“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
The 2022 midterms have Democrats so scared they’re desperately looking for bright spots—and they think they’ve decided to focus all their energy on the one race they think they can win.
It’s not an election most people have their eyes on, but Democrats can’t stop salivating over it–or spending money on it.
It’s Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s seat in Wisconsin. And if he’s replaced, it will be a major coup for Democrats.
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Democrats despise Ron Johnson—a plainspoken conservative whose truth bombs cut through Democratic propaganda.
“He is pretty much the manifestation of Donald Trump for 2022,” said Tom Nelson, one of around a dozen Democrats vying for the chance to take on Johnson in November.
Ron Johnson has spent his time as a senator “peddling conspiracy theories” and “calling on the GOP to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” said another Democratic Senate candidate, Wisconsin State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski.
For all their talk, the are two reasons Democrats really hate Ron Johnson so much. First of all, he owns “their” Senate seat. Democrats held Johnson’s seat so long, they think they’re entitled to it. But then Johnson came along during the Tea Party wave of 2010 and knocked off one of the liberals’ biggest heroes, Russ Feingold—and in their rematch at the end of his first term, he did it again. They want revenge for Johnson claiming a seat they think is rightfully theirs.
Second of all, not only does he occupy “their” Senate seat as a Republican, but he’s an America First Republican who tells the truth. He said some of Wisconsin’s 2020 election shenanigans seemed fishy. He said the COVID nonsense was overblown—and warned Democrats want to lock us down again. He condemned the Jan. 6 rioters but said the vast majority of people at the earlier rally “loved America”… and that America would have to worry if “those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters” outside the Capitol.
So, the Democrats are all in.
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The Democratic frontrunner, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, is heavily favored to win the Democratic primary, which is scheduled for Aug. 9.
Right now, Johnson looks to be in a dead heat against Barnes, with the two exactly tied in the polls... but 2022 is going to be tough for everybody.
Wisconsin, once one of the bluest states in the country, has become the definition of a swing state. The two parties have traded control of the governor’s mansion and the Electoral College. Donald Trump won Wisconsin in 2016 by 0.8 percent of the vote—that’s 23,000 votes. The official count in 2020 showed Joe Biden winning Wisconsin by an even slimmer margin—less than 20,000 votes.
Democrats who want to make the state blue again have painted a big red target on Johnson’s back. Democrats say they’ll spend nine figures on the 2022 Wisconsin Senate race… and outside groups have spent $5.3 million on anti-Johnson ads since January.
But so far, the Democratic National Committee has only announced a few thousand dollars on 15-second YouTube ads, ripping Johnson for opposing the “Affordable Care Act.”
That’s right—Democrats are so out of touch that they think you love Obamacare and will punish Johnson for voting against it.
But Democrats know they’re in trouble. The number of Wisconsin’s registered voters who belong to or lean toward the Democratic Party fell five points between 2007 and 2014, according to the Pew Research Center.
Wisconsin voters aren’t buying what Democrats are selling (especially around Kenosha), but they’re listening to Donald Trump—and Ron Johnson.
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Republicans aren’t taking anything for granted. “I think Ron Johnson probably has the hardest state,” admitted Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
“Any time you expect to get $100 million or more spent against you, there’s a high level of concern,” Wisconsin Republican strategist Bill McCoshen told The Hill.
Johnson’s campaign is ready for everything the Democrats throw at him—and they already know most of what’s in store: “They will continue to lie about and distort his record and take everything he says out of context to falsely portray his stance on the issues,” said Sen. Johnson’s spokeswoman, Jane Wilkins.
“His biggest challenges will be the massive spending by liberal outside groups and the partisan liberal media that advocates for Democrats by pushing the radical left’s message and agenda.”
Sen. Ron Johnson plans to win the 2022 midterms the same way he’s won every other race: “work hard and simply tell the truth,” said Wilkins.
At The Horn, we know how much liberals hate people who tell the truth.
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Ron Johnson won’t stop—and neither will we.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”