Sen. Ron Johnson offers to mansplain the budget to Tammy Baldwin

The Wisconsin Republican condescends to congratulate Baldwin

Published November 8, 2012 10:06PM (EST)

 Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.               (Facebook/senronjohnson)
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. (Facebook/senronjohnson)

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., offered to help out his new colleague, Democrat Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin, by explaining the federal budget thing and how it works.

"Hopefully I can sit down and lay out for her my best understanding of the federal budget because they're simply the facts," he told the Chippewa Herald. "Hopefully she'll agree with what the facts are and work toward common sense solutions."

He also offered this explanation for Obama's win: "If you aren't properly informed, if you don't understand the problems facing this nation, you are that much more prone to falling prey to demagoguing solutions. And the problem with demagoguing solutions is they don't work," Johnson said. "I am concerned about people who don't fully understand the very ugly math we are facing in this country."

By Jillian Rayfield

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