Who be these con-serv-a-tives?

By now it is a nearly hoary adage that liberals seldom bother to read conservative books or listen to conservative ideas. And, yet, we are struck anew every time we encounter the startled bemusement of a media type who encounters an actual conservative thought… and finds it strange and marvelous.

And so it is with the coverage of a recent speech by Senator Ron Johnson.

Since his election in November 2010, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has assiduously avoided covering much of what Senator Johnson does and says, even though he is now the state’s senior senator. So that may explain this blog report from columnist David Umhoefer, who seems genuinely surprised to unearth a "little noticed" speech in which Senator Ron Johnson says his goal for the federal government was to "dismantle that beast." This was followed by an equally puzzling utterance:

Government is "not here to solve our problems," Johnson said.

Of course, Umhoefer need not have relied on this video to uncover the fact that Johnson harbors such exotic views.

He could have spent 10 minutes talking with him. 

Or any other conservative since Ronald Reagan… heck, since Thomas Hobbes wrote Leviathan. 

As usual, therefore, you are better off actually watching what Johnson said than the gloss that a reporter puts on it:

 You can watch the whole speech here.

Senator Ron Johnson from DHFC on Vimeo.