You may recall that one of the women elected to the Senate last Tuesday is Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, and Congress’s first openly gay woman.
Wisconsin’s other Senator is Ron Johnson, a Tea Party Republican whose claims to fame include attributing global warming to “sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time” and opposing a state bill that would have eliminated the statute of limitations for people who were sexually abused as children – you know, so that once they grew up and learned about laws and stuff, they could help put pedophiles in jail. Didn’t think that was a good idea. (He’s also anti gay marriage and pro life, which probably goes without saying.)
His response to Baldwin’s election was to tell the Associated Press that he looked forward to explaining the federal budget to her. (In the same interview, he blamed Obama’s re-election on an ignorant electorate.)
Here’s Baldwin’s response:
“I was a double major in college in mathematics and political science, and I served for six years on the House Budget Committee in my first six years in the House… I am very confident that when proposals come before the U.S. Senate, I will be able to evaluate them as to how they benefit or harm middle-class Wisconsinites. A yardstick of ‘does it create jobs,’ ‘does it lower the deficit’ and ‘does it help grow the middle class’ is an important one. I’m quite confident that I have those abilities.”
Tammy Baldwin, I think we’re gonna get along juuuust fine.