Wednesday in Whitewater will be sunny with high of 84. Sunrise is 6:19 AM and sunset 7:30 PM for 13h 10m 44s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 17.1% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1939, Nazi Germany mounts a false flag attack on the Gleiwitz radio station, creating an excuse to attack Poland the following day, thus starting World War II in Europe.
Wisconsin has two United States senators, and so Whitewater, Wisconsin has two United States senators. (The conservative populists in Whitewater want to talk about national issues until they don’t, after which they insist opportunistically that only hyperlocal discussions matter.)
As it is, one of our U.S. senators is Ron Johnson, a conspiracy theorist, showing sympathy to Russia, and supportive of those engaged in attempted coup against the constitutionally-elected government. Johnson is so sympathetic that he hired one of the bogus electors that coup-plotters organized to submit a fraudulent set of electoral votes from Wisconsin.
Lawrence Andrea reports One of Wisconsin’s Republican false electors is working for Ron Johnson’s reelection campaign:
For months, Sen. Ron Johnson has drawn scrutiny for his office’s role in attempting to deliver false packets of electors to former Vice President Mike Pence on Jan. 6.
While the Oshkosh Republican continues to downplay his office’s connection to the effort, saying his participation lasted just seconds, one of Wisconsin’s false electors has been working on Johnson’s reelection campaign.
Pam Travis, one of 10 Wisconsin Republicans who signed official-looking paperwork falsely claiming to be a presidential elector in 2020, has been a full-time staffer on Johnson’s competitive reelection bid since March 2022, according to the woman’s LinkedIn profile.
Federal Election Commission reports indicate Johnson’s campaign paid Travis more than $10,200 for her work since April, and the campaign reimbursed Travis for just over $3,500 in mileage costs between May and July.
Johnson will tell his supporters that this election is a context between “Freedom and Socialism.” Indeed, he will probably “spend the next two months going on about the supposed contrast between Freedom and Socialism / Communism / Marxism / Leninism / Syndicalism, etc.” The gullible won’t bother to consult even a dictionary to distinguish between these terms, let alone a proper political science text. It’s a stew of superficiality.
It’s a spew-any-term-or-slogan strategy, however manipulatively used and ignorantly accepted. It’s rally-the-base-or-perish, as he’s nowhere else turn.
Concerning Johnson, however, it’s not enough for reasonable people to turn away from him. It’s necessary that they should lawfully turn against him, each doing his or her part to bring about his defeat.