A suggestion: don't get your hopes up that Ron Johnson is growing a heart.
His objections to the bill so far appear to be procedural, and he's on the record parsing what the word "cut" means when it comes to extracting hundreds of billions of dollars from the Medicaid program that provides health insurance for disabled adults and sick kids and half the births in the US and tens of thousands of low-income seniors in nursing homes.
But Johnson's record offers some clues about the way he reacts when presented with other people's suffering.
Here's one blog posting with links to his record:
* Video of Ron Johnson's testimony before a Wisconsin legislative committee that put him in the spotlight even before he ran for US Senate.
The question was whether to make it easier for claims to be filed: Johnson appeared in opposition.
* And do not forget Johnson's silence after being told that a female aide had been sexually assaulted - - a matter that led to more revelations and the eventual ouster and jailing of the abuser - - a high-ranking Wisconsin GOP legislator.