.” That was after his first statement of remorse, a perfect example of the Republican non-apology apology, with a twist you could only expect from such a brain: “I’m disappointed I didn’t more eloquently express my sympathy for what Sen. McCain is going through.”
Join the club, Senator Johnson. We’re all disappointed in you. Every day.