U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson speaks at Ripon College last week Friday.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson speaks at Ripon College last week Friday.

   “President” Ron Johnson?

   During an appearance in Ripon last week, Wisconsin’s senior U.S. senator briefly discussed the possibility of moving his office to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. 

   Johnson spoke Friday in Ripon College’s Harwood Union during a forum hosted by the school’s new Center for Politics and the People. 

   The Republican from Oshkosh didn’t bring up the topic until questioned about it, and he didn’t say he had any intention of running. 

   He noted that he’s “not really thrilled” with anyone who suggests this early that he or she is seeking their party’s nomination.  

   Better to choose a “reluctant leader,” Johnson said, someone who is not now seeking the office. 

   Johnson expressed disappointment that “freedom has receded” in America, noting “it’s what we have to relearn ... from a business standpoint it’s what we have to remarket.”

   And he flashed genuine anger when discussing the woman regarded to be the Democrat’s best chance for winning the White House in 30 months.

   But what’s most important is what Johnson didn’t say about the prospect of his seeking the presidency in 2016. 

   He didn’t say no. 

Read the full story in the May 8, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.