I am not going to say that Senator Tim Johnson was poisoned. A conspiracy theorist could easily come to that conclusion, however.
Think of the strange way that this story has been reported. First we hear that Tim Johnson had a stroke. Then, physicians insist that it was not a stroke, but was a stroke-like condition that they refuse to name. Then, an anonymous “source” is identified proclaiming that Senator Johnson had some kind of underlying condition that no one knew about that explains the incident. Then, we see that Senator Johnson, even though he had a mild incident that was treated almost right away, and left him coherent, walking, but just not feeling well the last time he was seen in public, has been put into surgery that has left him in critical condition.
Senator Johnson, though a Democrat, is from a state where right politics dominate, and where there is a Republican governor who will have the power to appoint a new Senator should Senator Johnson be incapacitated or die. With a Republican to replace Senator Johnson, the Senate would return to GOP control, and the Democrats in the House would be blocked from taking action not approved of by the Senate Republicans.
I am not saying that Senator Johnson was poisoned. I have no evidence for coming to that conclusion. I will point out that the stakes are high and the circumstances around Senator Johnson’s sudden and grave illness are mysterious.
If someone wanted to stop the Democrats from gaining control over the United States Senate through nefarious means, now is the time that they would strike, and Tim Johnson is exactly the kind of Senator they would chose to target.
Our government is in a fragile state, and if someone wanted to keep it from the hands of the Democratic Party, a poisoning of the type that killed Alexandar Litvinenko could do the job. That’s probably not what has happened with Senator Johnson. Grave illness and death does come at inconvenient times without the help of secret agents carrying vials of poison.
A thorough explanation and documentation of Senator Johnson’s medical condition is called for, however, especially if it results in a Republican politician appointed into the seat to which Tim Johnson was elected.