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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

News Roundup for 7/28/10

Poster of man holding gaspump nozzle to his head like a gun
Johnson for Senate yard sign

-Headline of the day-
"GOPer Ron Johnson: I'll Eventually Sell My BP Stock -- When The Market's Better."

Did you know we had teabaggers in Wisconsin? We do! Which is weird, because everyone around here is all about beer (it made Milwaukee famous!). Maybe tea's a hangover cure... I've never tried it. I prefer Gatorade for that. Or more beer.

Anyway, GOP senate hopeful Ron Johnson is a teabagger and he's running against Russ Feingold. Things have been going OK for Ron so far -- Russ 42%, Ron 40% -- but it's really anybody's game at this point. So the key here is not to screw up!

Which kind of might be what Ron just did. Speaking to the local political news site, Johnson was asked about being a gazillionaire and whether he planned on selling any of his BP stock.

"I think that'll eventually happen, but I'm going to do it based on market conditions," Ron said. "I'm going to have to finance this campaign. At some point in time to get my message out, that'll probably happen." See, if he sells that stock now, he'll take a bath -- like an oil-covered pelican. So he's going to wait until this whole oil gusher kerfuffle blows over, then he'll lose the stock and maybe make a pretty penny off it while he's at it. Pretty shrewd, huh?

Analysts say no, it's not pretty shrewd. "Ron Johnson... might not fully grasp the concept of dumping one's stock holdings for political reasons," writes Talking Points Memo's Erik Kleefeld.

But he fully grasps those stocks. Just try prying them away from him. (Talking Points Memo)

-Johnson's problem demonstrated-
Here's a Russ Feingold ad:

Did Russ just cut that ad in response to Johnson's BP stock story? No, it's been running for a couple weeks now.

Way to put out that fire, Ron. (Russ Feingold)

-Bonus HotD-
"Kenyan gets 14 years for sex with donkey; blames devil."

He ought to move to Florida. Totally legal there, because they have family values. (Raw Story)

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