June 1, 2014
PUTTING AWAY CHILDISH THINGS:
Conservative Senator Kicks Tea Party to the Curb (David Freedlander, 5/31/14, Daily Beast)
Posted by Orrin Judd at June 1, 2014 9:21 AMAt the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this week, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson tried to distance himself from the Tea Party groups that helped elect him in 2010.If Ron Johnson was running any faster from the Tea Party he'd leave skid marks.Back in 2010, the Wisconsin senator was one of the Tea Party's first candidates. His upset victory over incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold in that deep purple swing state was seen as proof that a new brand of conservatism was on the march.But Johnson, a businessman and political novice when he was first elected, told reporters at a gathering of grassroots conservatives activists in New Orleans this week that it may be time for that march to slow down."I think the conservative movement may just be maturing a little bit."