to a President who sought to overthrow the 2020 election might have missed his weekend swerve into science fiction.
No, it was not the first time he looked to the stars and reached a bizarre conclusion:
Sunspots are behind climate change, Johnson says
Also, there's no evidence that Johnson showed up at his party's Wisconsin Dells convention after watching videos of UFOs which is suddenly a thing to do on Capitol Hill.
It seems Johnson decided to dress-and-sum up an attack on his critics with an homage to the 1997 sci-fi film "Contact" - a book by scientist and philosopher Carl Sagan.
At WI convention, Ron Johnson calls for GOP to 'take back our culture'
The film was thought-provoking, and lead actor Jodie Foster who played a scientist amid other scientists, was terrific.
I did a modest search on Google for lines from the film or elsewhere from Sagan which approached Johnson's appropriation; perhaps Team Johnson was referencing Sagan's famous tiny "Pale Blue Dot."
But it's brutally paradoxical that a politician as contemptuous of science as is Johnson - remember that after his convention speech he made this news -
Fact check: Sen. Ron Johnson (again) misleads on vaccines and reported deaths
- would try and align himself with a thinker like Carl Sagan who understood precisely why science is valuable and how it should be applied in the public sphere:
“Science is a way to call the bluff of those who only pretend to knowledge… It can tell us when we’re being lied to. It provides a mid-course correction to our mistakes.”
And I did find in my Google search a link to something Sagan wrote which points to the place in contemporary politics which Johnson has carved out for himself, to Wisconsin's shame:
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”